Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  404
  • Protein  16 g
  • Carbohydrates  22 g
  • Fat  28 g
  • Cholesterol  78 mg
  • Sodium  268 mg
  • Potassium  545 mg
  • Phosphorus  178 mg
  • Calcium  34 mg
  • Fiber  3.1 g

Easy Shepherd’s Pie Lower Protein

Easy Shepherd’s Pie combines everything yummy — mashed potatoes, savory ground beef and sweet veggies — all in one hot, delicious dish. Juhi, a DaVita dietitian from California, grew up in England and has created an easy-to-make, kidney-friendly recipe of this traditional British meal that American’s will love.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Juhi from California.

Portions: 6     Serving size: 1/6 of pie


  • 2 large potatoes that have been leached
  • 4 tablespoons butter (divided use)
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce, no salt added
  • 3/4 cup carrots, chopped
  • 3/4 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 cup nondairy creamer
  • 1/2 cup brown gravy (from dry mix and water)


  1. Peel potatoes and cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Boil in a large pot of water  for 5 minutes. Drain water, replace and boil again until potatoes are tender; drain.
  2. While potatoes are cooking, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large frying pan. Over medium heat, sauté onions and garlic until tender (10 minutes).
  3. Add ground beef and sauté until no longer pink.
  4. Add pepper, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce and vegetables. Simmer on low heat, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  6. Mash potatoes in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of butter. Mix in nondairy creamer to give potatoes a creamy consistency. Add pepper to taste.
  7. Spread beef evenly in baking dish.  Cover evenly with mash potatoes. Use a fork to make a design.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes until bubbly. To brown top, broil for 2 minutes if desired.
  9. Serve 2 tablespoons of gravy over each portion.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    • 2 meat
    • 1 starch
    • 1-1/2 vegetable, medium potassium
    • 3 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Double boiling potatoes in a large pot of water reduces potassium content. Peel and cut potatoes into small pieces, cover with water and boil  5 minutes. Replace with fresh water and cook to desired consistency. Discard cooking water.
  • Freeze extra portions for a quick meal later.
  • This lower protein version of Easy Sheperd's Pie has a reduced amount of ground beef compared to the original recipe on The nutrients have been adjusted to reflect this change.


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Easy Shepherd’s Pie Lower Protein

Gmorganteen says:


Can u sub evaporated milk for any recipe that uses non dairy creamer? I will be using mashed cauliflower for the potatoes. Thanks Dietitian comment: No the evaporated milk has much more potassium and phosphorus. Try rice milk or almond milk instead.

Mar. 01, 2014, 8:37 PM - Inappropriate review?

Easy Shepherd’s Pie Lower Protein

cats says:


I made this for supper, it as delicious. I soaked the potatoes for 6 hrs, changing water twice. I think over cook the potatoes, they were very sticky to work with.

Jun. 05, 2013, 1:16 AM - Inappropriate review?

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