Serving Size:
1/6 of pie

    Diet Types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Diabetes
  • Lower Protein
  • Higher Potassium
  • Dialysis


  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup onion
  • 3/4 cup carrots
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce, no salt added
  • 3/4 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 package brown gravy mix


  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. Chop onion and carrots. Mince garlic.
  3. While potatoes are cooking, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large frying pan. Over medium heat, sauté onions and garlic until tender (10 minutes).
  4. Add ground beef and sauté until no longer pink.
  5. Add pepper, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce and vegetables. Simmer on low heat, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  7. Mash potatoes in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of butter. Mix in milk to give potatoes a creamy consistency. Add pepper to taste.
  8. Spread beef evenly in baking dish.  Cover evenly with mashed potatoes. Use a fork to make a design.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes until bubbly. To brown top, broil for 2 minutes if desired.
  10. Prepare gravy mix according to package instructions. Serve 2 tablespoons of gravy over each portion.

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 DaVita.com. The nutrients have been adjusted to reflect this change.

Nutrients per serving

Calories 347

Protein 21 g

Carbohydrates 23 g

Fat 19 g

Cholesterol 73 mg

Sodium 296 mg

Potassium 553 mg

Phosphorus 254 mg

Calcium 96 mg

Fiber 2.5 g

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

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

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