Shepherd’s pie, traditionally a way to use up leftover meat, is a delicious and comforting dish.

Comfort foods are often associated with eating that’s unhealthful, but that doesn’t have to be the case. It all comes down to finding the right balance in your ingredients and being mindful of portion sizes.

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In today’s shepherd’s pie recipe, we added lots of vegetables and made the mashed potatoes with low-fat dairy to amp up the nutrients and lower saturated fat and calories. We used a lean cut of beef, too.