Cell Membrane Supportive Shepherd’s Pie
Dr. Bruce Hoffman
March 4, 2024


  • 2 lbs ground turkey thighs
  • 1 Tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp dried sage
  • 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 1 leek, half moon sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, small diced
  • 2 carrots, small dices
  • 1 parsnip, peeled and small diced
  • 1 cup homemade chicken or vegetable stock – divided
  • 1 bag organic green peas
  • 1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
  • 2 large white sweet potatoes, peeled, and steamed until tender
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh sage
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 3 Tbsp ghee, divided


  1. Gather a large skillet and add a small amount of chicken broth, about 1/4 cup. Add ground turkey, 2 tsp sea salt, herbs leeks, carrots, celery, parsnip, cook until meat is done. Add green peas and parsley set aside.
  2. Steam the sweet potatoes until tender – about 15 min. Transfer to a food processor and add 1/2 cup chicken broth, 2 tbsp ghee, fresh herbs and 1-2 tsp sea salt. Process until smooth. You may need to do this step in batches depending on the size of the food processor. Taste and adjust for seasonings.
  3. Place meat/vegetable mixture into a casserole dish and press down evenly. Top with sweet potato mash. Top with green onions and serve.

Nutrition Tip

Rosemary is a phenomenal super herb. Below is a list of all the reasons to add rosemary into your diet!

Antioxidant properties: Rosemary contains antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.

Anti-inflammatory effects: Rosemary has anti-inflammatory effects that may help reduce pain and swelling in conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Improved digestion: Rosemary may stimulate digestive enzymes and improve digestion, helping to relieve symptoms like bloating and constipation.

Boosts the immune system: Rosemary contains compounds like carnosic acid and rosmarinic acid that have been shown to have antimicrobial and antiviral effects, helping to boost the immune system.

Enhances memory and concentration: Rosemary has been shown to improve memory and concentration by increasing blood flow to the brain.

Skin care: Rosemary oil has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, making it a popular ingredient in skin care products for the treatment of acne and other skin conditions.

Hair care: Rosemary oil is also used to improve hair health, as it can help to stimulate hair growth and reduce hair loss.

Dr. Bruce Hoffman

Dr. Bruce Hoffman, MSc, MBChB, FAARM, IFMCP is a Calgary-based Integrative and Functional medicine practitioner. He is the medical director at the Hoffman Centre for Integrative Medicine and The Brain Centre of Alberta specializing in complex medical conditions.

He was born in South Africa and obtained his medical degree from the University of Cape Town. He is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner (IFM), is board certified with a fellowship in anti-aging (hormones) and regenerative medicine (A4M), a certified Shoemaker Mold Treatment Protocol Practitioner (CIRS) and ILADS trained in the treatment of Lyme disease and co-infections.

He is the co-author of a recent paper published by Dr. Afrin’s group: Diagnosis of mast cell activation syndrome: a global “consensus-2”. Read more about Dr. Bruce Hoffman.