Dinner tonight was a homestyle classic: Shepard’s Pie. The clean twist? My version is made with extra lean ground turkey and sweet potatoes instead of traditional beef and potatoes.
Turkey Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie (Serves 2)
2 Sweet potatoes (cubed)
1 Tablespoon unsweetened almond milk (or whatever milk you prefer)
1/4 Cup sliced carrots
1/4 Cup chopped red onion
1/4 Cup chopped celery
1 Chopped garlic clove
1/4 Cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 Cup low sodium fat free chicken broth (make sure the brand you use it clean!)
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
8 Ounces 99% fat free extra lean ground turkey
1/2 Teaspoon rosemary
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a pot, boil cubed sweet potatoes. Drain the sweet potatoes when they become tender. In a bowl, mash the sweet potatoes with the unsweetened almond milk. Set aside mashed sweet potatoes for later. Meanwhile, in a pan with a bit of oil to slick the pan, begin to sauté the vegetables. Start with the carrots first, as they will take the longest to cook. Then add the celery and red onion. Lastly, add the mushrooms and garlic clove. Once the vegetables are tender, add the chicken broth and tomato paste. Set aside vegetable mixture for later. In another pan, cook ground turkey and rosemary until the turkey is cooked thoroughly and is no longer pink. In 2 individual ramekins, spread a layer of the ground turkey on the bottom of the ramekin. Next, spread a layer of the vegetable mixture (with sauce as well) on top of the ground turkey. Finally, spread a layer of the mashed sweet potatoes on top of the vegetable mixture. Cook in the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until the top of the sweet potatoes begins to brown. Wait 5-10 minutes for the shepard’s pie to cool before eating.
I loved this recipe! It felt like comfort food, but without the guilt! I think I’m going to try a clean twist on chicken pot pie sometime soon… What do you guys think? Sound like a good idea? Or is it better not to mess with such a classic?
Stay tuned for tomorrow— I have something special to surprise you all with on WOW WEDNESDAY!!!