Do you ever get a hankering for something that sounds just so delicious? Surely you do. That was probably a dumb question. Out of the clear blue sky, I got a hankering for some shepherd’s pie. Well, actually. I was thinking about how I could use the green beans that we picked from our garden a week or so ago that have been sitting in my fridge. I didn’t want them to go to waste and I didn’t want them to just be a boring side either. I mentally went through my catalog of favorite recipes and this popped in to mind. As much as I love my other Shepherd’s Pie recipe, I wanted to switch it up. For two reasons: 1) the hubs isn’t a fan of white potatoes and 2) I wanted it to be a healthy guilt free dinner. So. I switched it up. You want to know what? It turned out amazing. Seriously. I was a little worried about the cheese/sweet potato combo but it totally works! If you are a shepherd’s pie fan, you have got to try this version.
1 lb. ground turkey
1/2 med. onion, diced
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. oregano
1 (15.25 oz.) can of corn, drained
1 (14.5 oz.) can of green beans, drained
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
2 c. sweet potatoes, cubed (approx 3 med. potatoes)
1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350. In a medium pot, boil sweet potato cubes until soft; approx. 10-15 minutes (depending on the size of your cubes). While sweet potatoes are boiling, heat olive oil on medium-high in a large pan and saute onions until translucent; 3-5 minutes. Add ground turkey; brown and season with garlic salt, salt & oregano. Add corn, green beans and tomato sauce. Heat throughout. Once potatoes have softened, drain all water and mash with a potato masher, hand held immersion blender, or hand mixer. Spoon meat mixture into the bottom of a casserole dish and cover with prepared mashed potatoes. Sprinkle the pie with shredded cheese and bake for 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted.
[My 2 Cents]
I didn’t grow up with a garden, so each time I get to use something from our garden we’ve got going this year I get so excited. I’m amazed at how wonderful fresh veggies and herbs taste. I used the green beans from our garden and measured about a cup and a half. I also used whole tomatoes that we canned last summer. I just threw them in the blender and blended until smooth and measured out about two cups (you could use less if you like).