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.
Healthy Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie
This Healthy Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie recipe is filled with wholesome vegetables, and warms the belly while delighting your taste buds!
- 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 F.
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).
Love this shepards pie so tasty.
So glad you love the recipe Paula! It’s a favorite around here too and we eat it on a regular basis!
You lost me at canned green beans. The texture is mush and the metallic taste is unappealing.
Hi Willa, have you ever tried frozen green beans? I’ve found that I prefer them more than canned green beans! If you wanted to, you could substitute about 1 and 3/4 cups of frozen (or fresh) green beans for the can of green beans that the recipe calls for.
Delicious! We loved this!
Awfully high in sodium. Chef Sharynne
Can’t wait to make this, sounds delicious! What size casserole dish do you recommend?
You could do a 9×13! Enjoy!
I wonder how you would reheat this (make now, serve later)
I’ve just reheated in my toaster oven and it turns out great – enjoy!
Making this weekend and then pinning it if its thats good. And I can tell from the ingredients and the rave reviews that it is. Thanks, Oh I’m pinning it now. LOL
Hahaha.. I love this comment! Thanks for pinning!
Just made this amazing recipe tonight it was easy,family LOVED it and it’s healthy! Amazing recipe Yvonne! Thank you :)
Wonderful! That makes me so happy, thanks for letting me know!
Thanks so much for the recipe! This was delicious…will be making again!
I’m so happy to hear that!
Making this ASAP! Do you know how many servings it is?
I’m actually making this tomorrow – I hope you love it! I would say 6-8 servings!
Thank you! I am planning to make it Sunday so I’ll let you know how it turns out :)
Making this today and I am very excited!!!! Thank you!
Awesome, I hope you liked it! It’s a favorite for sure :D
I just looove you recipes! Even my little picky eaters ask for seconds!!! Thanks for sharing.
Oooh Maria! You just made my morning! Thank you so much. I was actually going to make this for dinner last night. I think I’ll make it tonight!
Looks so good!!! I’m going to make this as we love sweet potatoes at our house :)
Awesome! Jen, this recipe is FANTASTIC!! I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as we did!
Thanks Yvonne! This will stay in my rotation! I’m always on the lookout for healthy and delicious meals. This is also in the comfort food category.
Oh I’m so happy. This is definitely a favorite of mine! Healthy & delicious? SCORE!
My husband and I decided to make this for dinner last night, after I was searching through the site for something new to eat and to only use what we had already at the house (minus sweet potatoes), and it was awesome!! I am a very picky eater and I don’t care for sweet potatoes but they were so delicious and the consistency in this dish was wonderful! We are definetly making this again!!
I’m so happy you loved it! Isn’t it a trip how well the sweet potatoes work in this dish? I was almost blown away at how flavorful and wonderful the combination was. Thanks for stopping by to let me know – enjoy!
Ashly Mitchell Grzyb
another yummy variation would be mashed cauliflower. I love using it as a potato substitute!
Ohmygosh – that’s totally bril! I’m going to try that FOR SURE! Thanks for the suggestion!
This sounds great — I love sweet potatoes, alone or with just about anything.
Thanks for stopping by, I was pleasantly surprised with how well the sweet potatoes replaced the white potatoes. So yummy!
Oh wow! What clever idea! This looks so delicious & flavorful! :) I’ve pinned it & will certainly be making it! I followed you here from the party at 6 Sister’s Stuff & would like to invite you to come link up with me on Tuesdays at Tasty Tuesdays, where every post gets pinned! Hope to see you on Tuesday! Here’s the link to all my parties: http://anyonitanibbles.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Tasty%20Tuesdays
It IS so delicious and it IS so flavorful… I wish I still had leftovers! I’ll have to check out your link party, thanks for coming over to visit.
I love adding sweet potato to my Shepard’s Pie! Yummy yum! Great post.
Yay! So glad it’s something you already know you like!
I have everything but the sweet potatoes & I bet this is fantastic!
We gobbled this meal up so fast I couldn’t believe it. So flavorful. I wasn’t reaching for the salt and pepper at the dinner table like I normally am!
I LOVE sweet potatoes! Never ever thought to switch them for white on a Sheppard pie! This is my go-to comfort food during the winter! Thanks for sharing!
Seriously – it was like a light came on for me! Well, I guess that isn’t true. A friend mentioned that she switched out the white potatoes for sweet but that was a month or two ago and I forgot.. so when I remembered I was so excited that we had some!
Yum! I’m so excited to try this! We LOVE shepherd’s pie. Pinned!
Yay! It is so good! Hope you try it and like it!
Oh this looks so good! I am so pinning this – one of these days I need to start making all of these recipes that I am pinning.
Isn’t that the truth!!! I also pin sooooo many delicious sounding/looking/tasting things and wish I had more time to get to actually making them :)