Sweet Potato Turkey Shepherds Pie

November 13, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Today was the first day of the year that we have snow flakes falling!  Most people are not excited about it, but I love the change in seasons, and the food that comes with it.  In my house we have been on a mission of comfort food!  Thanksgiving is around the corner, and I have turkey on the brain.  With my Irish heritage, Shepherd's Pie is near and dear to my heart, but that doesn't mean that I can't give it a little twist.  As I have mentioned before, my husband is experimenting with the Paleo diet, and it seems to be working.  I personally think it is him not eating the snacks at work that is helping his weight...but what do I know.  Either way, I wanted to make shepherd's pie, but needed to change the topping to abide by the diet, so I swapped in sweet potatoes and used ground turkey instead of beef, and it was delicious!  So here are some pictures I took of the meal, along with the recipe.  

 

Turkey Shepherd's Pie

Yields: 6 servings  Oven: 350*

1 lb Ground Turkey 

1 Medium Onion. Diced 

3 Stalks Celery . Diced 

3 Carrots. Diced 

1 sm. container mushrooms. Sliced

3 cloves Garlic. Diced

1 tsp Cumin

1 tsp Thyme. Dried

1/2 bag frozen peas

2 T Flour

1 cup Vegetable Stock

4 Sweet Potatoes. Peeled, Diced and Boiled 

2 T Butter 

1 Cup Almond Milk 

Salt and Pepper 

 

Process: 

Preheat oven to 350*.  Peel potatoes, dice and boil until fork tender.  Return potatoes to pot, mash with butter, almond milk, and salt and pepper, set aside.  Coat large saute pan with olive oil, and heat for a few minutes.  When oil is warm add ground turkey and saute for 10 minutes, or until no longer pink.  Add your onion, celery, and carrots and saute for 5 minutes.  After onions are translucent, add mushrooms, peas and garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, and cumin and saute for 2 minutes longer.  When vegetables are soft and tender add flour to pan and stir.  Once vegetables are coated with flour add vegetable stock and let sauce thicken, simmering for 5 minutes, while stirring.  

Once you have the base completed as well as the potatoes it is time to assemble the dish.  Add turkey vegetable mixture to a 9x12" casserole dish, spoon sweet potatoes on top and spread out.  Put casserole in pre heated oven and bake for 15 minutes or until casserole is bubbling.  

Eat. and enjoy! 


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