Shepherd’s pie is a popular dish in the UK and Ireland. Made of ground lamb with veggies topped with mashed potatoes. For this recipe I used a healthier take on shepherd’s pie with ground turkey and a creamy sweet potato topping! My oldest son is a health nut and the younger son is a picky eater. They both love this recipe!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 lbs ground turkey or ground chicken
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste (for gluten free check the label)
- 14.5oz can peeled and crushed tomatoes with green chilies (for gluten free check the label)
- 2 lbs white sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large pieces
- 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese ( for Paleo style use Trader Joe’s New Zealand Grass – fed Sharp Cheddar )
- 2 garlic cloves, whole
- ¼ cup heated milk ( for Paleo style use unsweetened almond milk)
- salt and pepper to taste
- ½ tsp turmeric
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Cook the sweet potatoes and the two whole garlic cloves in salted water, uncovered, over high heat. Cook them until fork tender, about 15-20 minutes.
While the potatoes are cooking, make the meat filling.
Heat oil in frying pan. Add the meat, onion, garlic, salt, pepper and turmeric, sauté until the meat is well browned and the onion is softened about 10 minutes. Add tomato paste and crushed tomatoes, and continue to cook until liquid from the tomatoes evaporates and the sauce has thickened about 10 to 15 minutes. Taste and add salt to taste. Remove from the heat.
Drain sweet potatoes and garlic in a colander. Mash them with a potato masher. Continue to mash while adding cheese, milk, salt, and pepper. Stir till smooth and creamy. Set aside.
Spread the meat mixture into the bottom of an ovenproof dish. Cover with a layer of mashed sweet potatoes. Bake uncovered, for 25-30 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to set for about 10 minutes before serving.
Facts: The typical sweet potatoes from grocery stores are white, and yams are orange. Sweet potatoes are sweeter and dryer than yam. Look for small to medium-sized sweet potatoes that are sweet as well as creamy. The bigger ones are usually starchier.
Sweet potatoes contain high amounts of beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin B and phosphorus, making them a powerful tool against infection.
Sweet potatoes contain complex starches, which are excellent for boosting strength and energy.
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