This is the BEST shepherds pie recipe. It is everything you love about this favorite fall comfort food, made healthier using a sweet potato pumpkin blend topping, and a lean ground turkey filling made with extra veggies and bone broth. It is satisfying yet guilt free!
This sweet potato shepherds pie recipe gives me allll the fall feels. And now it can do the same for you! It is your classic version with some fun twists, making it a little more fall inspired, a little cleaner, and, in my opinion, a whole lot tastier.
First of all, the topping of this pie packs in a whole lot more nutrients than your standard shepherds pie recipe, and leaves out a lot of what you don’t want! A classic shepherds pie topping is super heavy and dense. It is made of mashed white potatoes with butter and sour cream and topped with a ton of cheese. What is mine made out of? The perfect combination of sweet potato, pumpkin, and spices.
Sweet potatoes have fewer carbs and calories than your typical white potato as well as a little more fiber. Sweet potatoes are also PACKED full of vitamins and minerals contributing to many health benefits. One alone has over 100% of your daily vitamin A requirements, which helps boost immunity and fights off disease and infection. It is also a great source of beta carotene. Plus they are a great way to curb sweets cravings.
Pumpkin is also very high in both vitamin A and beta carotene (as these are characteristics of orange fruits and veggies). But it is also 94% water therefore is very low in calories.
That’s a lot of benefits in one little recipe – and that is only the topping!
Turkey or Beef
I eat a lot more turkey than I do beef. Mostly because I like it better. So that is what I made this recipe with. And it does tend to be leaner and lower in fat and calories if that is something you are looking for in your diet.
But if you like ground beef feel free to use that! Beef has gotten a bad reputation because of its fat content. But we are learning that there is actually not much science behind the fact that eating saturated fat causes heart disease, and most of the warnings and limitations placed on it in our dietary guidelines have been revoked. Just be sure to buy grass fed when you can.
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Let’s Make a Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie!
So are you ready to make the BEST shepherds pie recipe ever??
Most of my suggestions for this recipe are just about the proportions. The first time I made this dish I baked it in a smaller round glass dish. I used all of the meat and had some leftover sweet potato topping (which makes a great prep for my sweet potato breakfast bowl). The second time I made it I wanted to use my cast iron for some extra umph (everything just seems to taste better when you make it with the cast iron am I right!?). I have a large cast iron (12 inches) so let’s just say this made for pretty thin pie. Lots of topping, not a whole lot of meat. So the third time I doubled the filling and used my cast iron again. This is what I based the below recipe off of, so if you are making this in a smaller dish I would cut the turkey in half, you can reduce the amount of veggies if you’d like (but probably not necessary) and then be prepared to have some leftover topping to use for other fun recipes!
The other proportion is related to spices. There are no eggs or anything harmful (once the turkey is cooked through) in this recipe, so taste as you go! If you want your topping spicier, add more chili powder or even a dash of cayenne! If you want more coconut aminos to balance the tomato paste in your filling, go ahead! You get to be in charge of what you eat and that’s the best part!
Also if for any reason you don’t want to use pumpkin (you crazy you) you can definitely just use sweet potato for the topping 🙂
Lastly – I always broil mine in the oven for the last 5 minutes. Just to really cook, maybe even brown, the topping a little. Makes it extra yummy!
In addition to the ingredients listed, you will need:
- Potato peeler
- Potato masher
- Cast iron skillet
Ready for some sweet potato shepherds pie!? Let’s go!Print
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