Turkey Shepherds Pie w/Sweet Potato

We discovered this healthier version of shepherds pie in Vivian Howard's cookbook and never looked back. It is a hearty dish that can be made up ahead of time and baked in the oven later that evening. You can even freeze and reheat the leftovers in the microwave.
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Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 484 kcal


  • 1 Baking Dish or Casserole Dish
  • 1 Potato Masher


  • 2 Sweet Potatoes Large
  • 1/8 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
  • 1.5 Lbs Ground Turkey
  • 1 Cups Green pepper
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Cans French Style Green Beans
  • 3 Ounces Tomato Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic
  • 1 Tsp Chipotle Powder
  • 1 Tsp Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Ground Turmeric
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cumin
  • 4 Ounces Water


  • Preheat the oven to 350F
  • Wash the sweet potato
  • Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into 2 inch cubes
  • Place potatoes in a medium saucepan and cover with salted water
  • Bring to a boil you will reduce and simmer until potatoes are very tender
  • In the meanwhile chop the peppers
  • Chop the onions
  • Chop the garlic
  • Add the olive oil to a frying pan on medium heat. Once it's hot add the onions and peppers until glistening then add the garlic
  • Cook until you smell the garlic (approx. 1 minute) remove all the veggies from the heat and place into a bowl
  • Brown the ground turkey (you may have to add in a little more oil to the pan)
  • Add in the brown sugar and the spices to the meat
  • Once browned add in the tomato paste
  • Add the water
  • Taste and decide if the mixture needs any more spice
  • Let cook until it reduces into a thicker sauce consistency
  • Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot
  • Add the butter and mash them
  • Add the turkey mixture to a casserole dish or a aluminum foil baking pan
  • Layer the green beans on top
  • Add dollops of sweet potato so that it will spread evenly
  • Spread the mashed sweet potato evenly on the top
  • Sprinkle with the grated cheese ( you may add more butter if you prefer)
  • Bake for 1 hour uncovered



You can substitute corn for the green beans
Add mushrooms for extra flavor 
Serve with a little hot sauce if you want to spice it up 


Calories: 484kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 47gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 1068mgPotassium: 1400mgFiber: 8gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 17406IUVitamin C: 50mgCalcium: 175mgIron: 4mg
Keyword budget, Dinner, Fall Meal, Filling, freezer meal
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