This Lightened Up Shepherd’s Pie is the perfect, healthy weeknight meal that comes together in just 30 minutes! Crispy, baked sweet potato skins are filled with a light turkey and vegetable mixture, packed with flavor and light on calories!
I think just about everyone has that one dish that reminds them of home. The one that brings back memories as soon as you smell the aroma coming from the kitchen….the kind you long for when you move away to college or when you get your first apartment and know that Mom is no longer going to be making you said dish whenever you want it.
Well for me that dish is Shepherds Pie. It’s hearty, earthy and plain ol’ reminds me of home. I love taking old classics and updating them with new and fresh ingredients. My husband and I eat sweet potatoes far more often than regular potatoes. They have grown in popularity and are now a rival of the basic white potato. People call sweet potatoes healthy…which they are, in their own way.
What most people forget while eating sweet potatoes is that they have nearly the same carb amount as regular potatoes (though they are slightly lower in calories). So you really aren’t saving yourself any trouble in that regard. But sweet potatoes have a much lower glycemic index and a TON of vitamin A! So whenever I have the option I always pick sweet potatoes. I try to balance out my carbs and save them for my workouts…and for donuts. ←← No joke.
Let’s talk Lightened Up Shepherd’s Pie.
To make this dinner extra fast and to cut down on prep time, I pop the sweet potatoes in the microwave for 6-8 minutes. You don’t want to cook them all the way through because then it will be tough to scoop out the filling while keeping the potato skin in tact. For crispy skins, rub the potatoes with a little bit of olive oil before baking them in the oven during the final step.
The filling is prepared on the stove and is super simple! I use extra lean ground turkey. It goes great in this dish. You can use whatever veggies you prefer. We like green beans, cauliflower, carrots and corn. And lots of onions and garlic! They give this dish so much flavor! This is a great way to sneak in veggies for kiddos. Stella didn’t even notice them.
I say that this recipe feeds 8 but by husband can eat a whole sweet potato on his own and they make perfect leftovers to pack for lunch so I recommend making the full recipe!
This recipe makes eating healthy on a weeknight so easy and you won’t even miss all the fat from the traditional version!
- 4 Sweet Potatoes
- 1 lb. Lean Ground Turkey
- 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 1 Onion, diced (yellow or brown)
- 1 Large Carrot, diced into 1 inch pieces
- ½ Cup Corn
- 1 Cup Cauliflower, chopped
- ½ Cup Green Beans
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 2 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
- 1 Cup Low Sodium Beef Broth
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
- 1 Tablespoon Paprika
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 425°. Pierce each sweet potato 5-6 times with a fork. Microwave for 5-8 minutes or until tender enough to scoop out the filling but not mushy. While the potatoes are being microwaved, preheat a medium sized skillet and brown the ground turkey. Once the turkey has browned, add in the carrots, corn, cauliflower and green beans. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until the veggies are tender. Once the potatoes have cooked and are cool enough to handle, cut each potato lengthwise and scoop out two-thirds of the flesh into a bowl. Mash the potato flesh with a potato masher, adding 1-2 tablespoons of milk if needed to thin. Season accordingly with salt and pepper.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes stirring constantly. Whisk in the beef broth, worcestershire sauce and tomato paste. Cook for an additional minute until the mixture has thickened. Pour the gravy over the ground turkey and vegetables.
- (For crisper potatoes skins: Rub the back of each potato skin with 1 teaspoon of olive before filling.) Fill each potato halve with the ground turkey mixture. Top with mashed sweet potato. Bake on a baking sheet for 5-7 minutes or until warmed through out. Serve immediately.
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