Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

Updated:Apr 16,2014


SCwH-Sweet Potato Shepherd?s Pie

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie



4 servings

About $3.94 per serving

1 pound sweet potatoes or 3 (15 oz.) cans no added sugar chopped yams or sweet potatoes in water, rinsed
½ cup skim milk
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon or nutmeg
Cooking spray
1 medium onion (any color), chopped
1 bell pepper (any color), seeded and chopped
1 pound extra lean (95% lean) or 99% fat free ground turkey
½ teaspoon dried thyme or dried basil
1 (16 oz.) bag thawed vegetable medley (like green beans, corn, and peas) or whatever is on sale
1 cup low-sodium beef broth
2 teaspoons cornstarch

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  2. Wash and peel sweet potatoes. Chop into 1-inch pieces.
  3. Add to a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until potatoes are very tender, about 12 to 15 minutes. Drain in a colander.
  4. Return sweet potatoes to pot. Add milk, cinnamon, or nutmeg. Mash with a fork or potato masher until smooth. 
  5. Spray large pan with cooking spray. Add chopped onion and bell pepper and cook over medium-high heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add meat and thyme, cooking until done, about 5 more minutes.
  6. Add vegetables, beef broth, and cornstarch, stirring to combine. Cook a few minutes until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat.
  7. Add beef mixture into an 8- or 9-inch baking dish. Spread the sweet potatoes evenly on top of the beef and vegetables. Cook in oven until entirely heated, about 15 minutes.

Cooking Tips: 1 (14.4 oz.) bag of frozen pepper stir-fry can be substituted for the fresh onion and pepper.

Keep it Healthy: Sweet potatoes are chock full of minerals and vitamins, making them a fabulous and healthy starch alternative.

Cook Once, Eat Twice: Double the recipe for the mashed sweet potatoes and serve as a side for the next dinner.

Per serving:
Total Fat6.5 g
Saturated Fat2.5 g
Trans Fat0.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat2.5 g
Cholesterol 63 mg
Sodium196 mg
Carbohydrates46 g
Dietary Fiber9 g
Total Sugars14 g
Protein 31 g

Recipe copyright © 2014 American Heart Association. This recipe is brought to you by the American Heart Association’s Simple Cooking with Heart ® Program. For more simple, quick and affordable recipes, visit heart.org/simplecooking.

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