Healthier Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Healthier shepherd's pie recipe

When it comes to comfort food, I think shepherd’s pie should be on the list. It’s so hearty and filling and full of flavor…what’s not to love?! First of all, it contains one of my favorite food groups…mashed potatoes (yummm!). Second, it’s a complete meal (meat, veggies, and potatoes) all in one dish! That is why I decided to re-create this meal with a healthier twist! This healthier shepherd’s pie recipe keeps all of the flavor that you love, but with much less calories! Give it a try!

healthier shepherd's pie

 

Start out by washing, peeling, and chopping¬† your potatoes. Then place them in a large pot and cover them with water and a dash of salt. Place the pot on the stove and turn the burner to high. Let the potatoes cook for 20-30 minutes (they should be boiling by the end). You’ll know they are done once a fork can easily pierce a potato.

While the potatoes are cooking, preheat the over to 400 degrees F. Start off by heating the olive oil in a large skillet on the stove. Add the onion and cook for about 3 minutes. Then add in the ground turkey and continue breaking it into small pieces as it cooks. Once the turkey is fully cooked, add in the frozen mixed vegetables, tomato paste, 1/2 cup chicken broth, and worcestershire sauce. Thoroughly mix together and cook for about 5 more minutes. Then pour the mixture into the bottom of a glass baking dish.

healthier shepherd's pie

Once the potatoes are done cooking, drain them and put them back in the same pot. Add the remaining 1 cup of chicken broth and mix them either with a potato masher or a hand mixer. Scoop out the mashed potatoes and spread them in an even layer on top of your turkey mixture. Place in the oven for 30 minutes.

Creative Variations:

  • I used 93% lean ground turkey to keep the calories lower, but flavor high. Feel free to use even lean ground turkey, or even ground beef.
  • I used a bag of frozen mixed vegetables that contained carrots, corn, peas, and green beans. But you can use whatever you like!
  • To make this a lower carb meal, try using mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes for the topping!

Healthier Shepherd's Pie Recipe
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 8 servings
  • Serving size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 370
  • Fat: 8.6
  • Saturated fat: 2.2
  • Carbohydrates: 48.4
  • Sugar: 6.3
  • Sodium: 686
  • Fiber: 4.8
  • Protein: 27.9
  • Cholesterol: 91
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Ingredients
  • 2, 16oz contains of 93 lean ground turkey
  • 4 medium white potatoes
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 12oz frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1.5 cups chicken broth [split into ½ cup and 1 cup]
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Wash, peel and chop the potatoes. Then place them in a large pot and cover them with water and a dash of salt. Place the pot on the stove and turn the burner to high. Let the potatoes cook for 20-30 minutes (they should be boiling by the end). You'll know they are done once a fork can easily pierce a potato.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, preheat the over to 400 degrees F. Start off by heating the olive oil in a large skillet on the stove. Add the onion and cook for about 3 minutes.
  3. Then add in the ground turkey and continue breaking it into small pieces as it cooks.
  4. Once the turkey is fully cooked, add in the frozen mixed vegetables, tomato paste, ½ cup chicken broth, and worcestershire sauce. Thoroughly mix together and cook for about 5 more minutes. Then pour the mixture into the bottom of a glass baking dish.
  5. Once the potatoes are done cooking, drain them and put them back in the same pot. Add the remaining 1 cup of chicken broth and mix them either with a potato masher or a hand mixer.
  6. Scoop out the mashed potatoes and spread them in an even layer on top of your turkey mixture. Place in the oven for 30 minutes.

 

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