Shepherds pie brings back memories of my childhood and family dinners. This is a healthier version of the classic that I know you will love. It is really quick to make and the flavor profile is so versatile. This is based on a Southwestern flavor, but you can change it up to taste how ever you like.
1 pound ground turkey
2 teaspoons of Seasoning blend:dried oregano, cajun, chili powder, ground cumin (I recommend a 2:1 ratio of the oregano and cumin to the cajun and chili powder. If you want the taste more spicy, add extra chili powder and cajun).
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Cloves fresh garlic
1 Pound Sweet Potatoes (Yams are a suitable substitute)
1 Carrot diced
1 Rib of celery diced
1/2 Cup Chicken stock
A couple dashes of worcestershire sauce
1/2 Cup frozen corn
1 Cup fresh spinach
Peel, boil and mash sweet potatoes. Make as you would regular mashed potatoes. For a lower calorie option, use Olivina ( a non hydrogenated olive oil margarine) instead of butter.
In a large skillet saute onion, carrot and celery for 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and ground turkey and continue to cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add 2 teaspoons of seasoning mixture and chicken stock an d cook until turkey mixture is cooked. Turn off heat, add corn and spinach. Mix thoroughly.
Place meat and vegetable mixture into baking dish sprayed with non stick spray. Top with mashed sweet potatoes.
Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until sweet potatoes are slightly browned. Serve while hot.
Also note if you have turkey leftovers, you can substitute diced turkey instead of ground turkey. You just need to shorten the cooking time on the stove. Cook the carrot, onion and celery mixture as stated above and from there you can add your seasoning mixture and stock. Simmer that until the vegetables are slightly underdone, turn the heat off, then add your diced turkey, corn and spinach. From here just put in baking dish and top with mashed sweet potato. Bake as instructed above.
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