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Sweet Potato 'Shepherd's Pie' w/ Mushroom Onion Gravy

This healthy shepherd's pie is layered with ground turkey and veggies topped with whipped sweet potatoes and a savory mushroom gravy.
Servings 10


  • 1 and 1/2 large yams washed, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 and 1/2 cups frozen pea/carrot mix
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup diced red bell peppers
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 large white onion chopped
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 pound fresh green beans cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp. Worchestire sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • For the mushroom gravy optional
  • 1/2 large white onion chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms sliced thinly
  • 3 Tbsp. EVOO
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium pot bring water to boil. Cook the bell peppers and fresh green beans in the boiling water for 5 minutes then remove from water with a slotted spoon, set aside in small bowl.
  • Keep the same boiling water and add in the cubed yams. Cook the yams for 12-15 minutes or until tender, then strain & set aside to cool.
  • While the yams are boiling add the olive oil in a large pan and saute the chopped onion for 5 minutes. Add in the ground turkey, garlic powder, and oregano. Cook until no longer pink.
  • Once fully cooked add the tomato paste, ketchup, Worchestire sauce, bell pepper and green bean mixture, carrots and peas, and the corn. Stir until all ingredients are incorporated evenly.
  • With a food processor, mix the sweet potatoes with the butter and milk until fluffy. Spray a casserole dish with PAM, and spread the ground turkey vegetable mixture on the bottom. Then carefully scoop and spread the sweet potatoes across the top of the ground turkey. Top with cheese and cook for 10-15 minutes.
  • While in the oven, you can make the gravy (optional). In a medium sauce pan, saute the olive oil, onion, and mushrooms for about 10 minutes. Add in the flour and stir. Then, slowly whisk in the beef broth and red wine. Simmer until mixture thickens. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Once removed from the oven, let it sit for about 10 minutes, top with gravy and enjoy!


The Gravy is totally optional! Gravy recipe was adapted from the Food Network