Delicious Healthier Shepard’s Pie

This healthier version of comfort food will warm your heart.

This healthier version of comfort food will warm your heart.

My Version of Delicious Healthier Shepard’s Pie 

This Shepard’s Pie uses heart healthy ground turkey which is lower in fat than traditional versions. Also, I swapped out the butter and cream for chicken broth and buttery spread while adding more vegetables than usual. Sauteed veggies and spices add flavor to this fall comfort food dinner.

Ingredients for the potatoes:

  • 8 medium Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon Smart Balance or Earth Balance buttery spread
  • salt & pepper to taste

Ingredients for the filling:

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 small zucchini diced
  • 1 green or yellow bell pepper diced
  • 3 carrots peeled and diced small
  • 1 cup frozen peas + 1 cup frozen green beans, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon thyme + salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash or other no salt seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large pot of water, cook potatoes until fork tender. Drain and mash with a potato masher, along with milk, Smart Balance, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a large sauté pan, brown ground turkey with 1/2 of the diced onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Place into a bowl for later use. Add to the pan the olive oil, celery, onion, zucchini, bell pepper, carrots, seasonings and chicken broth. When vegetables are tender, add frozen thawed veggies. Add browned ground turkey back into pan, stir well and let simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.

Spread the turkey veggie mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan sprayed with cooking spray. Top with mashed potatoes. Use a fork to make designs in the potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden.

Tips: Make this your own version of delicious by using other veggies and seasonings you like. Serve with sliced tomatoes or a green salad. 

Nutrition info per serving: Serves 6 – 1 1/4 cups each

Calories: 284      Fat: 8 gr

Saturated fat: 2 gr     Cholesterol 47mg

Carbohydrates 31 gr     Fiber: 6 gr

Sodium: 450 mg      Protein: 25 grams

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