Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Mash Topping – a Whole 30 Friendly recipe!
A hearty and satisfying meal for the entire family to enjoy. Like the Paleo Granola, it takes me (Stacie) back to the beginning when I first started creating recipes. In fact, I also featured this in one of my cooking classes in which the participants raved about! I’ve modified the recipe just a bit but you can see the original recipe here – don’t mind the photo.
This Shepherd’s Pie is Freezer friendly too.
This dish freezes nicely, so you can go ahead and double the recipe and freeze half for a future meal. Having a freezer full of already prepared meals makes for easy weeknight dinners. My freezer is stocked with several servings of Shepherd’s Pie and I even took it a step further by portioning out each serving into individual containers. I placed a couple of servings in the fridge for the days to come and the rest of the containers into the freezer for future meals. Who doesn’t love leftovers?! One of the many benefits of recipe developing!
Feel free to substitute regular potatoes for the sweet potatoes if you wish.
I’m a sweet potato lover, but if you’d prefer a regular mashed potato topping or it’s what you have on hand – no need to make a special trip to the grocery store, feel free to make that simple substitution. A cauliflower-parsnip mash topping is also quite delicious and makes a great low carb alternative. If you’re doubling the recipe you can top one of the pies with a potato mash and one with a cauliflower mash – the best of both worlds!
Serve it with a fresh mixed green salad and you have yourself a balanced meal.
Because this recipe includes an adequate amount of proteins, carbohydrates, fats and fiber it makes for a nicely balanced meal. And we all like a big hearty meal every once in a while so I think you’ll be pretty satisfied with the portion size of this dish, which is 1/4 of the recipe. Shepherd’s Pie here I come!
Ingredient shout out: Sweet potatoes – a nutrient dense carb.
- High in Vitamin B6 which reduces homocysteine in the blood reducing risk of heart disease.
- Excellent source of Vitamin C which enhances immunity, produces collagen for healthy skin & bones and promotes healthy digestion.
- A good source of Vitamin D which is important for energy and mood as well as bone and skin health.
- The rich orange color indicates that sweet potatoes are high in carotenoids like beta carotene, a precursor to Vitamin A which promotes eye health and enhances immunity.
- Rich in anti-aging antioxidants (carotenoids).
Read more about the benefits of Sweet Potatoes here.
On the Whole 30 plan or not – this recipe is one you’ll love.
- 1 lb. grass-fed ground beef, lamb or bison (Pederson's Natural Farms)
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
- ½ green pepper, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- ½ tsp. dried rosemary
- ¾ tsp. chili powder
- ¼ tsp. sea salt or to taste
- ¼ tsp. black pepper
- 3 oz. tomato paste (about 6 Tbsp.) (such as Muir Glen)
- 1 Tbsp. flaxseed meal (such as Bob's Red Mill) + 2 Tbsp. water (may substitute 1 egg white)
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (~3 ½-4 cups cubed)
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil or butter or avocado oil (Primal Kitchen Foods)
- ½ tsp chili powder
- ¼ tsp. sea salt
- Preheat oven to 375℉.
- Combine the flaxseed meal with water and set aside.
- In a skillet on medium heat. Begin to brown ground beef.
- Once beef is partially browned, add chopped carrots, onions, peppers and minced garlic.
- Cook on medium heat until carrots are soft, about 10 minutes. You may begin making the topping while the meat filling cooks.
- Once the carrots are soft, stir in tomato paste, flax gel, seasonings salt and pepper.
- For the topping: Steam or bake (at 375℉.) the sweet potatoes until fork tender. Then add all of the topping ingredients to a food processor (or blender) and process until smooth.
- Final step: transfer the meat filling to a casserole dish (9 x 9 inch dish will work) and top the meat filling with the Sweet Potato Mash.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and serve.
Give this Whole 30 Friendly recipe a try and let us know what you think! Also, would love to hear if you have completed a Whole 30?
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