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Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Topping

A hearty and satisfying meal for the entire family to enjoy. This dish freezes well, 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. Feel free to substitute regular potatoes for the sweet potatoes if you wish.

  • Author: The Real Food Dietitians
  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Main Entree - Paleo - Whole 30

Ingredients

Pie Filling:

  • 1 lb. grass-fed ground beef, lamb or bison
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 3 oz. tomato paste (about 6 Tbsp.) (such as Muir Glen)
  • 1/4 cup water

Sweet Potato Topping:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (~5 cups cubed)
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil or ghee
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375℉.
  2. In a skillet on medium heat add the ground beef, chopped carrots, onions, peppers, mushrooms and minced garlic.
  3. Cook on medium heat until carrots are soft, about 12-15 minutes. Begin making the topping while the meat filling cooks.
  4. Once the carrots are soft, stir in tomato paste, water, seasonings, salt and pepper.
  5. 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. NOTE: If using white potatoes, we recommend mashing them by hand rather than blending to prevent them from getting pasty.
  6. Final step: transfer the meat filling to a casserole dish (9 x 9 inch dish will work) or 10 inch cast iron skillet and top the meat filling with the sweet potato mash. Dash with sea salt and chili powder.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and serve.

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Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 394
  • Sugar: 17 g
  • Sodium: 350 mg
  • Fat: 16 g
  • Carbohydrates: 40 g
  • Fiber: 8 g
  • Protein: 26 g