Healthified Shepherd’s Pie

Well it’s not the prettiest thing ever but it was definitely tasty! This was my St. Patty’s day feast du jour. I love all the comforts of traditional Shepherd’s Pie but I don’t love all the carbs, fat and calories that come with it. So I decided to embark on another healthifying challenge. I found this recipe on All Recipes and I would give it a 9 out of 10. It needed just a hint of extra salt but other than that, this is definitely a dish I will be making again next year!


  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • ¼ cup egg whites
  • 1/3 cup light sour cream (or plain greek yogurt)
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey (or meat substitute if you’re a veggie)
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¾ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • ½ cup hot skim milk (or almond milk)
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • A few dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/3 cups herb-seasoned stuffing mix
  • 1 cup peas
  • ¾ cup corn
  • 1 ½ teaspoon dry thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a 2-quart, deep-dish casserole pan.

2. Place the sweet potato, russet potato, and carrot each in separate saucepans. Pour enough water into each saucepan to cover the vegetables. Place each saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Cook each until tender enough to pierce with a fork, 5 to 7 minutes; drain. Set the carrots aside.

3. Place the drained sweet potato and russet potato in a large mixing bowl; mash lightly. Add the egg substitute and sour cream. Blend the potato mixture with an electric hand mixer set to medium until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

4. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the turkey in the hot oil until browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the onion, celery, garlic, 1 teaspoon thyme, and poultry seasoning. Cook until the turkey is cooked through and no longer pink.

5. Increase the heat to medium-high. Pour the chicken stock into the turkey mixture. Whisk together the hot milk and flour until smooth. When the chicken stock begins to boil, add the flour mixture to the stock and stir until it thickens. Remove from heat and stir in Worcestershire sauce and browning sauce.

6. Pour the turkey mixture into the bottom of the prepared casserole dish.

7. Sprinkle the stuffing mix over the turkey mixture.

8. Arrange the carrots, peas, and corn atop the stuffing mix.

9. Season with thyme, salt and pepper. Spoon the potato mixture over the vegetables, spreading to cover all the way to the edges of the dish. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

10. Bake in preheated oven until top is slightly browned, about 35 minutes. Allow to rest 30 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information: Amount Per Serving Calories: 452 | Total Fat: 10.5g | Cholesterol: 64mg


What did you have for St. Patty’s day this year? Did you try any traditional recipes?

What favorite comfort food recipe would you love to healthify?


6 responses to “Healthified Shepherd’s Pie

  1. ahhh I make this too! soooo yummy right?! I have had mine sitting in my “to post” folder and i’m lazy — i’m glad you posted this! =) I love your addition of the corn and stuffing and the turkey prob makes it superrrr filling! ❤ yum!

  2. Oh yummy! It looks pretty darn pretty to me! 🙂

  3. I love new recipes thanks for posting this. I enjoy reading your blog very much. Stop by and check out our recipes sometime.

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  4. How yummy, I’ve never eaten a shepherd’s pie before 🙂

  5. That is beautiful! I love the sweet potatoes on top 🙂 I made something kind of like this around Thanksgiving last year. It was so good!

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