sweet potato shepherd’s pie.

by Janetha on January 26, 2011

in meals,moves

hey guys! i hope you have all had a chance to enter my simply switches gift basket giveaway! if not, make sure you do ASAP.

you already saw my breakfast, i am about to give you the recipe for my lunch (i had leftovers) and my snack was the same as yesterday. i am making chicken piccata for dinner and ice cream for dessert. flavor yet to be determined. i did the 30 minute jackie warner circuit DVD for my moves today.  now you know.

the reason i am rattling everything off so quickly is because i have a LOT to do before my trip and really, unfortunately, not much time for blogging.

i leave you with the recipe for my latest and greatest creation.. oh my gosh, this was incredible! yes, i am tooting my own horn here. this one is a winner. don’t let the sub par photos fool you. it’s a new staple in the meals & moves household! side note: whoever entered the giveaway and signed the simply switches guest book as “julia” and said you were there from meals & miles.. my blog name is meals & moves :)

onto the shepherd’s pie!

this is BFL friendly and will make your husband happy. if you have one, that is.



  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • splash of milk
  • cooking spray or olive oil
  • 12 oz lean ground turkey or chicken
  • 2-3 celery stalks, diced
  • 2-3 carrots, peeled & diced or ~15 baby carrots, diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • several dashes of worcestershire sauce
  • 2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 1.5 cups steamed green beans
  • salt & pepper
  • asiago or parmesan cheese, for sprinkling


put potatoes in a large pot. cover with water and bring to a boil. boil until potatoes are fork-tender.


meanwhile, dice your celery, carrots & onion.


give your begging pup a carrot. it won’t hurt.



sauté celery, carrots & onion in a well oiled pan over medium-high heat.  add a few dashes of worcestershire sauce for good luck.


add your ground turkey and cook thoroughly.  don’t be afraid to use some salt and pepper, either. add more worcestershire sauce while you are at it.


add the tomato sauce and mix well to combine. make sure all your veggies are tender.. if they aren’t, keep cooking the mixture until they are.


mash your potatoes! add the splash of milk, salt and pepper so they taste perfect. the amount of the milk, salt and pepper is up to your taste buds.

have your favorite person (in my case, marshall) test out the ingredients to make sure they are all perfectly tasty.


time to assemble!

first, layer the meat mixture in an oven safe dish like so:


then, add your green beans:


next, add the mashed sweet potatoes:


finally, grate some cheese over the top:




cover it with foil and bake for about 30-40 minutes at 375 degrees.. or until the cheese is nice and bubbly and the pie is warmed throughout.




this recipe makes four very generous servings, here are the nutrition stats per serving:


well, i will be back tomorrow. i promise i am planning to tackle topic #4 of the 30 day question challenge! there’s just no tiiiime today!


1. what is the last recipe you made and loved so much? it can be yours, it can be someone else’s.. leave a recipe link if you have one! if it is that good, i want to make it!

2. how far in advance do you pack for a trip? i am sooo the night before packer..

xo. janetha g.

xo. janetha g.

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eliza January 27, 2011 at 10:32 am

Yum! I have been making a super quick healthy and easy coleslaw by combing chopped cabbage and chopped carrots together. Then I add a little bit of honey, hot sauce, and oil to that. It is delicious served with seafood!

Stacy January 27, 2011 at 11:15 am

I am going to add this as a recipe to try. I never would have though to use sweet potatoes in sub of mashed potatoes–duh! It’s a fantastic idea!!!

cbrady3 January 27, 2011 at 11:30 am

Last night I went to a Vegan cooking class and got to make a chocolate apple upside-down cake. It was AMAZING and by a woman named Molly Brady. My last name!:)

Kate January 27, 2011 at 11:52 am

That looks delicious! So delicious, that I’ll probably be making it for dinner tonight! 2 recipes (both from CookingLight.com):

Maple Grilled Salmon: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=10000001816349

Cocoa Fudge Cookies: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=10000000226790

Thanks for all your posts. For the record, I had a toasted WW English Muffin with Cream Cheese and Jam last night. You posts were taunting me, and I finally just did it. After finishing, I immediately died, and I’m pretty sure that place I went was Heaven. :)

janetha January 27, 2011 at 11:53 am

haha YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Katie January 27, 2011 at 11:56 am

I’ve made this exact recipe before…did I get it from your recipe pages?? I can’t remember, but I DO remember that it was delicious AND made the husband verrry happy. :-)

janetha January 27, 2011 at 11:58 am

haha no because i just made it up in my head the other night! i just went off things i knew were already in shepherd’s pie though, so it’s pretty basic. that is too funny. it is soo good.

melissadishes January 27, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Dan is a night before or day of packer.
I am usually packing no later than 3 days before.

Last recipe I tried that I really loved was the spaghetti squash stir fry from Oxygen that I made and reviewed at the beginning of this week

Holly January 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I have never made a Shepherds Pie but you make it look pretty easy!

I totally understand having 10000 things to do before a trip — I think it happens to all of us!

Dawn (HealthySDLiving) January 27, 2011 at 1:27 pm

This looks amazing! I made a cauliflower shepherd’s pie once – I’ll have to try this for sure!!

One Healthy Apple January 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm

This looks so great! I would love to make an all veggie version of this and think it would be great!

I pack the night before and sometimes the morning of. It’s the excuse I give myself that it helps me remember everything!

Salah January 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm

that shepherds pie looks amazing!!!

Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) January 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm

That looks amazing!! I can’t believe I never thought to use sweet potatoes in shepherds pie. :D

I am most definitely a “night before” packer. One time, I was even a “morning of” packer. That was definitely a little too insane. ;)

Errign January 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Um, drool over that recipe. On my to-make list!

I am definitely a night-before-packer – so much easier :)

Caree @ Fit-Mama January 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm

oohh I love shepherds pie!! and this looks awesome. I must try.

I am totally a last minute packer…sometimes even the morning of :/

K is for Karma January 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm

So….Confession…I didn’t have a sweet potato until this year.

No lie!

I’m officially obsessed, no worries :)

Your post made me decided to have one for dinner tonight — now it’s 4 PM and i’m already salivating over potential recipes….mmm!

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather January 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm

The last thing I made and loved was your taco soup in the crockpot. I actually had leftovers for lunch today. It never disappoints!

Your shepherds pie sounds so good! Give me sweet potatoes and I’m a happy girl.

lynn @ the actor's diet January 27, 2011 at 5:22 pm

i tried making sweet potato shepherd’s pie once, an epic fail. yours looks a lot better!

BroccoliHut January 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Genius! Yet another excuse for me to eat more sweet potato:)

Liz January 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Made this tonight, SO good! I’ve never had Shepard’s Pie before but I know this recipe will be made again and again! Started reading your blog about 2 weeks ago and have been loving it so far, keep up the good work!

Alison February 11, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Mango-licious Tilapia


My neighbor found this recipe when I was living in Salt Lake. She brought me a plate, with a side of orzo and I’ve been hooked ever since.

I used to follow the recipe and bake the fish, but now I marinade and seer in a pan so the fish isn’t so wet.

It’s lots of chopping, but so worth it!
I love your website!! Enjoy!!

Greavehal June 15, 2012 at 12:03 am


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