Nov 8, 2012

Sweet Potato Turkey Shepherds Pie



Ground turkey sautéed with mixed vegetables, sliced mushrooms and fresh herbs with a savory garlic sweet potato topping. Comfort food without the guilt!

This is a crazy month for the North East. First we got slammed with a hurricane, and yesterday a Nor'easter. This is what it looks like outside my door...





Thousands of people, including myself are still without power. Here on the south shore of Long Island, the fear the power company has is if they turn the power back on, it may start fires to the homes with severe water damage. There of talks of having to inspect every home before they turn the power back on... I'm afraid this means it could be a while before I get my power back.

I'm not complaining, I'm managing fine for now thanks to my generator to keep my house warm, but many neighbors aren't so lucky. Yesterday I visited an elderly woman who lives by herself, was cold, had no food and it just broke my heart knowing she is one of many. My girlfriend and I went grocery shopping for her and brought her some food and batteries and a warm hug, but she insisted on staying home despite the cold.

Talk about a month to give thanks, I just want to remind you all to count your blessings! Be thankful for the little things: heat, clean water, hot showers, electricity, and hot food on the table. The simple necessities we often take for granted.

This dish can be assembled ahead of time, then baked in the oven when you are ready to eat. It also freezes well and reheats great. I made them in individual oven safe dishes for perfect portion control, but you can also make this in one large pie dish.



Sweet Potato Turkey Shepherd's Pie
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 6 Size: 1 pie • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6
Calories: 250 • Fat: 6 g • Carb: 34 g • Fiber: 6 g • Protein: 16.5 g • Sugar: 3 g
Sodium: 304 mg  (without salt)


Ingredients:

For the potatoes:
  • 1-1/2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • 1/4 cup fat free chicken broth*
  • 2 tbsp reduced fat sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the filling:
  • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 parsnip, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, diced
  • 10 oz frozen mixed vegetables 
  • 2 tbsp flour (leave out to make gluten-free)
  • 1 cup fat-free low-sodium chicken broth*
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped rosemary
  • salt and pepper
  • paprika


Directions:


Boil sweet potatoes and garlic in a pot of salted water until cooked and soft. Drain and mash with chicken broth, sour cream, salt and pepper. 

Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a large saute pan brown turkey; season with salt and pepper. When cooked, set aside on a plate. Add olive oil to the pan, then add the onion and sauté one minute. Add the celery, parsnip, salt and pepper to taste; cook about 12 minutes, until celery is soft.

Add garlic and mushrooms; sauté another 3-4 minutes. Add flour, salt and pepper and mix well. Add frozen vegetables, chicken broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, cooked turkey, and mix well. Simmer on low about 5-10 minutes. 


In 6 oven safe individual dishes spread 1 cup of the meat mixture on the bottom of each dish. Top each with 1/2 cup mashed sweet potatoes. Use a fork to scrape the top of the potatoes to make ridges; sprinkle with paprika. Bake 20 minutes or until potatoes turn golden. Remove from oven and let it cool 10 minutes before serving.


*For Gluten-free diets, be sure you broth is labeled gluten free.

174 comments :

  1. This sounds so yummy. Since I usually just cook for myself, I love things that can be made in individual portions and frozen. Would you recommend putting them together and freezing before baking and then baking later or go ahead and bake them and then freeze for later?

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    1. Since everything is cooked, you can just bake it after.

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    2. My mom made these for me for quick meals at home as I'm also just cooking for myself. They freeze well and bake up very yummy. I did let it defrost first just to not have to run the hot oven for as long.

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  2. Oh MAN :( I thought you might have gotten your power back ((HUGS)) My kids school lost power yesterday & we also lost power but Thank goodness it came back and now with this snow it's like it's never ending. At least I heard we are suppose to have a high of 60 degrees this weekend which hopefully will help in the effort of getting things done. Sending you BIG Hugs darling. I'm about to send this list to my hubs so I can make it tomorrow night :)

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    1. Thanks Ellie!

      Our schools are still not opened until next Tuesday they are saying, but Pre-K will not be open which means my daughter will be home with me.

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    2. Stay warm Gina! Hope things get better on the East Coast soon. =)

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  3. I love how you made individual Shepards Pies - so cute! I've had a similar dish on my "to make" list for a while now from a recipe that I found in Clean Eating magazine but yours looks great too and just 6pts+! Yum

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  4. This looks delicious, especially for a cold snowy day like today (I also live on Long Island, but on the north shore)! I have all the ingredients except for the worcestershire, do you think I can replace it with low sodium soy sauce?

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  5. What is the cooking time if you make this in one large glass pyrex? Thanks! This looks really yummy!

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  6. This looks delicious! I absolutely LOVE your website ...I use your recipes all the time! Sending prayers to you and your neighbors.

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  7. Wondering the same thing as above... how long for large glass pyrex?

    Also, I was just wondering what to do with my sweet potatoes and ground turkey. THANK YOU!

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    1. Same amount of time, keep an eye on it though to be sure.

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  8. This looks like a good recipe for Thanksgiving without the guilt! hope you get power back and a break from bad weather very soon.

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  9. YUM! I have to try this. Praying for you and all those affected by this horrible weather! Hope y'all get some power soon!!

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  10. Обичам турската кухня,........все пак сме комшии:))Прекрасна рецепта!

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  11. I will be trying this!! My husband traveled from Southern Indiana to work on your power lines, I have not seen him since the Saturday before the storm, I am sure glad he is there to help. I hope they get you back online very soon.

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    1. Aww, I am so grateful for all the people who traveled here from out of state and are away from their family to help us.

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    2. Gina- we went 9 long cold days here in nj without power. . I was unable to cook after the first day due to having a well, so no water either. The clean-up was too much, and I had to ration the water so we could keep filling the tanks to flush the toilets. I am so impressed with your perseverance . Kristi- thanks to people like your husband our power has been restored!(actually our guys were from Georgia, but same idea) thank you so much to the workers who traveled to help, and the families that support them. We are so grateful.

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  12. This looks absolutely wonderful and I bought too many sweet potatoes for a recipe so this looks like a good way to use them!

    So sorry to hear you're still without power and bless you for taking care of your neighbor like that.

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  13. I hope they get all the power issued resolved. It sounds horrible.

    I am glad to be a supporter of www.operationbbqrelief.org (OBR)

    This is a group of mainly competition BBQ teams like myself that go into areas of great tragedy to feed a hot meal to those in need of something other than a Pb&J. So far they have feed 40,000+ meals to Sandy victims. They are averaging about 10,000 meals a day and that number is increasing each time they get a donation.

    I wish you all the best, and I hope Sandy stays in the media spotlight and the donation keep rolling in as long as needed.

    Cheers,
    Nate

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    1. Nate, that is a wonderful selfless organization, thanks for being a part of the Sandy relief.

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  14. I have to admit that this recipe isn't one that would automatically make me go "Ooooooohhh", but after reading through it, we just might have to try it!

    Thanks for something new and different, Gina!

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    1. Different strokes for different folks ;)

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  15. I'm so sorry to hear about all the hardship people are facing there on the East Coast. My thoughts are with you all. That is such a heart-breaking story. :( It's so wonderful & inspiring that people like you are lending a helping hand and a warm hug to those in need. Thanks for the reminder to give thanks - even for all the little things we so often take for granted.

    The recipe looks fab!! A must try for this fall/winter. I'm pinning it now :D.

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  16. Just a random piece of advice. Make sure all electricity powered items are off until the power comes back on. So flip off the lights, unplug the computers, etc. If every light in house turns on at once, you can cause the transformer to blow, which can take extra weeks to fix (the power company will just put you on the back on list again).

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    1. Thanks, I feel like we are on the back of the list! We have a generator, so we are keeping everything off not to waste gas.

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  17. I have lots of family still without power, and actually have a trip planned back east to visit starting this weekend. Hoping things start improving for everyone!

    Sometimes ground turkey can be bland, but I love the addition of rosemary! And sweet potatoes instead of regular ones...genius!

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    1. Yeah, lots of flavor here! Hope u have power before your trip.

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  18. I love your recipies! My kids devour many of the main dishes and deserts which makes me very happy because they are very picky eaters.

    I feel so helpless for all that have been so affected by these storms. I just want to go there and help in person. It's so frustrating to watch the news reports, especially the reports from Staten Island. Stay safe.

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    1. I feel the same exact way. Maybe there's an adopt a family where you can help one family? I'll look into it.

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    2. I totally agree! I've donated to The Red Cross, but want to personally do more. Gina, please let us know if you find anything.

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  19. What a perfect winter meal :)

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  20. This recipe looks great, but we don't eat mushrooms. What would be a good substitute?

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    1. You can leave them out, and just make 5 servings.

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  21. Gina - This is my favorite post ever. You spoke from the heart when you talked about the little things we take for granted. God bless and thank you for helping those in need.

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  22. This looks so yummy for a cold day! I've made several of your recipes and have yet to be disappointed. Just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you guys here in Ohio :) Glad you at least have a generator, but I just can't imagine having to deal with another storm and then SNOW on top of it. Even growing up in Erie, PA where we always got everything from the Lake Effect we certainly never had to deal with anything like this. Prayers for everyone who is without.

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    1. Thanks Ann, this is new for all of us.

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  23. Hi Gina,

    I, too, am a south shore Long Islander and couldn't believe the amount of snow I saw as I walked outside my door this morning.

    Thank you for reinventing an old favorite even while battling the elements.

    Stay warm!

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  24. Questa ricetta mi piacetantissimo, sembra davvero gustosa!!!!

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  25. I'm making it this week! Can't wait. Prayer for you and your neighbors.

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  26. it's spelled: SHEPHERD
    (get it? like someone who HERDs SHEEP)

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    1. Uh oh, got an anonymous grammar police on our hands! lol

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    2. My bad! LOL I have a lot going on this week!

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  27. Where oh where did you find those great oven safe dishes?

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    1. I found them at Home Goods!

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    2. I was SO glad that somebody asked you where you got those dishes from, they are GORGEOUS! So I dragged my husband to Home Goods today not really expecting anything and I found 2! Not in the pretty blue like yours, but a reddy/orange one and a dark blue/purple one... and only 4 bucks each!! I've never been so happy to find a dish lol My husband has made fun of me all day ;)

      Sarah

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  28. Hi Gina - keep safe & warm

    Can you tell me if you list ounces in weight or volume when listing cheese?
    Example: 6oz mozzarella in Chicken Rollatini with Spinach alla Parmigiana

    Thanks

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  29. I have to commend you for staying here and giving us recipes when you and your family are going through that crisis! My thoughts are with you and the others still suffering from Sandy! Hope everything gets up and running soon! Oh and this looks absolutely delicious Gina!

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  30. THIS LOOKS AMAZING! It is definitely getting added t o next weeks meal plan! I'm super excited to try this recipe!

    www.theflammilykitchen.blogspot.com

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  31. Oh gosh, that is heartbreaking...it's a good thing there are people out there like you who are willing to help others.

    This pie looks amazing. I wonder how it would taste with a few cranberries thrown in...? You know, to complete the Thanksgiving meal! :-)

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    1. I bet this could be altered to make it taste more like Thanksgiving. I would use sage instead of rosemary and probably alter a few things but sounds like a great idea!

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  32. Prayers for you and the rest of those still suffering from Sandy! Thank you for continually updating despite your lack of power - it's always a bright spot in my day to see what awesome creation you posted.

    Take care - and do you have recommendations on the best way to donate?

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  33. So sorry to hear of the hardships that you and those around you have been dealing with. Our prayers are with you. Bless you for being such a wonderful neighbor.

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  34. I'm sorry you and your neighbors are without power! I'm praying for y'all daily! xo

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  35. Our prayers and thoughts are with everyone in the destructive path of Sandy. Thanks for still sharing your great recipes (despite your hardship) I enjoy them so much! H

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  36. Hi, Gina! How long would I bake this in one dish as opposed to 6 individual dishes? I just don't want to have to go out and buy some, ya know what I mean? Could I just bake it in a 9 x 13 pan or something?

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  37. i'm so sorry to hear you are still without power. :-/ I hope you are keeping in good spirits. This shepards pie looks so yummy!

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  38. Now, why didn't I think of this! The one reason I never liked Shepard's Pie is because I don't like white potatoes. It never occurred to me to use sweet potatoes instead, which I love! Thanks for the recipe!

    As for your power, hang in there. I lost power last week Monday, and we just got power back yesterday, over a week and a half later. I will keep you and yours in my prayers!

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  39. I'm glad you & your family are able to stay warm! We'll be praying for y'all.

    I just discovered your website and have already tried 2 of the recipes. They were wonderful! I even used a new ingredient for me - spaghetti squash. Thank you for all you do!

    I'm excited to try this recipe. I do have an 'inexperienced cook' question. When I boil the potatoes with the garlic, do I mince the garlic or just throw the cloves in whole? thanks! -kc

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  40. You're amazing, Gina! Thank you for sharing what is going on around you AND still continuing to provide us with the yummiest, healthy recipes. All I have to say to my husband is, "It's Gina's recipe" and there are no questions. So thankful for you! ~Kristen

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  41. I can't wait to make this this weekend! I've never had shepherd's pie before, but I figure I like all the things in it, so it has to be good!

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  42. Ugh, I'm so sorry to hear that you're still without power and that you may be doing without for awhile longer. This shepard's pie is beautiful...what a great way to use sweet potatoes.

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  43. It sounds so delicious. It is a wholesome meal which contain much nutrition.

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  44. Delicious! I love making hearty things in the fall. I just made this fabulous rich soup again this year http://bohochiccafe.blogspot.com/2012/11/healthy-edition-north-woods-bean-soup.html

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  45. So sorry that you still are without power Gina! My sister in law still doesn't have it either, so many people don't. It's just a nightmare what happened. We were so lucky thank God and I am truly grateful. Hope your power comes back real soon!! I will keep my fingers crossed.

    This Shepards Pie looks great!

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  46. This looks delicious! Thank goodness for warmer temps forecasted for this weekend! I hope you get power back soon.

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  47. Gina, this looks yummy and so cozy for the cold weather! I made your chicken and cavatelli soup last night and it was a big hit. Can't wait to try this.

    Every time I come here to look for a recipe, I'm amazed that you are still finding time to create and post new dishes, despite the horrible situation you are in. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and everyone impacted by the hurricane and snowstorm. Hang in there....

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    1. I love that soup, talk about comfort!! Thank you, it keeps me sane :)

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  48. So nice of you and your friend to take care of that woman...I'm sure she appreciated the food but also the company!

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  49. Looks so good, yummy!! :)

    http://marsqn.blogspot.com

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  50. I haven't been to your blog in a while Gina, but I totally forgot you live in the area hit hard by the storms. I hope that things improve for you and your family soon! If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.

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  51. Thanks for the recipe! I am a WW leader and love sharing your recipes! I can't believe you are still able to do all of this with everything going on! At least it takes your mind off what's going on. The devastation is just horrible. My brother lives (lived) in Long Beach and will have to relocate for a few months, though their damage wasn't as bad as others. Can't imagine what some people are going through. Will keep you in our thoughts!

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  52. Could it be made with canned sweet potatoes? If so, how many cans (size?)

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  53. Gina, Our prayers go out to all in the Northeast! I am worried about the elderly lady you spoke about.
    What is she using as a heat source / how is she staying warm?
    Does she have family that is taking care of her often?
    Normally, I would immediately give to the American Red Cross, however I read Forbes Charity Navigator & learned that the CEO's annual salary is a little over $1M! I believe that people whom are in the charity profession should choose to give more of themselves & be rewarded by the higher power vs. taking the funds from the people whom need it most. If you agree with me, write to ABC News on their website to investigate charities salaries. Until this changes, I will give directly to those who need it. That said, please let me know what / how we can help the elderly lady. If we send money to you, can you purchase a generator for her or buy more food? God bless you!

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    1. @Gina, Smart thinking - My hubby, the Firefighter, absolutely HATES the Red Cross! Whenever they come to any disaster few ppl know that once the disaster is over they actually come back looking for money to offset what they offered during the emergency. When he was in the service & his father died they paid for his flight home, then took it out of his next paycheck; not caring that there was nothing left for him to live on for the rest of the mo. However, on a happier note, the Firefighters love the Salvation Army!

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    2. Good to know. I love how many people are helping out and driving from other states to help. Things are better for many of us, but their are still a lot of people who don't have power yet. Hoping they get it back soon.

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  54. Great recipe!!! and so sorry for your lack of electricity, but is so good to find someone positive like you, that looks at the bright side of this. I hope everything turns better soon!!!

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  55. Hi Gina,
    So sorry to hear about your situation. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I always love your recipes! I am going to make this tonight, but I want to make it now and then reheat it later on. Should I follow directions as you suggest and then take it out and refrigerate it until I serve dinner tonight? Just reheat in the oven? Thanks!

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  56. Hi Gina, I love your blog and I really hope your power comes back on soon! stay warm, I was curious if I were to use ground turkey breast (no percentage of lean or fat) if that would change the nutritional info? thanks, make lots of your yummy warm dishes to keep warm!!
    best wishes from Canada,
    Kat

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  57. Keeping you and everyone affected by Sandy in our thoughts and prayers! Wish there was more we could do than just make donations! You are so sweet to help others! Stay safe!

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  58. I echo everybody that's posted above regarding all of the people that have been affected by the weather on the East Coast. I live in Brooklyn and I'm thankful that we were spared for the most part. I love your blog and I have tried many recipes, which have all turned out great.

    I do have one question for you though, have you ever bought spring greens (from the cabbage family) and if so, could you let me know where you got them??

    I have looked nearly everywhere and can't seem to find any! :/

    Sarah

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  59. I made this tonight for dinner - one correction needed you don't indicate where to add the milk with the sweet potatoes. Assuming it is when they are mashed. I made this in one casserole dish. This was very good and would definitely make again.

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  60. I hope you and your family are doing alright.
    I'm trying to figure out how I could remove the dairy from this recipe without using soy sour cream. I can't stand that stuff. Is the sour cream needed as a thickening agent or just for flavor?

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  61. This is definitely happening in my kitchen soon.

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  62. So sorry to hear you are still without power. We just got ours back this past week so I can only imagine how it must be going so long without heat and hot water. Thankfully you have a generator to get you through. Funny, we just made Shepherds Pie the other night - such comfort food in these crazy times. I love your version using sweet potatoes on top.

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  63. I wonder if anyone else is having a problem printing. It suddenly is all coming out super huge regardless of choosing the smallest print? I love your recipes, and cant wait to try this!

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  64. My friend makes something very similar, but using ground beef and a bit of southwest salf-free chili powder combo with diced ripe and green bell peppers. Anoher option to consider...with turkey or beef.

    I'm planning to use cubed left over turducken and home grown sweet taters!

    Thanks for the great recipe!

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  65. I made this tonight for supper and it was absolutely DECLICIOUS! My fiance loved it. Thanks for another great recipe!

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  66. Looks AMAZING, Gina!
    xoxo
    Love you and hope you have power back from the storm! xoxo Love you.

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  67. Gina- I just wanted to say thank you for all your wonderful posts even while you all are battling this crazy weather. I consistently make your recipes and they are always approachable and delicious! We are thinking about you and sending prayers and love from Texas!!

    Cyd

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  68. I live on the south shore of Long Island also we were lucky enough to be spared any real damage. Unfortunately some of our friends and neighbors weren't. I hop you get your power back on soon. Stay warm.

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  69. Gina, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I love your attitude!!! Thank you for all you do for us!!! God Bless!

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  70. Angie unduplicated11/10/12, 11:11 AM

    I'm trying to cut carbs to absolute minimum. Can this be made with winter squash instead of sweet taters?

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  71. I followed this recipe, but made substitutions for almost all the veggies based on what I had. Turnips, daikon radish, carrots, cauliflower, and scallions thanks to my CSA share and a frozen box of peas and pearl onions. Came out delicious! Loved to make use of my individual casserole dishes.

    Wishing you and your family have power and life back to normal soon :) It's been a nightmare-ish few weeks.

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  72. Gina! This recipe looks amazing as always; we almost exclusively use your website. We're on the west coast, and we appreciate that you are still posting during this time (even though it would be totally understandable if you didn't!). Your recipes make our kitchen a better place. Hope you and your family stay safe and sound. -Hilary and Preet

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  73. Just made this withOUT the turkey meat. It came out pretty great..... Next time I might add a bit more of the tomato paste........

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  74. Oh my goodness... I just made this for the boyfriend and I and it was simply amazing! He said it is one of his all-time favorite dishes I have ever made. The parsnip and mushrooms are key flavors in the dish. Definitely a keeper! Thanks so much for sharing. I consistently make your recipes and you never fail to deliver!

    I left out the garlic, onions and Worcestershire sauce because I have a very sensitive stomach to these ingredients as well as the sour cream (lactose-intolerant) and flour. It still came out beautifully!

    Also, I don't have individual oven safe dishes so I used a 9x13 dish instead and baked it for the same amount of time. Perfecto!

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  75. Gina, this is absolutely delicious! We loved it! You are so good at developing flavors in your dishes. I am sorry for all you are going through. We will be praying for you all back east.

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  76. I made this last night....fantastic!

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  77. Cooking and blogging aren't easy in the best of times. You're truly heroic to cook and blog during a power outage. I tried this recipe tonight--it was delicious!

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  78. For the sweet potato mash, the ingredients call for 1/4 cup chicken broth and 1/2 cup of milk, but in the directions it says to just add the chicken broth. I added both, and it was way too liquidy, so I had to drain some of the liquid. Was I just supposed to add the chicken broth?

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    1. I used both the broth and milk as called for and mine turned out perfect. I wonder if maybe you didn't use enough sweet potatoes? (I used 5 large ones)

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  79. This is going to dear camp with the husband this week.

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  80. I made this tonight. The only change I made was to throw in a bit more tomato paste and broth (I like it more saucy). This was really good. I especially liked the idea of putting the cloves of garlic in with the sweet potatoes while they boiled.
    We really enjoyed it. Can't wait to have the left overs tomorrow!

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  81. You read my mind I have been looking for a good shepherd's pie recipe! Can't wait to make this tonight!

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  82. For those of you who don't eat a lot of starch, I made mine with mashed butternut squash instead of sweet potatoes and it was delicious! I followed the recipe directions almost exactly, so you can boil the peeled, cubed squash the same way you would the potatoes. I also made mine in a large casserole dish and it cooked perfectly in 20 minutes, but it was pretty full.

    Thanks for the recipe and all the best to you and the East Coasters, Gina!

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  83. For us on the west coast, it seems the devastation and continuing challenges from Sandy are no longer talked about or covered in the media. Thank you for sharing your personal experience reminding us that the east coast is still dealing with this difficult situation. I hope you continue to stay positive and know that we are all praying and thinking of you and the many other people affected.
    GREAT recipe too, by the way :)

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  84. This was delicious - no surprise, as are all of Gina's recipes. I used lean ground beef because it looked better at my grocery store. Otherwise followed the recipe exactly. I made it earlier in the day and refrigerated unbaked, then baked it in time for dinner. I sprinkled a little sharp cheddar on top to serve. Yummo, looking forward to leftovers.

    Take care, East Coasters.

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  85. I made this tonight and it was wonderful! My husband said it was a keeper. Love all of your recipes :) Thanks for all of your time and effort to help us all to eat healthier !

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  86. Hi Gina! I'm making this dish as I type this. My kitchen smells sooo good! I do have a question for you, in your ingredients under "the potatoes" you have 1/2 cup 1% milk and1/4 cup fat free chicken broth listed. However you don't say to add the milk in your directions, I'm assuming it's just a typo? Thanks!

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  87. My husband came back for more and more! I made extra and put it in a 9X13 and it was delish!! I love the sweet potatoes with the meat, it was a great combination. Makes me happy to serve a healthy dinner that tasted great. Substituted greek yogurt for sour cream too!

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  88. I hope you're doing okay dealing with the after effects of Sandy! My whole family is on Long Island too, so I know how rough it's been there.

    I made this for dinner tonight! It was really delicious. And my husband loved it too!

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  89. I made this yesterday and it was fantastic! My husband saw me chopping all the veggies and asked "is this another of those Skinny recipes?"
    We have been enjoying recipes from your site for a few months and I love knowing I'm giving my family delicious, healthy food.
    Thanks and keep them coming!!
    Victoria

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  90. Can't wait to try this! I love sweet potatoes - probably more than regular... I will omit the mushrooms though but it sounds delish... also love your message in the beginning of the post about being thankful for the necessities that we take for granted (water, electricity, heat etc.)... Hope things are getting better for you guys back east!

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  91. Hi,

    I'm making this for dinner tonight. I noticed in your ingredients for the mashed sweet potatoes, it includes 1% milk, but it doesn't say to add it in the directions?

    Thanks for all your great recipes!

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  92. Looks very nice. However I would say this about the name of the recipe. Shepherds look after sheep not turkeys, and shepherd's pie is always made with LAMB/MUTTON mince in the UK, so I would describe this as a COTTAGE pie which can be made with any other meat or meat substitute.

    Great website, I've found some super recipes here. This one will be Pinned, along with Chicken Pot Pie soup.

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  93. Wonderful Recipe. The whole family loved it.

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  94. Delicious recipe! Another winner! Thank you Gina.

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  95. I made this the other night and it was a hit!!! I truly love your site and cook from it at least twice a week. I really appreciate that although you are health conscious yoru food does not lose the flavor. I hope you have a warm and happy holiday. Thanks again for the inspiration.

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  96. This is super yummy. I am doing this fitness challenge and this recipe is full of foods I can actually eat! Thank you soo much!

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  97. Made this and it was delicious! Very flavorful and filling for something so light and veggie-full. I made a couple adjustments (used one big glass baking dish, no parsnip, used dry rosemary, deglazed the browning turkey w/ some wine) and it was so delicious! I also only had fat free sour cream and skim milk, so I used a little less milk and added a tbsp of butter--yummy. Thank you for another delicious recipe, Gina!

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  98. Why the sour cream? What does it add to the potatoes? Necessary? So many questions!

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  99. how many cups is one serving? because i am going to do it in a big dish..

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  100. I just want to let you know that my 14-month-old daughter LOVES this! I'm making some for her right now. I seriously think it might be her favorite meal.

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  101. Can I make this Shepherd's Pie with turkey cooked and not ground turkey?

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  102. I just made this tonight with butternut squash instead of sweet potato and it was delicious. I messed up my first batch of squash because it didn't need all the milk and sour cream, but that was a minor hiccup and the dish came out great.

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  103. I made this dish this evening and it turned out great. It was a bit time consuming to do all the prep, so it is definitely something I would have to make on the weekend.

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  104. mine's in the oven right now! smells good and i can't wait to dig in! :)

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  105. Gina,
    I am on a gluten free diet and substitute potato flour for regular flour, and you definitely cannot tell!

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  106. I made a few changes to this--some out of necessity and some out of personal taste--but pretty much stuck to the original recipe and let me tell you, it's the BOMB! Few will be able to tell this is a lightened up dish. It's that good!

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  107. Gina and others, this Shepard's Pie is awesome. My husband is not terribly fond of onions or mushrooms but he LOVED this pie. The only problem is sticking to a 1 cup serving! I added cinnamon to the sweet potato mash for additional flavor. Love all your recipes. Thank YOU.

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  108. Hi Gina, I love your ideas!! I just found this website last week and I've already made 2 recipes and they were both GREAT!!! I am not a sweet potato fan, can I substitue with just regular potatoes instead?

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  109. Just finished eating this and very satisfied and happy with how it turned out! Thank you!

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  111. Love your site & can't wait to try this and the santa fe turkey peppers!

    For those asking about ovenproof serving dishes, I just got 4 with lids on amazon, colbolt blue - beautiful! About $35 w/ shipping. micro/oven/dishwasher safe. love them so much I might get four more!

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  112. I made this recipe this week, and it is absolutley DELICIOUS! I've made several of your recipes, and this one ranks up there among my favorite choices. I had never used parsnips before, so I'm also enjoying adding a new vegetable to my cooking experiences!

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  113. Made this last night, so great and low calories!

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  114. I made this last night and honestly no one liked it....including myself. We were pretty disappointed because I have made SEVERAL of Gina's recipes and they have been a big hit. I'm pretty good in the kitchen so I don't think it was anything I did... just one of those things I guess. I've never used parsnips before...so maybe that was it...or we could just be getting tired of turkey??? lol We did enjoy the mashed sweet potatoes on top though!

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  115. I loved this! I made it in one big dish so scooping out servings kind of destroyed the presentation. But despite comments that it looked like... a certain unfortunate bodily function - it was a big hit! Tons of flavor, really comforting and satisfying, and I love how healthy it is!

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  116. Does the milk get mixed into the potatoes with the sour cream and broth? I see it in the ingredients but not the instructions.

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  117. Did I miss something? The ingredients list for the potatoes says 1% milk, but the directions never tell you when to add it in. Are you suppose to add it when you mash with the broth and sour cream?

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  118. Such a great idea to make them in individual dishes. My bf won't eat mushrooms or sweet potatos but I looove them. A little extra work but no biggy. Anything to get him to eat healthier. :-) also, I left out the parsnips because I think they're gross. Thanks for another great recipe!

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  119. Sooooooo delicious! Thanks Gina!

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  120. BEST EVER!!! Everyone i know always asks me to make it!

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  121. I'm planning on making this tonight, but had a question before I did so. My husband and I both love the flavor of beef, although if we're substituting turkey for a healthier alternative, do you think using beef broth instead of chicken would taste good to give us that beefy flavor?

    I'm not entirely what the rule is when it comes to mixing different meats and broths...

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  122. And one more thing - if I prefer throwing it all together in a casserole dish, what size would you think I'd need?

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  123. Oh man, I just made this for my lunches this week...and it's SO GOOD. Thank you. :)

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  124. Hey there! This looks amazing and is on our menu for the week. My issue is that I'm allergic to tomatoes, so can I just leave it out or is there something I could substitute it with?

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  125. Reaaaaally tasty!! Thank you :) I added 2 more tsp on Worcester sauce and used greek yoghurt instead of sour cream :)

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  126. Gina, you list a half cup of milk for mashed sweet potatoes, but it is not in the directions to add. Guessing it just goes in while mashing???

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  127. Actually, milk & garlic ingredients for mashed sweet potatoes are not listed to add in during directions.

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  128. I made this for dinner tonight and it was very good!! I didn't use individual pans, instead I used an 8x8" pan. It still came out great and I cooked for same amount of time. Definitely a keeper.

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  129. This was simply amazing. Loved all the veggies. I used ground bison that I found on sale and it was great. I split it up into two glass dishes and have one in the freezer for another day. I am thinking it will be eaten much sooner than I expected :)

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  130. You have milk listed in the ingredient list but not in the recipe. When I made it, I added it to the potatoes, but it seemed like too much.

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  131. Just made the recipe (minus the milk) and it's so Nummy! Thanks so much for this healthy alternative.

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  132. My husband is trying to eat better - lower fat, lower-carb, more veggies - so I made this for him tonight. He HATES sweet potatoes. He LOVED this. Because of his hatred of sweet potatoes, I didn't use quite as much for the topping, but next time I'll use the full 1 1/2 pounds. I also used sage instead of rosemary because I had an abundance of sage. I'm gluten free and a tablespoon of rice flour worked perfectly to help thicken things up.

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  133. Made this for dinner tonight. It was delicious. Another winner! :)

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  134. Would you freeze this prior to the first baking or bake then freeze?

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  135. This recipe is AMAZING! I made it for Christmas dinner this past year and it was a serious hit. I am a Registered Dietitian and I will definitely promote this recipe to my clients :)

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  136. Made this for dinner last night. I loved how the root vegetables added a subtle sweetness, and the addition of rosemary was lovely. Next time I don't think I'll bother with the tomato paste. It did turn out a little watery (and I did use flour). Overall a good recipe that I'd make again with some tweaking!

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  137. My family gave me permission to make this again. Can't wait to have the leftovers when my husband makes it home from the latest Atlanta Snowmageddon. Drivers stranded on the interstate for 18-20 hours and counting...

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  138. Made this for dinner the other night and we loved it! Thank you for another fantastic recipe!

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  139. I love The Cuisine Of Turkish And Peoples are Very Loving and This recipe Very Dainty Looking And very Delicious I cannot wait to mix this Recipe with my Own Hand..

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  140. I was just thinking the other day...how can I make a healthy, low cal pot pie? Thanks for answering my question with this delectable looking pot pie! Pinned!

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  141. Hi,

    I made this tonight and after I cooked it there was liquid on top and alot of liquid on bottom of pan. It was tasty, I added rosemary to the potatoes. How can i tweek to get less liquid.

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  142. We made this for dinner with a few modifications to the veggies and herbs, and it was fantastic!

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