I’ve partnered with Simply Potatoes to create this delicious and super easy sweet potato shepherds pie casserole recipe. I was compensated for creating the recipe and this post, but all thoughts and opinions on the product are my own.
Would someone mind telling me what happened to September? Not that it physically went anywhere, but what on earth happened to make it go by so quickly? I went shopping at the mall last week and just about hurled when I saw Christmas decorations being put on display at Target!
The only thing that’s made me happy about the holidays coming up so quickly is my love for what I call the “foods of Fall”. Sweet potatoes, apple pie, stuffing, roast turkey, and the rest of the carb-loaded goodness that’s associated with Thanksgiving dinner. Because I really didn’t want to wait 2 more months for turkey, I decided to create this easy sweet potato shepherds pie recipe. It’s got the Fall flavors I love, but it comes together in 30 minutes instead of the 3 hours that a full turkey and trimmings dinner takes.
It’s the perfect solution for a crazy busy life like mine. Can you relate to the busy schedule lifestyle?
If so, let this shepherds pie casserole come to your rescue!
By using the Simply Potatoes mashed sweet potatoes, I was able to cut 25 minutes off of the dinner prep because I didn’t have to boil the potatoes and mash them up.
Have you seen the Simply Potatoes products in the refrigerated section of the grocery store where you shop? The variety and quality of them is pretty slamfantastic if you ask me. Because they have varieties like shredded hash browns, mashed potatoes, and diced potatoes, it takes all of the prep work and mess out of the picture. I think they’d be great for making quick meals in the middle of the week, using them in easy slow cooker recipe ideas, and even just as a simple side dish on their own.
I love brinner (breakfast for dinner), don’t you? I bet they’d be perfect for making my Potato Pancakes recipe!
When I was creating this shepherds pie recipe, I knew that I’d have to keep things scaled down because of the lack of space in my refrigerator. I had loads of fresh, organic veggies to use up, so I added a bunch of them to the shepherds pie. Tri-colored carrots, celery, mushrooms, onion, and even some frozen peas went into the mix.
If you’re not into all of those veggies, this recipe can easily be adapted to using whatever you have on hand and/or whatever your family likes to eat. Picky kids won’t eat the peas? No worries, just leave them out! But make sure to pat yourself on the back for getting them to eat those mashed sweet potatoes on the top of the pie, because that’s a veggie that’s loaded with nutrition! Here are some sweet facts on sweet potatoes!
FOOD FACTS – Sweet Potatoes
- High in vitamins B6, C, and D. Vitamin D is the one that we get from adequate sunlight, so if you’re feeling the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder this winter, eat some sweet potatoes and watch your mood rise! They’re also loaded with iron and they’re a good source of magnesium.
- One cup of sweet potatoes has just 96 calories, and can be walked off in just 15 minutes (and a medium walk pace).
- Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet-tasting but their natural sugars are slowly released into the bloodstream, helping to ensure a balanced and regular source of energy, without the blood sugar spikes linked to fatigue and weight gain.
If you love being one of those parents that sneaks veggies into dinner, this easy sweet potato shepherds pie is the one to do it with. Cover up the ground turkey, gravy, and veggies with a layer of delicious mashed sweet potatoes and watch your kids ask for second helpings. A dreamy little dinner, low in cost to make and super convenient. What’s not to love about it?
Want more recipes to make with sweet potatoes? Be sure to check out my potatoes and rice Pinterest board!
Southern Sweet Potato Casserole (with marshmallows!) is one of my favorites!
Easy Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie Casserole
Ground turkey and fresh vegetables, cooked until tender and topped with rich, creamy mashed sweet potatoes. This is a taste of Thanksgiving that can be enjoyed any time of the year!
- 1 teaspoon oil (I used grape seed oil)
- 1 pound lean (97% or better) ground turkey
- 1 medium white onion, diced
- 2 ribs celery, diced
- 2 medium carrots or parsnips, diced
- 4 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 8 ounces (1 liquid cup) chicken stock
- 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (more, if desired)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper (more, if desired)
- 2 cups prepared mashed sweet potatoes (1 pound package Simply Potatoes mashed sweet potatoes)
- finely chopped flat leaf parsley, for garnish
- Lightly grease a 2-quart casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Place oil into a large, heavy bottomed pot, over medium high heat. Add ground turkey and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Add all vegetables and cook over medium heat for 7-8 minutes, or until turkey has browned and vegetables are tender.
- Sprinkle flour over the turkey/vegetable mixture and stir to combine. Allow to cook for 1 minute, then slowly whisk in the chicken stock. Add all seasonings and bring mixture to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes, then transfer mixture into prepared casserole dish.
- Use a spatula or back of a spoon to spread sweet potatoes evenly over the turkey/vegetable mixture. Use the tines of a fork to create decorative ridges in the potatoes, if desired.
- Bake at 400 F. for 20 minutes, or until potatoes are warmed through and lightly browned.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle top with chopped parsley, if desired.
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 31kcal Calories from fat 9|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 1g||2%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g||80g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g||80g|