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Shepherd’s Pie

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This  might be one of the ugliest meals I have ever made, there was no “good” picture to be taken, but it sure is delicious!  Even my picky husband who enjoys very simple foods thought it was amazing and asked me to add it to the weekly meal rotation 🙂  Win!  So I hope this not so amazing picture I took doesn’t deter you from trying this amazing dinner.

My mom used to make a more traditional, butter filled version of this Shepherd’s Pie when I was a kid.  I remember coming in from playing outside in the cold Wisconsin weather and warming up with a big plate of it.  I think because of that, Shepherd’s Pie has always been a comfort food for me; like Chicken Pot Pie, eating it just makes me feel better.

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My little guy loves to cook with me!  You’ll notice in other pictures how much mess he makes on my stove.

There are several perks of this Shepherd’s Pie.  #1 Even after feeding my family and my dad who stopped by, I still had 2 very large “man-sized” portions left over, so this is a great prep meal.  #2  This is a complete meal- carbs, protein and fats are all there, plus it is full of nutrients from all the vegetables.  #3 When I make meals that are all in one, the kids mash it together and are less likely to push things that they don’t like aside, as they would with a regular dinner.  They wouldn’t eat something like kale otherwise.  #4 Because this meal is all natural, it’s totally guilt free!

I used beef in this Shepherd’s Pie, but it also tastes amazing with ground Turkey which would also bring the fat content down a bit.

 

Ingredients

3 large Sweet Potatoes

2/3 c. Beef Broth

 

2 lb. 93/7 Ground Beef or Turkey

1 small Onion, diced

1 c. Carrots, chopped

2 c. Peas

2 c. Kale, chopped

2 c. Zucchini, chopped (1 lg. or 2 sm.)

1 c. Beef Broth

1 can Petite Diced Tomatoes, drained

1 tsp. Basil

1 Tbsp. Minced Garlic

1 tsp. Italian Seasoning

1 tsp. Salt

1 Tbsp. Tapioca Starch

 

Directions

1.  Peel and cube Sweet Potatoes.  Put them in a large saucepan and fill with an inch of water.  Cover and steam over medium heat until they can easily mash with a fork.  Drain excess water out when finished, add Beef Stock and mash.

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2.  While Sweet Potatoes are being steamed put Beef in a large fry pan and start to brown.

3.  As beef is cooking, add veggies in as you chop them and stir well.  Then add seasonings, beef broth and diced tomatoes.  Keep stirring until meat is thoroughly cooked.

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4.  Carefully place beef mixture in the bottom of a 9″x 13″ dish.  Cover with mashed sweet potatoes and cover with foil.

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5.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

6.  Let cool and enjoy!

What is your favorite comfort food?  I enjoy turning old school favorites into a healthier dish and am always looking for new ideas 🙂

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