Shepherd’s Pie

Hey guys!  I am pretty stoked about the recipe today because it is another household favorite!  Growing up I was never terribly fond of shepherd’s pie… probably due to my aversion towards potatoes:-) Then about a year ago I decided that I like the concept of shepherds pie if I made a few alterations.  The major change being that this delicious dish is topped with yams.  Oh yams are so good!  Growing up, I also felt that shepherd’s pie consisted of green beans, meat then potatoes.  It was a little too lifeless for me, so I have thrown in a few more flavors.  You will like the outcome, I promise:-)

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The first step you will need to do is start baking your yams.  Once they are done and cooled off you can take off the skin (or leave it on if you don’t mind.  The skin has great nutrients!), mash and season the yams.  This recipe would not be the same without these yams!

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So instead of simply using one or two vegetables I like having several (who wouldn’t?).  I start with frozen corn and/or peas.  I have done either and recently started mixing the two together.  I think I like the mixture best.

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Then add your onion and garlic as well as a little salt and pepper.  Sauté until the onions are softening.  Now it is time to add in your meat.  I always prefer ground turkey, but whatever ground meat you chose would work as well.  Once the meat is cooked add in the tomatoes and the rest of your vegetables.  I used broccoli and zucchini this time.  In the past I have used carrots, mushrooms and bell peppers as well.  It really just depends what we have in the fridge!  From here season your meat and vegetable mixture to your liking.  I listed what seasonings I use below but I just add some and taste until I am satisfied:-)

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You are almost done!  Pour the meat and vegetable mixture into a 9×13 pan and then spread the yams over the top.  Now pop it into the oven for about 15-20 minutes at 350 F.  This might seem unnecessary since the ingredients are already cooked and warm, but it allows the flavors to meld.

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Shepherd’s Pie (serves 4-5)

4 yams

2 C frozen corn and/or peas

1 onion, diced

2 T garlic, minced

1 lb ground meat *

2 tomatoes, diced

1 medium zucchini, diced

1 medium head of broccoli, chopped into bite sized pieces

2 T lemon juice

Salt

Pepper

Onion salt

Garlic powder

Lemon pepper

  1. Heat oven to 350 F.  Sauté the frozen corn and/or peas for a minute and then add the onions and garlic and season with a little salt and pepper.  Sauté for several minutes until onions are soft.
  2. Add the ground meat and continue sautéing until the meat is cooked, then add the tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli and lemon juice.  Season to taste.
  3. Pour mixture into a 9X13 pan and spread mashed yams (seasoned) over the meat and vegetables mixture.  Place the pan into the oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes.
  4. Eat and enjoy!

* If you want a meatless option use 2 cans of beans.  I would use black or garbanzo, but whatever sounds best to you!

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Dig in!

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