Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
Source: The Diabetes Cookbook. Recipe Credit: . Photo Credit: Photography by Eric Hinders; Food Styling by Caroline Tremmel; Art Direction & Styling by Haleigh Eason.

This 30-minute meal packs in lean protein from the turkey, lots of vegetables, and healthy carbs from the sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A and have a lower glycemic index compared to white potatoes. Add this dish to your Thanksgiving table to get your sweet potato fix without the mini marshmallows, or make it the next day with leftovers!

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  • Prep time
    30 min
  • Cook time
    20 min
  • Servings
    8 Servings
  • Serving size
    1 1/2 cups
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

8 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1 1/2 cups
  • Amount per serving Calories 240

  • Total Fat 8g
    • Saturated Fat 2g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 55mg
  • Sodium 250mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 23g
    • Dietary Fiber 4g
    • Total Sugars 8g
  • Protein 17g
  • Potassium 550mg
  • Phosphorus 210mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1 Nonstarchy vegetable, 2 Lean protein, 1 Fat



  • large sweet potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • small onion (diced)
  • garlic (minced)
    2 clove
  • lean ground turkey
    1 1/4 lbs
  • canned diced tomatoes
    1 (14.5-oz) can
  • frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, corn, peas, and green beans)
    1 (16-oz) bag
  • yellow mustard
    1 tbsp
  • Worcestershire sauce
    2 tbsp
  • black pepper
    1/4 tsp
  • corn starch
    2 tsp
  • cold water
    1 tbsp
  • margarine (trans-fat-free)
    2 tbsp


  1. Place sweet potatoes in steam basket in a medium pot with 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer. Cover and steam until tender, about 15 minutes.

  2. While potatoes are cooking, spray a large sauté pan with cooking spray. Add onions and sauté over medium-high heat for 3 minutes or until onions look clear. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Remove from pan and set aside.

  3. Add turkey and cook until brown, about 6-7 minutes. Add onions back to pan and stir to mix.

  4. Add diced tomatoes, mixed vegetables, yellow mustard, Worcestershire, and black pepper. Bring to a simmer.

  5. In a small bowl, mix together corn starch and water. Add to turkey mixture and stir. Let simmer for 5 more minutes.

  6. Meanwhile, drain the sweet potatoes. Place sweet potatoes in a medium bowl and mash with a potato masher. Add margarine and whisk until smooth.

  7. Preheat broiler. Pour cooked turkey mixture evenly into a medium-sized casserole dish or individual casserole dishes. Spread sweet potatoes evenly on top of turkey mixture.

  8. Broil for 5 minutes.

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