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Healthy Sweet Potato Turkey Shepherd's Pie

Healthy Sweet Potato Turkey Shepherd's Pie

This healthy twist on classic shepherd's pie combines much-loved flavors to create the ultimate cozy dinner – Sweet Potato Turkey Shepherd's Pie will be your family's favorite this fall!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main
Servings 5 -6 servings


  • 3 large sweet potatoes about 2 lbs, peeled and cubed into 1 ½-in pieces
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4-5 sprigs fresh sage
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 zucchini diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tbsp flour*
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos**
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar**
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Pecan Topping

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar**
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Add cubed sweet potatoes to a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook 15-20 minutes, or until tender. Once cooked, drain water and whip with an electric mixer or mash until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil over medium in a heavy bottom saucepan. Add sage and cook 1 minutes until crisp. Remove and place on a paper towel lined plate. Set aside.
  • Add ground turkey to saucepan and cook 5 minutes. Add diced onion and cook until onion softens and the turkey is cooked through. Add minced garlic, zucchini, red pepper, and ground cloves. Cook about 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  • Sprinkle in flour and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Mix in tomato paste, coconut aminos, coconut sugar, stock, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes. The mixture should thicken slightly. Stir in thyme.
  • In a small bowl, combine pecans, coconut sugar, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Mix well to coat pecans.
  • Transfer turkey mixture to 9x15-inch casserole dish. Spread mashed sweet potatoes over meat. Sprinkle pecans in the center.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and top with fried sage. Serve immediately.


* To make gluten-free use gluten free flour blend or tapioca flour.
** You can substitute coconut aminos with soy sauce and coconut sugar with brown sugar.
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