Mom, what’s for dinner?  Honey, what’s for dinner?  Self, what ARE we going to have for dinner?!?!  Until I became and wife and a mother, I didn’t realize these questions could feel like a 50 lb bag of stress some days….  Since I’m now the busy mom, I decided to create a healthy, modern, this-is-2013 Shepard’s Pie casserole.

Sweet Potato Shepards Pie

Sweet Potato Shepards Pie


  • 4 large organic yams or sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey, browned
  • 1 Tbs minced garlic
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • 3 large organic carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup organic frozen baby peas
  • 1 cup organic frozen sweet corn
  • 1 can (15 oz) organic diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 Tbs dried parsley (divided)
  • 1 tsp salt (divided)
  • 1 tsp black pepper (divided)
  • 1/2 Tbs dried oregano
  • 1/2 Tbs dried basil
  • 2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese


Preheat oven to 400.

In a large pot, bring 8 cups of water to a boil. Add yams/sweet potato pieces. Boil for 15 to 20 minutes until soft. Drain well. Return to pot. Add 1 Tbs parsley, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper. Mash yams/sweet potatoes well while mixing in spices.

Meanwhile in a large frying pan over medium heat, brown ground beef/turkey with garlic and onion.

Once browned, add carrots to meat mixture. Continue cooking for 3 to 4 minutes until carrots are slightly tender.

Add peas, sweet corn, tomatoes, 1 Tbs parsley, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, oregano, and basil in the meat mixture and stir well. Cook for additional 2 to 3 minutes until heated through. Removed from heat.

In a 9x2x13 baking dish, pour and spread meat mixture evenly on the bottom. Spoon yam/sweet potatoes over meat mixture and smooth over top.

Bake at 400 for 10 minutes. Sprinkle cheese over the top and bake for additional 5 minutes.

Serve warm and enjoy!

I’m sharing my Shepard’s Pie recipe over at 4 Men 1 Lady today!   Here’s the LINK directly to the recipe.  Don’t forget to come back and share what you thought of the recipe!

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