Shepherd's Pie is one of those recipes you can't mess up, making it very dependable and one that I hope you'll come back to again and again for years to come. My recipe will warm you from the inside out, nourish your soul and keep your belly satisfied for hours.
I grew up eating shepherd's pie because it was one of those recipes my mom would make on the weekend so we could have yummy leftovers for the week. I always loved the smell of it baking.
Shepherd's Pie is a great recipe to make on the weekend to make your busy weeknights less stressful! Just heat it up in your oven at 350F for 10 to 15 minutes and enjoy.
I changed up the traditional recipe and swapped out the white mashed potatoes for mashed sweet potatoes. Just like most of my recipes on Joyous Health, you can find all the ingredients at your neighbourhood grocery store. This recipe is proof that if you've got really good quality ingredients, you can make great tasting food.
If you wanted to make this shepherd's pie totally plant-based, you could easily swap out the ground chicken or beef for lentils instead. I would recommend 2-2.5 cups of dry lentils and double the water.
The sweet potato mash on top is so flavourful because I added cinnamon and nutmeg. You could also add cloves too, but use a very small amount (/8 of a tsp) because the flavour is very intense – a little goes a long way!
This shepherd's pie is also packed with colourful veggies. I mean, just look at that little rainbow of colours. Colour, as I've always said, is a cue for health. The more variety of colours in your food, the greater the nutritional value because the colour is provided by plant chemicals called phytonutrients. These plant chemicals have a variety of benefits for our health from digestive wellness , to brain health and immune system health.
Even canned tomato paste is an excellent source of lycopene, which has been found in research to be cancer preventative.
It's worth the effort because depending on how many people are in your household, you may get a few meals out of it. If you're making it for 4 people I would suggest doubling the recipe so you have leftovers for easy weeknight meals or lunches.
As I'm putting this post together, I'm literally getting hungry all over again. We've eaten the most recent shepherd's pie we made but I think it's time to make another one!
This Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie is ...
Here's my recipe for this glorious Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie.
This serves 4 generously or 6 modestly.
This recipe is featured in my Be Merry & Joyous Holiday Guide with 15 recipes for you to enjoy over the holidays. You can download it here.
I hope this Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie keeps you warm through the chilly winter months. Happy Holidays!