This Light Shepherd’s Pie Recipe cuts down a few calories using ground Turkey instead of beef and using a few shortcuts to give you a great taste of Shepherd’s Pie with less calories.
* If you like more meat on your Shepherd’s pie you can double everything on this recipe (but the potatoes).
– 1 package of ground Turkey (1.25 lbs)
– 1 small can of tomato sauce (8 oz)
– 8 medium size potatoes
– 4 small carrots (or medium size)
– 1 cup of sliced mushrooms (you can use more if you prefer, also you can use frozen)
– 1 Roma tomato (optional)
– 1/4 onion chopped
– 1 garlic clove chopped
– green onion and cilantro
– salt and pepper to taste
– 2 to 3 tablespoons of light butter or margarine
– enough milk for the mash potatoes
– 1 tablespoon of olive oil
– Parmesan cheese
– shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese
HOW TO MAKE IT:
Lets start washing the potatoes and cutting it into chunks, the way I prefer is small chunks to be faster. Once they are cut, set it into a big pot and cover them with enough water and let them boil on medium high heat until you stick a fork in a few and they fall a part (soft). Then drain it and put the drained potatoes on your KitchenAid Mixer Bowl and reserve.
Preheat your oven to 400F.
But while your potatoes are boiling you can start preparing the turkey. Lets chop the veggies.
Peel your carrots, wash it and on a cutting board you are going to cut them in half and then half again, then you will chop it, they will look like little squares. Reserve it.
Chop your Onion, garlic, green onion, cilantro, mushroom and tomato, but just make sure you leave all the veggies separated since you will add them at different times.
Now, on pan over medium high heat add olive oil and onions and let them turn into a light golden brown color then add garlic and let it cook for about 1 minute and add turkey.
Once Turkey is cooked completely Its time to add carrots and let it cook for another minute. Add now mushrooms and let it cook for another minute. Add tomatoes and tomato sauce as well as green onions, salt and pepper, turn down your heat to medium low and let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes uncovered.
Lets make the mashed potatoes. Add the Paddle Attachment to your KitchenAid Mixer. Into the bowl with potatoes add light butter or margarine, milk, salt and pepper and start your mixer on low speed for at least 1 minute. Once your potatoes are pretty much mashed, you can raise the speed and start adding more milk if you need and scrape the sides of the bowl (you don’t want your mashed potatoes too liquid, they have to be more solid for this dish, so try to use less milk) once your mashed tastes good turn off your mixer and reserve it.
Once your carrots are cooked your turkey is ready, turn the heat off and add the chopped cilantro into the mix.
Spread the turkey on a 13×9 baking pan covering completely the bottom. Now spoon the mash potato all over the top of the turkey and start spreading the mash potato all over covering the turkey mixture.
Once you cover it all, sprinkle the shredded cheese over the mash potato and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over it.
To the oven it goes for about 10-15 minutes or until the cheese on the top becomes golden brown.
Your dish is ready.
This is such a delicious dish wish less calories than the usual Shepherd’s Pie. There is no reason why you cannot have a nice warm comforting meal 🙂