Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

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For those of you who have been following along for awhile, you know my dad, grandfather and husband are all diabetic. My husband is brittle diabetic so whenever possible, I try to make food he can eat without needing to take a ton of insulin. Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie with ground turkey is a nice alternative to traditional Shepherd’s Pie which is loaded with carbs, which isn’t the best for diabetics.

I also used ground turkey which is a healthier alternative to ground beef. Don’t get me wrong, I love ground beef but sometimes a healthier alternative is good ;).

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Jessica Bruno
Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie made with ground turkey is a healthier version of the traditional Shepherd’s PIe and great for diabetics too.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey I used 95% lean
  • 4 large sweet potatoes peeled and cut in half about a lb
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large spoonfull of crushed garlic about 2 cloves *I love garlic so use less if you are not a lover
  • 1 can or frozen bag of corn
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup sour cream I used fat free
  • 2 tbsp butter or alternative I used “I can’t believe it’s not butter”
  • 1/2 cup milk I used 1%
  • Paprika optional
  • Olive oil Cooking Spray


  • Preheat oven 375
  • Boil peeled potatoes until soft (about 25 minutes) and place in strainer
  • Add drained cooked potatoes to a mixing bowl, add milk, sour cream and butter and mix on medium until potatoes are smooth. If your potatoes are lumpy, mix in a little water until smooth
  • In a large sauce pan , add olive oil, garlic and onions and saute for about 5 minutes on low heat. Then add ground turkey. Cook ground turkey on medium, mixing until browned. About 10 minutes.
  • Spray 9×11 baking dish with olive oil spray and layer ingredients starting with cooked beef mixture, then corn, then sweet potato.
  • Sprinkle paprika across the top (about 2 tsp)
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until top is light brown


You can also use lean ground beef instead of ground turkey. See our cheeseburger Shepherd’s Pie and our Traditional Shepherd’s Pie
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Recipe adapted from the Diabetes.Org Site

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Another fun idea when serving Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie is to create mini versions in oven safe crocks. The crocks shown in these pictures are from HomeGoods.  Everyone always loves having their own crock at dinner time. It takes a little longer to prepare because you have to layer the Shepherd’s Pie in each crock but sometimes as a treat (and when I have extra time), I pull out the crocks! Here are a couple more of my favorite crocks in blue and petite stoneware in red (links are affiliates). Be sure to check out our food page for other family favorite recipes.


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