Friday, July 26, 2013

Skinny and Delicious: Shepherd's Pie

Happy Friday! This week seems like it has lasted forever, and I don't know about you but I am so looking forward to the weekend. 

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For today's skinny and delicious recipe, I wanted to make something easy using the food I already had in the fridge. So when I saw this lightened up version of shepherd's pie from Fit Fun and Fantastic I knew it was the perfect meal to adapt to use up the rest of my turkey meatloaf muffins and baked sweet potatoes.

I love shepherd's pie. Those creamy mashed potatoes that have gotten a glorious crispy crust in the oven, layered on top of some saucy meat and vegetables just screams comfort food. However, it's not the healthiest thing ever, especially when you eat the entire pie, which I always do. Witness this yummy example from an English-style pub on a recent Bermuda vacation.

This version lightens up the original by subbing sweet potatoes for regular potatoes and subbing crumbled turkey meatloaf muffins for the traditional lamb or beef filling. And, while it definitely tastes healthier, there is still plenty of oozy comfort in this pie.


Calories: 252 | Fat: 4g | Cholest: 45mg | Sodium: 282mg | Carbs: 37g | Fiber: 7g | Sugars: 14g | Protein: 17g

2 baked sweet potatoes
2 cups frozen green beans
1 14.5 oz can stewed tomatoes
1 tsp worcestershire sauce

Crumble the turkey meatloaf muffins in the bottoms of a greased 8x6 or 8x8 pan, then stir in the green beans, stewed tomatoes, and worcestershire sauce.

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Next, mash up the sweet potatoes and spread on top of the mixture. 

Bake for about 30 minutes, then broil for about 5 minutes or until the top is browned and crispy.

Cut into 6 squares and serve. 1 serving is 2 squares, or 1/3 of the recipe.

I loved how this recipe came out and plan on making again in much larger quantities! The oats and zucchini in the muffins added a lot of great texture, but if you don't have a bunch of leftover turkey meatloaf muffins, check out Fit Fun and Fantastic's version for instructions using ground turkey.

Q: What are your favorite comfort foods? Found any good light versions, or does only the original do it for you?

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