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Turkey and Cranberry Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Topping

Turkey and Cranberry Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Topping

This tasty, healthier Shepherd's pie is perfect for Thanksgiving

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How delicious does this look?

This healthier version of Shepherd’s Pie combines turkey, cranberries, and green beans for a tasty filling that's topped off with creamy sweet potatoes. This recipe is courtesy of Chef Glenn Lyman for BJ’s Wholesale Club.

Ingredients

Potato Topping

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Pinch of kosher salt and pepper to taste

For the Filling

  • 1 Pound ground turkey
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 Cup fresh cranberry sauce (prepared according to package directions)
  • 1 Cup frozen green beans
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 Cups chicken broth, lower-sodium
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • 1 Pinch of kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking spray

Servings4

Calories Per Serving592

Folate equivalent (total)33µg8%

Riboflavin (B2)0.4mg22.8%


Sweet Potato and Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

My husband and I make a fine family of nerds. Yes, we bought tickets to the opening night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Monday (eeeeee!). And on the way home from work today, our conversation went something like this:

Me: I have to do a blog post when we get home.
Zach: What are you going to write about?
Me: Sweet potato shepherd&rsquos pie!
Zach: Yum! SPSP!
Me: SP squared!
Him: Actually, it would be parentheses SP parentheses squared.

Can you tell we are both high school teachers?

And so, I present to you, Sweet Potato (and ground turkey) Shepherd&rsquos Pie. AKA SPSP. AKA (SP)². You don&rsquot have to be a nerd like us to enjoy this easy to make, delicious, comforting, simple, and healthy casserole!

Every time I crave warm comfort food, I always make the same thing: shepherd&rsquos pie. Oh goodness, it&rsquos good. Good in that really, simple way that comfort food is known for.

A while ago, when Bowl of Delicious was still very young, I posted about Simple Shepherd&rsquos Pie. This is a lighter, healthier take on the same recipe with sweet potatoes instead of white (which have more nutrients and fewer carbs) and ground turkey instead of ground beef (which is a leaner meat). Plus, some fresh thyme thrown in the mix to add deeper flavor.

It&rsquos simple, delicious, healthy, and oh so comforting. And the best part? It&rsquos a make-ahead meal, meaning you can assemble it on the weekend and pop it in the oven for 30 minutes when you are ready to eat. Or better yet: make two on the weekend, freeze one, and cook the other that week! You&rsquoll just have to defrost the frozen one in the fridge overnight before cooking it at a later date.

Now. The way I make it is a bit non-traditional: it does not include gravy.

Right now you are probably thinking: Gasp! No gravy?! You must be crazy! And you know what? Maybe I am. Because gravy is potentially the most amazing substance on the face of this great earth. But I&rsquove never made shepherd&rsquos pie any other way. This is the way my mom made it when I was growing up, and the way I&rsquoll continue to make it. Because even though it doesn&rsquot have gravy, it&rsquos still DELICIOUS, uses fewer ingredients than a traditional shepherd&rsquos pie, and is easier to make.


Sweet Potato and Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

My husband and I make a fine family of nerds. Yes, we bought tickets to the opening night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Monday (eeeeee!). And on the way home from work today, our conversation went something like this:

Me: I have to do a blog post when we get home.
Zach: What are you going to write about?
Me: Sweet potato shepherd&rsquos pie!
Zach: Yum! SPSP!
Me: SP squared!
Him: Actually, it would be parentheses SP parentheses squared.

Can you tell we are both high school teachers?

And so, I present to you, Sweet Potato (and ground turkey) Shepherd&rsquos Pie. AKA SPSP. AKA (SP)². You don&rsquot have to be a nerd like us to enjoy this easy to make, delicious, comforting, simple, and healthy casserole!

Every time I crave warm comfort food, I always make the same thing: shepherd&rsquos pie. Oh goodness, it&rsquos good. Good in that really, simple way that comfort food is known for.

A while ago, when Bowl of Delicious was still very young, I posted about Simple Shepherd&rsquos Pie. This is a lighter, healthier take on the same recipe with sweet potatoes instead of white (which have more nutrients and fewer carbs) and ground turkey instead of ground beef (which is a leaner meat). Plus, some fresh thyme thrown in the mix to add deeper flavor.

It&rsquos simple, delicious, healthy, and oh so comforting. And the best part? It&rsquos a make-ahead meal, meaning you can assemble it on the weekend and pop it in the oven for 30 minutes when you are ready to eat. Or better yet: make two on the weekend, freeze one, and cook the other that week! You&rsquoll just have to defrost the frozen one in the fridge overnight before cooking it at a later date.

Now. The way I make it is a bit non-traditional: it does not include gravy.

Right now you are probably thinking: Gasp! No gravy?! You must be crazy! And you know what? Maybe I am. Because gravy is potentially the most amazing substance on the face of this great earth. But I&rsquove never made shepherd&rsquos pie any other way. This is the way my mom made it when I was growing up, and the way I&rsquoll continue to make it. Because even though it doesn&rsquot have gravy, it&rsquos still DELICIOUS, uses fewer ingredients than a traditional shepherd&rsquos pie, and is easier to make.


Sweet Potato and Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

My husband and I make a fine family of nerds. Yes, we bought tickets to the opening night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Monday (eeeeee!). And on the way home from work today, our conversation went something like this:

Me: I have to do a blog post when we get home.
Zach: What are you going to write about?
Me: Sweet potato shepherd&rsquos pie!
Zach: Yum! SPSP!
Me: SP squared!
Him: Actually, it would be parentheses SP parentheses squared.

Can you tell we are both high school teachers?

And so, I present to you, Sweet Potato (and ground turkey) Shepherd&rsquos Pie. AKA SPSP. AKA (SP)². You don&rsquot have to be a nerd like us to enjoy this easy to make, delicious, comforting, simple, and healthy casserole!

Every time I crave warm comfort food, I always make the same thing: shepherd&rsquos pie. Oh goodness, it&rsquos good. Good in that really, simple way that comfort food is known for.

A while ago, when Bowl of Delicious was still very young, I posted about Simple Shepherd&rsquos Pie. This is a lighter, healthier take on the same recipe with sweet potatoes instead of white (which have more nutrients and fewer carbs) and ground turkey instead of ground beef (which is a leaner meat). Plus, some fresh thyme thrown in the mix to add deeper flavor.

It&rsquos simple, delicious, healthy, and oh so comforting. And the best part? It&rsquos a make-ahead meal, meaning you can assemble it on the weekend and pop it in the oven for 30 minutes when you are ready to eat. Or better yet: make two on the weekend, freeze one, and cook the other that week! You&rsquoll just have to defrost the frozen one in the fridge overnight before cooking it at a later date.

Now. The way I make it is a bit non-traditional: it does not include gravy.

Right now you are probably thinking: Gasp! No gravy?! You must be crazy! And you know what? Maybe I am. Because gravy is potentially the most amazing substance on the face of this great earth. But I&rsquove never made shepherd&rsquos pie any other way. This is the way my mom made it when I was growing up, and the way I&rsquoll continue to make it. Because even though it doesn&rsquot have gravy, it&rsquos still DELICIOUS, uses fewer ingredients than a traditional shepherd&rsquos pie, and is easier to make.


Sweet Potato and Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

My husband and I make a fine family of nerds. Yes, we bought tickets to the opening night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Monday (eeeeee!). And on the way home from work today, our conversation went something like this:

Me: I have to do a blog post when we get home.
Zach: What are you going to write about?
Me: Sweet potato shepherd&rsquos pie!
Zach: Yum! SPSP!
Me: SP squared!
Him: Actually, it would be parentheses SP parentheses squared.

Can you tell we are both high school teachers?

And so, I present to you, Sweet Potato (and ground turkey) Shepherd&rsquos Pie. AKA SPSP. AKA (SP)². You don&rsquot have to be a nerd like us to enjoy this easy to make, delicious, comforting, simple, and healthy casserole!

Every time I crave warm comfort food, I always make the same thing: shepherd&rsquos pie. Oh goodness, it&rsquos good. Good in that really, simple way that comfort food is known for.

A while ago, when Bowl of Delicious was still very young, I posted about Simple Shepherd&rsquos Pie. This is a lighter, healthier take on the same recipe with sweet potatoes instead of white (which have more nutrients and fewer carbs) and ground turkey instead of ground beef (which is a leaner meat). Plus, some fresh thyme thrown in the mix to add deeper flavor.

It&rsquos simple, delicious, healthy, and oh so comforting. And the best part? It&rsquos a make-ahead meal, meaning you can assemble it on the weekend and pop it in the oven for 30 minutes when you are ready to eat. Or better yet: make two on the weekend, freeze one, and cook the other that week! You&rsquoll just have to defrost the frozen one in the fridge overnight before cooking it at a later date.

Now. The way I make it is a bit non-traditional: it does not include gravy.

Right now you are probably thinking: Gasp! No gravy?! You must be crazy! And you know what? Maybe I am. Because gravy is potentially the most amazing substance on the face of this great earth. But I&rsquove never made shepherd&rsquos pie any other way. This is the way my mom made it when I was growing up, and the way I&rsquoll continue to make it. Because even though it doesn&rsquot have gravy, it&rsquos still DELICIOUS, uses fewer ingredients than a traditional shepherd&rsquos pie, and is easier to make.


Sweet Potato and Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

My husband and I make a fine family of nerds. Yes, we bought tickets to the opening night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Monday (eeeeee!). And on the way home from work today, our conversation went something like this:

Me: I have to do a blog post when we get home.
Zach: What are you going to write about?
Me: Sweet potato shepherd&rsquos pie!
Zach: Yum! SPSP!
Me: SP squared!
Him: Actually, it would be parentheses SP parentheses squared.

Can you tell we are both high school teachers?

And so, I present to you, Sweet Potato (and ground turkey) Shepherd&rsquos Pie. AKA SPSP. AKA (SP)². You don&rsquot have to be a nerd like us to enjoy this easy to make, delicious, comforting, simple, and healthy casserole!

Every time I crave warm comfort food, I always make the same thing: shepherd&rsquos pie. Oh goodness, it&rsquos good. Good in that really, simple way that comfort food is known for.

A while ago, when Bowl of Delicious was still very young, I posted about Simple Shepherd&rsquos Pie. This is a lighter, healthier take on the same recipe with sweet potatoes instead of white (which have more nutrients and fewer carbs) and ground turkey instead of ground beef (which is a leaner meat). Plus, some fresh thyme thrown in the mix to add deeper flavor.

It&rsquos simple, delicious, healthy, and oh so comforting. And the best part? It&rsquos a make-ahead meal, meaning you can assemble it on the weekend and pop it in the oven for 30 minutes when you are ready to eat. Or better yet: make two on the weekend, freeze one, and cook the other that week! You&rsquoll just have to defrost the frozen one in the fridge overnight before cooking it at a later date.

Now. The way I make it is a bit non-traditional: it does not include gravy.

Right now you are probably thinking: Gasp! No gravy?! You must be crazy! And you know what? Maybe I am. Because gravy is potentially the most amazing substance on the face of this great earth. But I&rsquove never made shepherd&rsquos pie any other way. This is the way my mom made it when I was growing up, and the way I&rsquoll continue to make it. Because even though it doesn&rsquot have gravy, it&rsquos still DELICIOUS, uses fewer ingredients than a traditional shepherd&rsquos pie, and is easier to make.


Sweet Potato and Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

My husband and I make a fine family of nerds. Yes, we bought tickets to the opening night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Monday (eeeeee!). And on the way home from work today, our conversation went something like this:

Me: I have to do a blog post when we get home.
Zach: What are you going to write about?
Me: Sweet potato shepherd&rsquos pie!
Zach: Yum! SPSP!
Me: SP squared!
Him: Actually, it would be parentheses SP parentheses squared.

Can you tell we are both high school teachers?

And so, I present to you, Sweet Potato (and ground turkey) Shepherd&rsquos Pie. AKA SPSP. AKA (SP)². You don&rsquot have to be a nerd like us to enjoy this easy to make, delicious, comforting, simple, and healthy casserole!

Every time I crave warm comfort food, I always make the same thing: shepherd&rsquos pie. Oh goodness, it&rsquos good. Good in that really, simple way that comfort food is known for.

A while ago, when Bowl of Delicious was still very young, I posted about Simple Shepherd&rsquos Pie. This is a lighter, healthier take on the same recipe with sweet potatoes instead of white (which have more nutrients and fewer carbs) and ground turkey instead of ground beef (which is a leaner meat). Plus, some fresh thyme thrown in the mix to add deeper flavor.

It&rsquos simple, delicious, healthy, and oh so comforting. And the best part? It&rsquos a make-ahead meal, meaning you can assemble it on the weekend and pop it in the oven for 30 minutes when you are ready to eat. Or better yet: make two on the weekend, freeze one, and cook the other that week! You&rsquoll just have to defrost the frozen one in the fridge overnight before cooking it at a later date.

Now. The way I make it is a bit non-traditional: it does not include gravy.

Right now you are probably thinking: Gasp! No gravy?! You must be crazy! And you know what? Maybe I am. Because gravy is potentially the most amazing substance on the face of this great earth. But I&rsquove never made shepherd&rsquos pie any other way. This is the way my mom made it when I was growing up, and the way I&rsquoll continue to make it. Because even though it doesn&rsquot have gravy, it&rsquos still DELICIOUS, uses fewer ingredients than a traditional shepherd&rsquos pie, and is easier to make.


Sweet Potato and Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

My husband and I make a fine family of nerds. Yes, we bought tickets to the opening night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Monday (eeeeee!). And on the way home from work today, our conversation went something like this:

Me: I have to do a blog post when we get home.
Zach: What are you going to write about?
Me: Sweet potato shepherd&rsquos pie!
Zach: Yum! SPSP!
Me: SP squared!
Him: Actually, it would be parentheses SP parentheses squared.

Can you tell we are both high school teachers?

And so, I present to you, Sweet Potato (and ground turkey) Shepherd&rsquos Pie. AKA SPSP. AKA (SP)². You don&rsquot have to be a nerd like us to enjoy this easy to make, delicious, comforting, simple, and healthy casserole!

Every time I crave warm comfort food, I always make the same thing: shepherd&rsquos pie. Oh goodness, it&rsquos good. Good in that really, simple way that comfort food is known for.

A while ago, when Bowl of Delicious was still very young, I posted about Simple Shepherd&rsquos Pie. This is a lighter, healthier take on the same recipe with sweet potatoes instead of white (which have more nutrients and fewer carbs) and ground turkey instead of ground beef (which is a leaner meat). Plus, some fresh thyme thrown in the mix to add deeper flavor.

It&rsquos simple, delicious, healthy, and oh so comforting. And the best part? It&rsquos a make-ahead meal, meaning you can assemble it on the weekend and pop it in the oven for 30 minutes when you are ready to eat. Or better yet: make two on the weekend, freeze one, and cook the other that week! You&rsquoll just have to defrost the frozen one in the fridge overnight before cooking it at a later date.

Now. The way I make it is a bit non-traditional: it does not include gravy.

Right now you are probably thinking: Gasp! No gravy?! You must be crazy! And you know what? Maybe I am. Because gravy is potentially the most amazing substance on the face of this great earth. But I&rsquove never made shepherd&rsquos pie any other way. This is the way my mom made it when I was growing up, and the way I&rsquoll continue to make it. Because even though it doesn&rsquot have gravy, it&rsquos still DELICIOUS, uses fewer ingredients than a traditional shepherd&rsquos pie, and is easier to make.


Sweet Potato and Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

My husband and I make a fine family of nerds. Yes, we bought tickets to the opening night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Monday (eeeeee!). And on the way home from work today, our conversation went something like this:

Me: I have to do a blog post when we get home.
Zach: What are you going to write about?
Me: Sweet potato shepherd&rsquos pie!
Zach: Yum! SPSP!
Me: SP squared!
Him: Actually, it would be parentheses SP parentheses squared.

Can you tell we are both high school teachers?

And so, I present to you, Sweet Potato (and ground turkey) Shepherd&rsquos Pie. AKA SPSP. AKA (SP)². You don&rsquot have to be a nerd like us to enjoy this easy to make, delicious, comforting, simple, and healthy casserole!

Every time I crave warm comfort food, I always make the same thing: shepherd&rsquos pie. Oh goodness, it&rsquos good. Good in that really, simple way that comfort food is known for.

A while ago, when Bowl of Delicious was still very young, I posted about Simple Shepherd&rsquos Pie. This is a lighter, healthier take on the same recipe with sweet potatoes instead of white (which have more nutrients and fewer carbs) and ground turkey instead of ground beef (which is a leaner meat). Plus, some fresh thyme thrown in the mix to add deeper flavor.

It&rsquos simple, delicious, healthy, and oh so comforting. And the best part? It&rsquos a make-ahead meal, meaning you can assemble it on the weekend and pop it in the oven for 30 minutes when you are ready to eat. Or better yet: make two on the weekend, freeze one, and cook the other that week! You&rsquoll just have to defrost the frozen one in the fridge overnight before cooking it at a later date.

Now. The way I make it is a bit non-traditional: it does not include gravy.

Right now you are probably thinking: Gasp! No gravy?! You must be crazy! And you know what? Maybe I am. Because gravy is potentially the most amazing substance on the face of this great earth. But I&rsquove never made shepherd&rsquos pie any other way. This is the way my mom made it when I was growing up, and the way I&rsquoll continue to make it. Because even though it doesn&rsquot have gravy, it&rsquos still DELICIOUS, uses fewer ingredients than a traditional shepherd&rsquos pie, and is easier to make.


Sweet Potato and Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

My husband and I make a fine family of nerds. Yes, we bought tickets to the opening night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Monday (eeeeee!). And on the way home from work today, our conversation went something like this:

Me: I have to do a blog post when we get home.
Zach: What are you going to write about?
Me: Sweet potato shepherd&rsquos pie!
Zach: Yum! SPSP!
Me: SP squared!
Him: Actually, it would be parentheses SP parentheses squared.

Can you tell we are both high school teachers?

And so, I present to you, Sweet Potato (and ground turkey) Shepherd&rsquos Pie. AKA SPSP. AKA (SP)². You don&rsquot have to be a nerd like us to enjoy this easy to make, delicious, comforting, simple, and healthy casserole!

Every time I crave warm comfort food, I always make the same thing: shepherd&rsquos pie. Oh goodness, it&rsquos good. Good in that really, simple way that comfort food is known for.

A while ago, when Bowl of Delicious was still very young, I posted about Simple Shepherd&rsquos Pie. This is a lighter, healthier take on the same recipe with sweet potatoes instead of white (which have more nutrients and fewer carbs) and ground turkey instead of ground beef (which is a leaner meat). Plus, some fresh thyme thrown in the mix to add deeper flavor.

It&rsquos simple, delicious, healthy, and oh so comforting. And the best part? It&rsquos a make-ahead meal, meaning you can assemble it on the weekend and pop it in the oven for 30 minutes when you are ready to eat. Or better yet: make two on the weekend, freeze one, and cook the other that week! You&rsquoll just have to defrost the frozen one in the fridge overnight before cooking it at a later date.

Now. The way I make it is a bit non-traditional: it does not include gravy.

Right now you are probably thinking: Gasp! No gravy?! You must be crazy! And you know what? Maybe I am. Because gravy is potentially the most amazing substance on the face of this great earth. But I&rsquove never made shepherd&rsquos pie any other way. This is the way my mom made it when I was growing up, and the way I&rsquoll continue to make it. Because even though it doesn&rsquot have gravy, it&rsquos still DELICIOUS, uses fewer ingredients than a traditional shepherd&rsquos pie, and is easier to make.


Sweet Potato and Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

My husband and I make a fine family of nerds. Yes, we bought tickets to the opening night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Monday (eeeeee!). And on the way home from work today, our conversation went something like this:

Me: I have to do a blog post when we get home.
Zach: What are you going to write about?
Me: Sweet potato shepherd&rsquos pie!
Zach: Yum! SPSP!
Me: SP squared!
Him: Actually, it would be parentheses SP parentheses squared.

Can you tell we are both high school teachers?

And so, I present to you, Sweet Potato (and ground turkey) Shepherd&rsquos Pie. AKA SPSP. AKA (SP)². You don&rsquot have to be a nerd like us to enjoy this easy to make, delicious, comforting, simple, and healthy casserole!

Every time I crave warm comfort food, I always make the same thing: shepherd&rsquos pie. Oh goodness, it&rsquos good. Good in that really, simple way that comfort food is known for.

A while ago, when Bowl of Delicious was still very young, I posted about Simple Shepherd&rsquos Pie. This is a lighter, healthier take on the same recipe with sweet potatoes instead of white (which have more nutrients and fewer carbs) and ground turkey instead of ground beef (which is a leaner meat). Plus, some fresh thyme thrown in the mix to add deeper flavor.

It&rsquos simple, delicious, healthy, and oh so comforting. And the best part? It&rsquos a make-ahead meal, meaning you can assemble it on the weekend and pop it in the oven for 30 minutes when you are ready to eat. Or better yet: make two on the weekend, freeze one, and cook the other that week! You&rsquoll just have to defrost the frozen one in the fridge overnight before cooking it at a later date.

Now. The way I make it is a bit non-traditional: it does not include gravy.

Right now you are probably thinking: Gasp! No gravy?! You must be crazy! And you know what? Maybe I am. Because gravy is potentially the most amazing substance on the face of this great earth. But I&rsquove never made shepherd&rsquos pie any other way. This is the way my mom made it when I was growing up, and the way I&rsquoll continue to make it. Because even though it doesn&rsquot have gravy, it&rsquos still DELICIOUS, uses fewer ingredients than a traditional shepherd&rsquos pie, and is easier to make.