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Lightened-up Shepherd’s Pie

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This comfort food favorite is made with flavorful ground turkey and a boost of veggies like mushrooms and zucchini. The perfect balanced meal for those cozy fall or winter nights!


  • 1 tsp avocado or grapeseed oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped
  • ½ zucchini, finely chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • Dash Worcestershire
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 small can of corn
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, quartered or smaller
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • ¼ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion and garlic and cook until fragrant and onion starts to become clear.
  3. Add bell pepper, zucchini, and mushrooms. Cook until starting to brown, about 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil, add potatoes and cook until tender when pierced with a fork, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and drain.
  5. Add ground turkey to vegetable mixture, cook until no longer pink, approx 6-8 minutes.
  6. Add stock and heat until boiling, push ingredients to the sides of the pan and make an opening in the middle of the pan, add flour 1-2 tsp at a time, whisk until dissolved and  sauce thickens. May add additional stock if you like a saucier filling.
  7. Add corn and stir until mixed in. Add salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.
  8. Remove pan from heat and place in an oven-safe dish.
  9. Add milk and butter to potatoes and mash until smooth, add more milk if needed. salt and pepper to taste
  10. Spread potato mixture over ground turkey mixture
  11. Sprinkle with cheese
  12. Bake at 375F for ~30 minutes or until potatoes start to brown. (May want to broil for the last 5 miutes to get it nice and crisp)
  13. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: European