A Healthier Take on Shepherd’s Pie

My family loves Shepherd’s Pie but the problem is, the typical recipe is loaded with sodium, fat, and carbs. Not good, not good at all. I still treat them to it occasionally because it’s one of B’s favorites but I always feel “dirty” when I do it. So last week I set out to make a healthier variety of this family favorite and it was a hit in my house and will be added to the rotation. B and I posted it on Facebook and got requests for the recipe, so here you go.
What you’ll need:
  • 1 lb ground chicken (I’m sure you won’t be surprised to know I used Tyson)
  • 1 can reduced sodium cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 package reduced sodium french onion soup
  • 1 can no salt mixed vegetables
  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 3 tbsp no salt butter
  • 1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese
What you’ll do:
  • Cut up and boil the sweet potatoes until tender, then mash mixing in the butter.
  • Thoroughly cook the ground chicken on the stove top in a large pan.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, mix in the canned soup and soup packet, and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Pour the chicken mixture into a Pyrex 9×9 baking dish, mix in the canned vegetables, cover with the mashed sweet potatoes, top it off with shredded cheese.
  • Bake in the oven at 350 until the cheese begins to lightly brown, about 15-20 minutes.
And voila! A simple dish with less sodium, lower carbs, and less fat but still packed full of flavor. 
This is not a fancy dish, so there’s no need for fancy plates. Paper plate it and dig in. They liked this version even better than the “dirty” one. Let me know if you try it. I’d love to hear what you think.

About Christy

Christy Gossett, managing editor of SoFabFood and creator of the healthy living blog, Insanity Is Not An Option, is a WAHM of 6 kids ranging in age from 27 to 8. She enjoys sharing her heart-healthy, low sodium recipes to help others with dietary restrictions enjoy a flavorful life while maintaining a healthy diet.

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  1. I have always love Shepherd’s Pie and this sounds like a great alternative. I’ll show it to Howard and ask him to make it for us some night!