High Protein Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

As a child, shepherd's pie was one of my favorites...

High Protein Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie Recipe

High Protein Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

As a child, shepherd’s pie was one of my favorites.

But now, having cut white potatoes out of our diet, I experimented with sweet potatoes in this dish for two. The result is different, but just as yummy! 

Makes: 2 servings

Total Time: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (8-3/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • Dash each ground cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  1. Scrub and pierce sweet potato; place on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 10-12 minutes or until tender, turning once.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the corn, tomato sauce and spices.
  3. Place in a 1-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray; set aside.
  4. When cool enough to handle, cut potato in half; scoop out the pulp and place in a small bowl. Mash with butter, milk, salt and pepper.
  5. Spread evenly over meat mixture.
  6. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. 
  7. Yield: 2 servings.


Nutritional Facts

1-3/4 cups: 404 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 900mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 6g fiber), 27g protein.

Daniel Messer, RNutr, CPT

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