goodbyes, comfort food, and seconds

the hubs left for germany this weekend.  so i made comfort food.

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it’s shepherds pie (adapted from SkinnyTaste- you can find the original recipe here) and it was delicious.

i don’t like living alone.  it causes me to talk to my dog, which makes me feel like a crazy person.  it also causes me to eat a lot of s’mores.  but on the bright side, since he left, that means i am closer to leaving, which is exciting.  so i will dub this patience and comfort food.

Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie (with a cajun kick)

Ingredients

Taters:
-2 medium-large sweet potatoes, peeled, diced
-3 cloves garlic (or 2 teaspoons minced garlic)
-1/2 cup milk (i used skim)
-1/4 cup fat-free chicken broth
-2 tbsp cajun seasoning (i used Rex’s)
-salt and pepper to taste

Pie:
-1 lb lean ground turkey
-1 tsp olive oil or butter or non stick spray
-1 medium onion, diced
-2 celery stalks, chopped
-2 cloves garlic, diced (or you can used the minced again)
-8 oz mushrooms, diced
-10 oz frozen mixed vegetables
-1 cup fat-free low-sodium chicken broth
-2 tsp tomato paste
-1 tsp barbecue sauce
-1 tbsp (or more if you want it kickin’) cajun seasoning (sprinkled on veggies)
-salt and pepper
-1 can of corn, drained

1. boil sweet potatoes and garlic in a pot of salted water until cooked and soft. drain and mash with chicken broth, cajun seasoning, salt and pepper. i don’t have a potato masher, so i mix them with a hand mixer like my momma.

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2. preheat oven to 400°F.

3. in a large saute pan brown turkey; season with salt and pepper. when cooked, set aside. add olive oil/butter/non stick spray to the pan, then add the onion and sauté one minute. add the celery, salt and pepper to taste; cook until celery is soft.

4. add garlic and mushrooms; sauté another 3-4 minutes. add cajun seasoning,  salt and pepper and mix. add chicken broth, tomato paste, BBQ sauce, cooked turkey, and mix well. simmer on low about 5-10 minutes.

5. in your casserole dish, spray non stick spray (we will layer ingredients in dish).  pour frozen veggies at the bottom of the dish.  sprinkle cajun seasoning, salt and pepper.  add corn.  pour the meat mixture over corn. pour the sweet potatoes over meat mixture.

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6. bake for 30-40 mins or until heated through.

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the good news about this dish?  it’s pretty healthy.  the BBQ sauce and salt are probably the worse things about it.  the bad news?  it only filled me up for like an hour or 2…so i ate seconds.  when the hubs had it, we both felt like we could have eaten half the pan easily before actually feeling full.  so it may not stick to your ribs like other shepherds pies do, but at least you won’t feel guilty about that second helping!

 

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