Ground turkey sauteed with mixed vegetables, brown lentils and sweet potatoes almond crust. This is the best comfort food meal without guilt you’ll ever make. Plus the best recipe to use your thanksgiving leftover : turkey and mash !
Turkey Shepherd’s pie : Best Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe
Well, you know I am French, I live in New Zealand and I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. HAHA so why do I make a Sweet Potatoes Turkey Shepherd’s Pie when it is so warm outside in Auckland? I am simply preparing lots of make-ahead freezer meals before I have that baby. I love Shepherd’s Pie. Or should I say Hachis Parmentier as we call it in French. Both recipe are very similar.
In France mum used to make this recipe with leftover of Pot au Feu. Pot au feu is a huge beef pot meal cooked for hours in vegetable stock with carrots, swedes and cabbage. It gives a sort of pulled apart beef that you can reuse in any recipe like Shepherd’s Pie or bolognese. So this is my healthy Shepherd’s Pie recipe. A French inspired recipe with a Kiwi twist – Kiwi loves sweet potatoes or should I say Kumara ? I used a combo of healthy low fat protein in this recipe. I combined ground turkey with brown lentils sauteed with carrots, green capsicum and brown onion. This recipe will totally work with your turkey thanksgiving leftover and you can call it a leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Shepherd’s Pie if you like ! Mum used to make this recipe with beef leftover and it work well.
As I am obsessed with healthy lower carb recipe I choose to use mash sweet potatoes for the crust. French and American use mash potatoes which taste amazing but slightly higher in carbs. I sprinkle almond meal on top of the crust instead of the regular emmental cheese mum used. It not only lightened up the dish but also add a crispy texture after you let it grill 5 minutes in the oven ! Almond meal is such a perfect replacement to cheese on gratin.
I made two large dishes with this recipe and I freeze all of it in airtight plastic container. It just made my first 8 healthy freeze-ahead meals before baby arrives. I will probably make more easy freezer meals in the next few weeks as baby arrive in 7 weeks now.
Recipe inspired by ifoodreal recipe and my mum recipe.