Classic Shepherd’s Pie Made Skinny

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We all love comfort food and this casserole screams comfort! It’s a 
lightened-up version of a classic Shepherd’s pie. It really has it all with lean protein from ground turkey, lots of veggies and topped with low calorie hash browns.  Each serving has 248 calories, 7 grams of fat and 6 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.  I like to pack any leftovers in individual serving containers and freeze them.

Prep Time: 20 minutes (includes some cooking)
Bake Time: 50 minutes


Ingredients for Pie:

1 pound ground turkey

1½ teaspoon olive oil

1½ cups onions, diced

1 cup carrots, diced

1 cup celery, diced

1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried thyme

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

½ cup red wine

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoon Dijon or yellow mustard

1 cup frozen green peas


Ingredients for Topping:

7 cups frozen hash brown potatoes, not thawed

3 tablespoons reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light, melted

Olive oil or canola oil cooking spray

Salt and pepper, to taste


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Coat a 12 x 9 or 13 x 9 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

3. In a large nonstick pan, brown ground turkey over medium-high heat, about 8 minutes. Pour turkey into a colander and drain all the fat. Blot with paper towels. Set aside.

4. In same pan, heat 1½ teaspoons olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots and celery and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and thyme and cook for 1 minute.

5. Stir in flour and tomato paste; cook for 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, broth, wine, Worcestershire and Dijon. Bring to a boil, reduced heat to medium-low and stir in cooked ground turkey and peas.

6. Pour filling into baking dish and place on baking sheet.

7. For the topping: arrange frozen hash browns on top of filling. Lightly press the potatoes down to keep them mounded. Drizzle melted butter all over top of potatoes. Coat with olive oil or canola oil cooking spray all over the top of potatoes. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, to taste

8. Place casserole in oven and bake for 45-50 minutes until potatoes are golden brown.

9. Let pie cool for 15 minutes to set before serving. Cut into 8 servings.

Serves 8 (each serving, ⅛ of recipe)


Food Fact

Shepherd’s Pie was originally created as an economical way to use leftovers from the Sunday roast. It’s usually made with some kind of ground or diced meat such as beef, lamb or mutton mixed with a gravy and vegetables and topped with mashed potatoes.


Healthy Tips

Frozen hash browns are terrific. They’re just potatoes with no fat added. One cup has 70 calories, 0 fat and 0 trans fat.

Taking the time to drain the browned ground turkey before adding it back to the pan cuts the calories and fat way down.


Prep Tip

The best way to melt the reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance light is in the microwave. Be sure to cover it with a dish so it doesn’t get all over your microwave.  Heat for about 20 seconds.


Storage Tip

Wrap in individual portions and freeze any leftovers.


Weight Watchers SmartPoints
6
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
 
5

NEW SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (each serving ⅛ of recipe)
248 calories, 7g fat, 2g sat. fat, 40mg chol, 14g protein, 23g carbs, 3g fiber, 346mg sodium, 4g sugar
FACTS: for SmartPoints
228 calories, 2g sat. fat, 3g sugar, 14g protein