I don’t eat Paleo, but I do love the idea of eating food as close to its original form as possible. I also love shepherds pie, but traditional shepherds pie uses ground beef and mashed potatoes, two foods I don’t eat on the psoriasis diet. (Needless to say, I’m always on the lookout for nightshade-free Crock Pot recipes. Those are really, really hard to find!) When I found this recipe for Paleo Crock Pot Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie, I was over the moon. Not only does this recipe have exactly zero of the foods I don’t eat, but it also incorporates sweet potatoes (a favorite) and the Crock Pot (the best appliance ever). On a chilly day, there is something so satisfying about serving a hot meal from the Crock Pot, especially when it’s hearty and filling. Also, it eliminates that end-of-day scrambling to cook exhaustion I usually have since it simmers happily throughout the day on my counter.
Unlike a lot of Crock Pot recipes, the Paleo Crock Pot Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie recipe does require some prep work. You’re going to have to cook the sweet potatoes and mash them, either by themselves (so easy!) or with almond milk to make them the consistency you want. That can be done the night before, along with sauteing the onions and garlic. If I have room in my fridge, I usually just prep the entire Crock Pot the night before, and in the morning, I’ll stick the pot in the base and turn it on, letting it work its magic.
Not only do I love this recipe, but my kids like it, too. Yes, picky eaters like the savory flavors and don’t even miss the regular mashed potatoes. I also love eating the leftovers from this shepherds pie. I’m not sure what it is, maybe the sweet potatoes, but it doesn’t feel heavy.
- 1/2 cup beef broth
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 cups of mashed sweet potatoes
- 1 lb lean ground turkey (99/1)
- 1 tbsp herbs de provence
- 2 cups frozen peas and carrots (mixed vegetable pack, thawed)
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- Saute the onion and garlic over medium-high heat until the onion softens.
- Put the ground turkey into the crock pot, and stir in the onion and garlic mixture and the herbs de provence. Add the vegetables and stir. Pour the beef broth and water into the crock pot, then spread the mashed sweet potatoes over the mixture with a wooden spoon.
- Cover and cook for 6 hours on low.
What’s your favorite Crock Pot recipe?