Lighter Turkey Sheperds Pie for #SundaySuppers

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I have to be honest with you guys. If I see one more piece of turkey, I’m going to gag. Seriously. I am SO SICK OF IT. Luckily, this recipe for a lighter turkey sheperds pie used up the last bit I had left so I don’t have to deal with it again until Thursday. You know you’re a food blogger and writer when you’re already posting leftover recipe BEFORE IT’S EVEN THANKSGIVING. Even though I’m tired of Thanksgiving food, I actually loved this dish.

Shepherds pie is the definition of comfort food. I mean, mashed potatoes, meat and vegetables, all in one cozy little dish. This is a man’s meal, a stick to your bones after a long day in the lumber yard kinda dinner. However, since neither me or my husband do anything at all tough or manly, I decided to vastly ligthen this up. I have enough meat on my bones, if you know what I’m sayin’. I used just a wee bit of butter and cream in my taters and only used a dab of oil to cook the veggies. But don’t worry, this dish is still PLENTY hearty.

The magical thing about this turkey sheperds pie is that you can legitimately use ONLY leftovers for it. You don’t have to cook a thing if you don’t want to! If you have leftover mashed potatoes (can be sweet if you have them), leftover cooked vegetables and leftover turkey, you have this meal. If you’re the primary cook on Thanksgiving, I bet the last thing you want to do the day after Thanksgiving is cook again, am I right?

I was so excited leftover recipes was the challenge for this week’s #sundaysuppers because I have a fridge full of them. AND GUESS WHAT? I have NOTHING related to Thanksgiving left in my house! I could practically KISS my fridge I’m so happy. I’m hoping to do a t-day detox in preparation for Thanksgiving so I don’t ruin the magic for my best friend as I politely turn away any sort of Thanksgiving food. She’s cooking the meal herself this year, so I have to show her some love. Plus, she’s an amazing cook so I want to be able to love her food (which will be delicious!)

So whether you are over Thanksgiving or just getting started, bookmark this for black Friday. I mean, you need some strength, protein and heart to politely (read punch, kick and push) crazed people away from that J.Crew cashmere cardigan on sale for 75% off.

Lighter Turkey Sheperd’s Pie

Serves 4. Recipe slightly adapted by Food Network.


  • 2 cups leftover turkey, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables (I used carrots and celery)
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed potatoes (I used this recipe, with russet potatoes)
  • 4 tablespoons shredded cheese (I used Tillamook cracked pepper cheddar)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat. Add onions and cook for about 2 minutes. Add garlic, carrots and celery; reduce heat to medium and cook until soft and fragrant, about 5 – 6 minutes. Add in turkey and chicken broth. Reduce heat to low and simmer until liquid reduces.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove vegetables from heat and scoop evenly into 4 lightly greased ramekins. Top the mixture with mashed potatoes and 1 tablespoon of shredded cheese.
  3. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until cheese has melted and inside is bubbly.

Nutritional information per pie: 

Calories: 261.25
Fat: 11 grams
Carbohydrates: 13.75 grams
Fiber: 6 grams
Protein: 25.5 grams
Weight Watchers Points:  6

Be sure to check out these other fabulous leftover recipes from the group!

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Main Course

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Soups, Salads, Sides & Starters

Gluten Free Turkey and Dumplings by The Meltaways
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Curried Turkey Salad  by Kimchi Mom
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Spicy Coconut Turkey Soup by Diabetic Foodie
Mashed Potatoes Twice Baked by Hezzi-D’s Books & Cooks
Moroccan Chicken Salad with Rice by My Trial’s in the Kitchen
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Olive Tapenade by Fast Food to Fresh Food
Leftover Turkey Soup by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
Sweet Potato Bread Pudding by MarocMama 

Sweets & Desserts

Cranberry Sauce Crumb Bars by girlichef
Pumpkin Gingersnap Truffles by Chocolate Moosey
Sweet Potato Spice Cake with Pecan Streusel Topping by Shockingly Delicious
Chocolate Peanut Butter Potato Frosting by Yummy Smells

Wine Pairings for the Recipes Featured

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  1. Posted by Megan Wood on
    Sunday, November 18th, 2012
    Great recipe!! I have thought of doing this with leftover sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes. feel the same way as you about turkey :)
  2. Posted by Parsley Sage on
    Sunday, November 18th, 2012
    Well done! This is a true leftover dish :) We don't have Thanksgiving here so I'm nowhere near over turkey'd!
  3. Posted by Dinnersdishesdessert on
    Sunday, November 18th, 2012
    Way to go Claire - this looks awesome!!!
  4. Posted by Jen @JuanitasCocina on
    Sunday, November 18th, 2012
    It's the shredded cheese on top that has gotten me! YUM!
  5. Posted by Amanda on
    Sunday, November 18th, 2012
    Delicious! Love the added cheese!
  6. Posted by My Catholic Kitchen on
    Sunday, November 18th, 2012
    I love that you made this lighter. With all the turkey noshing we need something light.
  7. Sunday, November 18th, 2012
    How did you know that shepherd's pie is my absolute favorite?! It's definitely my all-time go-to comfort dish!
  8. Posted by 30A EATS on
    Sunday, November 18th, 2012
    Big bowl of comforting goodness! Love this use of leftovers!
  9. Posted by Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen on
    Sunday, November 18th, 2012
    Looks fabulous! What a great way to use the leftovers!!
  10. Posted by Alyssa Queen on
    Sunday, November 18th, 2012
    *drool* I do believe all of my dreams have been realized - a LIGHT version of my favorite, shepherds pie AND a way to use up my Thanksgiving leftovers?? Week has been made. Thanks so much for sharing!!
  11. Posted by Kathryn on
    Sunday, November 18th, 2012
    This is a brilliant idea! I'm so going to do it after we have our turkey t Christmas!
  12. Posted by Conni on
    Sunday, November 18th, 2012
    What a great recipe, and I love the little crock you baked it in :)
  13. Posted by Dara Reppucci on
    Sunday, November 18th, 2012
    These look adorable and delicious! Great recipe.
  14. Posted by Tutti Dolci on
    Sunday, November 18th, 2012
    I love your little ramekins, too cute!
  15. Posted by Ashley on
    Sunday, November 18th, 2012
    Mmmm this looks fab! I might laze it up and try it with roasted chicken.
  16. Posted by kimchi_mom on
    Sunday, November 18th, 2012
    So simple I love it! Great photos!
  17. Posted by Sheila Lais on
    Sunday, November 18th, 2012
    Shepherd's pie is so delicious. Thanks for sharing!
  18. Posted by Laura Hunter on
    Monday, November 19th, 2012
    Oh this is a great idea to do with leftovers. We love Shepherd's pie so this would do well in my family.
  19. Posted by diabeticFoodie on
    Monday, November 19th, 2012
    Thanks for lightening up shepherd's pie!
  20. Posted by Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection on
    Monday, November 19th, 2012
    What a great idea for using up leftovers! Not that many family usually has many, but I love coming up with new recipes instead of just having leftover turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, boring! Great idea and even better than it's lightened up. :)
  21. Posted by Sarah Lee on
    Monday, November 19th, 2012
    Beautiful dish and great photos. I think it's safe to say all of us bloggers are pretty sick of Turkey already and it's not even Thanksgiving yet. lol
  22. Posted by Jessica Trimble on
    Monday, November 19th, 2012
    Oooh, definitely bookmarking this recipe! Sounds delicious!
  23. Posted by Webicurean on
    Monday, November 19th, 2012
    This sounds awesome!
  24. Posted by Cupcakes&KaleChips on
    Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
    Perfect way to use up lots of leftovers in one dish!
  25. Posted by Donna on
    Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
    Super recipe...used celery root for reduced glycemic/insulin spiking and great flavor marriage with the turkey!...Thanks for the incredible dinner idea!
  26. Posted by Faye Leong on
    Saturday, November 24th, 2012
    Another wonderful Shepard Pie! Bookmarked!
  27. Posted by Savory Simple on
    Monday, November 26th, 2012
    Unfortunately we didn't have turkey leftovers this year (my uncle made jerk spiced grilled turkey and it was INSANELY good). I will have to try this with chicken!
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