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You do remember we have a love of sweet potatoes right?

We also have a love for checking out other people’s blogs and websites for recipes that we can easily attempt in our kitchen. Recipes that aren’t complicated, won’t leave us feeling frustrated and give us the flexibility to change it up enough to satisfy our taste buds…

Because if WE can make it = YOU can totally make it.

We’re not chefs. We don’t spend hours at the farmer’s market or grocery store looking longingly at all the possibilities and conjure up the next great meal. We look around online, find something that we both want to try, buy the ingredients and go for it.

As a kid growing up (Tara), I often ate a dish called “Dana’s dish”. Dana is my mother’s name and the dish was basically a replication of the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Shepard’s pie. The fact that my mother called it “Dana’s Dish” made it that much more special. I didn’t even know there was another version of Dana’s Dish until I was an adult…Yes, I might be that gullible. Point being, whether you call it Dana’s Dish or Shepard’s pie, it is delicious and a great recipe to have on hand.

We came across this Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie (Dana’s Dish) over at MealsAndMoves blog. Funny story that goes a long with finding this recipe: At the same time Meegan was looking over this recipe, I was reading MaM’s blog post about using someone else’s recipe and photos as your own (with a link back to the exact recipe Meegan was looking at).

It’s a lot to ponder (using another person’s photos). As of yet, we’ve always referred back to where we found a recipe and the photos are uniquely ours. We will always try to give credit where it’s due. We take the time to not take sucky photos so recipes are that much easier to follow. We hope all of our readers (all 12 of you) will do the same. We highly encourage you re-post any recipe here with your own photos and/or ingredient changes so we can see the variations of what we’re all making/creating/eating/devouring…

Here we go!

Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie

The ingredients:

  • 3 Large Sweet Potatoes (peeled, cubed, cooked and mashed)
  • 2 lbs Ground Beef (cooked and drained)
  • 2 Carrots (peeled and diced)
  • 1 Onion (peeled and diced)
  • 2 Small Peppers (diced)
  • Asparagus (about 10 stalks – diced)
  • Lots of Garlic (we used 8 large cloves)
  • 1 lb Fresh Green Beans
  • 1 can  Diced Tomatoes (28 oz drained)
  • 1 can Tomato Paste (6 oz)
  • Parmesan Cheese (for topping)
  • Milk (enough to mash sweet potatoes)

Preheat oven to 375F.



Peel and cube sweet potatoes just like you would as if making mash potatoes. Put them in large pot, fill with water and boil until cooked tender. Once tender, drain and mash (using a little bit of milk as you would with regular potatoes).


Cook and drain ground beef (use a little fat from beef to cook veggies). Add diced carrots, onion, asparagus, peppers and garlic to pan and cook until tender. Add diced tomatoes (remember to drain first) and tomato paste, mix well and continue to cook until hot and tasty!



In a glass baking dish (9×13) layer in the following manner:

Saucy Meaty Veggie Goodness

(Yes, that is the technical term)

Green Beans!

Sweet Potato and Parmesan Cheese

(we forgot to take a picture in between the sweet potato and parmesan cheese)

Once everything is layered and ready to go, cover with foil and place into oven at 375F for approximately 30 – 40 minutes. For the last few minutes you can remove the foil and turn the oven to broil to get that crispy cheesy goodness if you desire!

This is another recipe that presents a lot of opportunity to change things up to whatever your eating choices may be. Change the vegetable combination. Change the type of meat. Leave out the tomato paste, make homemade tomato sauce and go paleo. No matter how you change it (or don’t change it) we can pretty much guarantee that this is gonna be a delicious.

~ Now that’s good eatin’ folks!