Finding Calm

When I find myself dealing with stressful situations, which of course we all know rarely happens around my house…. but when they do… and I need to relax, calm, or center myself from what is outside my control, I have a wide variety of things I enjoy doing that work well for me.

I love spending time in church or our Adoration Chapel. I love to go for long walks and do so almost everyday. I find reading or going out to a movie very relaxing. And one of my main go to activities that helps me relax is cooking. This past week, was a bit unsettling, and I spent a good deal of time cooking a variety of meals. Here is one of my family’s favorite comfort foods that is healthy and easy to make.

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie. Yum!!!


Several large sweet potatoes (depending on how much you want to make)

Several Red Skin or Yukon Gold potatoes (I used Red Skin this time, again depending on how much you want to make)

1/4 (ish) cup fat-free milk or fat-free half and half (I used the half and half)

Salt & Pepper to taste (I used no salt seasoning and pepper)

Olive Oil

Fresh onion and fresh garlic chopped

A couple fresh carrots diced or chopped (I had baby carrots so I just chopped them up)

Ground meat (I used ground turkey)

Fresh thyme chopped (I like fresh thyme so I use a lot. If you don’t like it you can use rosemary, or any other herb you love, or skip this step…there is on right or wrong in cooking, it’s whatever makes you happy…)

2-3 tablespoons flour

1 1/4 (ish) cups of chicken or beef stock or broth (even though I used ground turkey, I used reduced sodium beef broth because I like the richness it gives to the dish. Makes it taste like you used beef instead of turkey..)

1/4 (ish) cup tomato paste

Peel sweet potato’s and cut into cubes. I washed the red potatoes and cubed them with skins on because I need all the fiber I can get, but you can peel them if you have a mind too. Put sweet potato’s and red or Yukon potato’s in a pan of water, bring to boil, and cook until potatoes are fork tender.


Chop onion and garlic


Chop or dice carrots


Brown onion, garlic and carrots in olive oil then remove from pan and set aside.


Brown the ground meat then add carrots, onion, garlic back into the pan. Add salt and pepper to taste, then add in flour and stir to ensure flour gets completely mixed into the meat mixture.


Dice fresh thyme and add to meat mixture


Add beef or chicken broth or stock


Add tomato paste


Bring the meat mixture with the tomato paste, beef or chicken stock/broth and thyme to a boil, then reduce to simmer until mixture begins to thicken.


Spray an oven proof dish with cooking spray then add the meat mixture in the bottom of the dish. Mash the potatoes using the fat-free milk or fat-free half and half, then spread the potatoes over the meat mixture.


You can run a fork over the top just to create a little design, or not…


Bake in 350 degree oven until everything is heated through. I forgot to get a photo of this dish when it came out of the oven, or when I served it, but just know it was beautiful and is the perfect comfort food…it’s the good without all the bad… 🙂


Cooks Note: You can add cheese on top about half way through the heating process but keep in mind the more cheese you add the more fat you are adding too… If I add cheese, I use reduced fat cheese.

Stay Tuned!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    Jan 12, 2014 @ 00:06:08

    You have now made me so so hungry!!!! Thinking of you…Love you! More!


  2. katsbynp
    Jan 12, 2014 @ 01:36:18

    Yum! That looks delicious. It also is a dish for a certain picky 3 year old I know. I will definitely be trying this recipe soon. Thanks for sharing


    • beyondcinderella
      Jan 12, 2014 @ 13:06:51

      I hope you and your “certain picky 3 year old” enjoy this dish as much as we do. You can use all sweet potatoes if you like and change the carrots to peas, corn, or whatever you and yours lie… it’s all good!!!


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