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Shepherd’s Pie in a Jar!
February 1, 2017 | Home >Healthy Kids > Best Recipes >Shepherd’s Pie in a Jar!

Shepherd’s Pie in a Jar!

An easy grab-and-go lunch that isn’t a salad: shepherd’s pie in a jar! Made with ground turkey and plenty of veggies, you can feel good about this feel-good lunch. 

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Mason jar meals are so much fun! Not only are the jars pretty, but they’re leak-proof! And I can’t always say that about plastic food containers I’ve used in the past…

But, most of the meal-in-a-jar ideas I’ve seen are salads. Don’t get me wrong, I do love salad! But sometimes you want something a little more substantial, a little more filling. Shepherd’s pie is the perfect solution!

I made this on a day I picked my husband up from work to run some errands. It worked perfectly to eat on the go! Plus, he loved it. “Can this go on the regular rotation?” he asked. This doesn’t happen often, so it’s the sign of a truly husband-approved recipe. Golden.

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How to make shepherd’s pie in a jar

Start off by getting your mashed potatoes going. This can be done using your own method, if preferred, but here’s how I did it.

I used small yellow potatoes and kept the skins on because we like them (and nutrients!), but you can peel them if you like. Chop them into inch-sized squares and cook them in boiling water for 15-20 minutes, or until a fork easily pierces them. You want them pretty soft, but not completely mush before you even mash them. Drain when finished cooking.

Meanwhile, dice half an onion into small pieces, mince 3 cloves of garlic, and grate two or three carrots.

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In a large pan over medium-high heat, add a tablespoon of oil (I used vegetable) and saute onions for 2-3 minutes. Add carrots and garlic and saute for another 1-2 minutes. Next, add ground turkey and sliced mushrooms (I bought mine pre-sliced) and stir, breaking up turkey as you go until it’s fully browned. Sprinkle on 2 tablespoons of flower, plus a tablespoon of fresh thyme and rosemary and mix well.

Finally, add 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, a cup of frozen peas, 1/2 cup of beef broth, and two tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened just a bit.

TIP: if you have extra tomato paste, scoop it onto a parchment paper-lined plate in tablespoon-sized heaps. Freeze for a day, then transfer to a ziplock bag. Now you’re set for the next recipe that calls for only a little bit of tomato paste!

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Now, back to the mashed potatoes. Add 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup sour cream and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Mash with a potato masher or use a handheld mixer for just a minute to whip them up.

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Lunch in a jar

Now is the fun part! Carefully scoop the turkey and veggie mixture evenly into four pint-sized jars. I used maybe 1 1/4 cups per jar. Now layer on 1/2 cup or so of mashed potatoes. Top with a pinch of cheddar cheese, if desired. I decided it doesn’t even need cheese because it tastes great even without it!

Pint-sized jars work well for a hungry adult (very filling!), but you can also use half-pint sized jars for kids or if you have a smaller appetite.

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After eating these, I’ve decided that it might be a good idea to add half of the mashed potatoes to the bottom of the jar. This way, you have a more evenly distributed potato-to-filling ratio. But even if the potatoes are all on top, just stir it all up a bit and it works great!

Make these ahead for nearly a week of lunches! They can be reheated without a lid in either a microwave for 1-2 minutes. The great thing about using a jar is that they can also be heated in the oven, if that’s your preference. About 20 minutes at 400* F works nicely, just make sure to place them on top of  a baking sheet so they don’t fall over!

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Shepherd’s Pie in a Jar!

Shepherd’s Pie in a Jar!
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium – onion
  • 3 medium – carrot
  • 3 clove – garlic
  • 2 1/2 cup, pieces or slices – mushrooms, white
  • 1 tablespoon – oil, vegetable
  • 1 pound – turkey, ground
  • 2 tablespoon – flour, all-purpose
  • 1 teaspoon – thyme, dried
  • 1 teaspoon – rosemary, dried
  • 1 cup – green peas, frozen
  • 1 tablespoon – tomato paste, canned
  • 1/2 cup – beef broth
  • 2 tablespoon – Worcestershire sauce
Mashed Potatoes:
  • 3 medium – Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 1/4 cup – milk
  • 1/4 cup – sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon – salt

Directions

  1. Chop potatoes into inch-sized pieces and boil them for 15-20 minutes, until easily pierced with a fork. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, dice onion into small pieces, grate carrots, mince garlic, and slice mushrooms.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add a tablespoon of oil. Saute onion for 2-3 minutes, then add carrots and garlic and saute 1-2 minutes more. Now add mushroom and ground turkey, mixing and breaking up turkey into small pieces until fully browned.
  4. Add flour and spices to the turkey mixture, mix well. Now add peas, tomato paste, beef broth, and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes, until slightly thickened.
  5. Now, return to the potatoes. Add 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup sour cream, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mash or mix until creamy.
  6. Fill four pint-sized jars equally with meat and veggie mixture. Top each with 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes. Garnish with cheese or fresh herbs, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 381 19%
  • Fat: 9 g 14%
  • Carb: 218197 g 72732%
  • Fiber: 6 g 24%
  • Protein: 34 g 68%
  • Sugar: 9 g
written by
Katrina Nelson

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Comments(5)
Aimee Morrow says:

How long do these last in the fridge? Can you freeze this recipe?

Hi Aimee – good questions. They should last 4 days or so in the fridge, though ours were gone before then 🙂 You can freeze it! Again, I haven’t tried it but I have frozen similar meals with great results, so I don’t see why not. Mason jars are great because they can be baked, nuked, and frozen!

Andrea says:

Can you please let me know ballpark the calories for this dish

Hi Andrea, I haven’t perfectly calculated the calories but the ballpark is about 450/serving when you split it into 4 jars. And they are really filling so you may not even need to eat a whole one. Hope that helps!!

Shell says:

Is your carb measurement accurate in the nutritional information?

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