Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie


I was originally meant to share my Shepherd's Pie recipe a few months ago. However, when I realised that I had purchased beef mince instead of lamb mince, I decided to make and share my Cottage Pie instead. So, this week, I finally got around to buying some lamb mince, so I could make and share my Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie recipe with you. 

This Shepherd's Pie will be a winner for dinner with your family and friends. It is fairly easy to prepare and you can also make up a batch and save it for lunch during the week. I made my sweet potato mash with Suncoast Gold Macadamia Milk, which made the mash taste absolutely amazing. However, you can use your preferred milk to make the mash. If you can make it with the Macadamia Milk, then I highly recommend you giving it a go.

I hope you enjoy my latest recipe.

Ness xo


Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

Serves 6-8


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

  • 1 kg lamb mince

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 2 celery stalks, chopped

  • 1 tin organic crushed tomatoes

  • 4 tablespoons tapioca flour

  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (see here for homemade recipe)

  • Salt and pepper, to season


  • 1.5 kilograms sweet potato, peeled and chopped into small chunks

  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or your preferred milk)

  • 2 tablespoons organic butter (coconut oil would also work)


Heat coconut oil in a large saucepan on medium heat. Add the onion, carrots and celery and cook for five minutes. Next add the lamb mince and cook until browned. Then, mix through the tapioca flour and season with salt and pepper. Finally, add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

To make the topping; add the sweet potato to a large saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Cook for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Remove from the heat and drain the water. Add the butter and almond milk and mash. (My preference is with a potato ricer as there is never any lumps). Season with salt.

While you are cooking the potatoes, pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees celcius.

Place the cooked lamb mixture in the bottom of one large baking dish. Then, top with the sweet potato mash and place in the oven for 15-20  minutes, or until the potato has just started to brown and the edges are bubbling.

Serve with a side salad. 


Vanessa Vickery (or Ness as she is also known) is a qualified nutritionist and a mother of two energetic toddlers. She created Becomingness, a health and wellness website, to help women achieve their health and wellness goals by providing accurate, accessible information, as well as offering valuable products and services that promote motivation, empowerment, self-belief and happiness. Come say hello and follow Ness on FacebookInstagramTwitter & Pinterest.


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