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Shepherds Pie Sundae

| Another Jen Van B. Creation |

Serves – 6 – 8 Individual Sundae’s 

Minced Meat

  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground bison and lean ground turkey (Half of each)
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 2 Cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 tbsp of Tamari
  • 1 tbsp of fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp of basil
  • 1 tbsp of cayenne pepper or chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp of your favorite hot sauce (if you like it spicy)


Sauté onion and garlic for 2 minutes until brown. Add meat and spices and sauté until meat is no longer pink.

Sweet Potato Topping 

  • 3 – 4 medium sized sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup of organic Greek yogurt
  • 2-3 fresh chopped green onions
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste


Bake potatoes in oven until soft (mash potato like). Let cool, cut and scoop out meat of potato, leaving the skin. Add Greek yogurt and mash or blend in food processor until smooth. Add sea salt and pepper for taste.

Ladle meat into sundae glasses and top with the sweet potato topping. Add a small dollop of Greek yogurt and sprinkle fresh green onions on top.

I love to serve this savory dish with a beautiful side of greens like my:

Organic Steamed Asparagus


Steam a bunch of organic, locally grown asparagus until bright green. I still like a little crunch!

Drizzle with 1-2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and 1-2 tbsp of gourmet balsamic vinegar (add just a little sea salt and fresh ground black pepper).

Health & Nutrition Tips

Lean Ground Bison and Turkey are the perfect combination of flavors. They are packed with protein and MUCH leaner than ground beef. A great substitute for ground beef or pork any day.

I mentioned the amazing health benefits of sweet potato in my last dish – they are an amazing alternative to white potatoes, as they are a slow digesting carb with lots of fiber. Organic plain Greek yogurt is the perfect ingredient to add for a creamy rich texture and a good substitute for cheese and cream. It’s more nutritious and lower in sugar than the ‘low-fat’ stuff, which is usually high in chemicals, hormones, and sugar anyways. Greek Yogurt is a perfect balance of fat and protein and it compliments the taste of the sweet potatoes incredibly.

Get in your greens with delicious Asparagus. Asparagus has many anti-inflammatory phytonutrients that include vitamin C, beta-carotene, and minerals like zinc, manganese and selenium. Asparagus is also known for it’s ability to aid digestion, thanks to its rich source of prebiotics, which help to stimulate the growth of good bacteria in the intestines. Good bacteria helps to improve nutrient absorption, which lowers the risk of cancer and allergies.

Enjoy this healthy spin on Shepherds Pie in a unique fun way like a sundae! Remember we eat with our eyes first! 🙂


Jenny Van Barneveld is one of the fastest rising fitness models and personalities in the industry, having appeared in numerous fitness magazines, including Inside FitnessBetter BodiesPlanet Muscle and UMM. She is a certified personal trainer and is set to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, graduating from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition this year. Jenny is also passionate about food. Merging her passions for fitness and food together, she is focused on pairing fit living with fabulous food creations. Jenny will be sharing many of her amazing recipes here on Strong Athlete. We will also keep you posted on the upcoming launch of Jenny’s own website.

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