It blends in well with my flowers. My lovely afternoon snack. Green Monster: spinach, banana, almond milk, flax, wheat germ, peanut butter, and ice. This was very smooth, cold, and easy to consume considering that I can barely open my mouth at the moment. Boy my husband will be excited that I can’t talk, yell, fuss at him for once 🙂
We managed to get out of the house for a short time period this afternoon. This is mainly due to the fact that I had to go pick up the little one from school. I stopped by and picked up the plates I had my eye on!
Aren’t they so cute! I love cute, different dishes. I need to collect some more to make my photos a little more interesting!
Look at those little baby potatoes! I love sweet potatoes. They are pretty much like me and kale, or me and oats. I will eat them any way you cook them. One of the comforts of fall. The first thought was to mash them as a side dish with more soup. Blah! I need soft foods but I do not want to burn myself out on them too quickly. I have already had soup twice! As I was sitting here contemplating what I wanted to do with those potatoes for dinner something occured to me. “What can I do with mashed potatoes?”, I asked myself. How about a dish from Scottland that I grew up on! It is comfort food, yummy, and much healthier than the childhood version. So tonight’s dinner is……
None other than Shepard’s Pie 🙂
- chopped onion
- minced garlic
- olive oil
- 2 stalks of celery, diced
- 2 carrots, diced
- 1 lb. ground turkey (lentils, beans)
- 1 cup peas (fresh or frozen)
- 1 tbs. oregano
- 1 cups of stock (chicken or veggie)
- 2 tbs. tomato paste
- 1 tbs. corn starch
- 1 lb sweet potatoes
- cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne
- 1 tbs. earth balance
- Peel & dice sweet potatoes, cover with water, and boil until tender.
- Saute your onion, garlic, carrot, and celery in olive oil. Add the ground turkey, and oregano. Cook until no longer pink. Add the peas.
- Mix your broth, tomato paste, and corn starch in a bowl until corn starch disolves. Pour into the meat/veggie mixture. Cook until thickened.
- Drain sweet potatoes and mash with a masher. Add sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, a pinch of cayenne, earth balance, and buttermilk. Mix until smooth.
- Pour meat/veggie in a casserole dish. Place a layer of spinach leaves over the mixture. Top it with the sweet potatoes.
- Bake in the oven at 400 for 30 minutes.
Did you know that this “pie” has a few different names? AKA: Cottage Pie, Cowboy Pie, and if seafood is used Fish Pie. You can also substitute lentils or beans to make a vegetarian dish. That is today’s history lesson folks!
Now you may ask yourself what to do with the remaining tomato paste if you only use 2 tbs. Do you throw it away? Heck No!! Try my little trick…. place wax paper on a pan and drop the tomato paste on top by spoonfuls. Place in the freezer and freeze them. Once they are frozen you can place them in a ziplock bag, you now have individual portions of tomato paste!
On to dessert!! I know I will want something to “munch” on later since we ate dinner early. I made some “Almond Joy” protein balls. I needed something soft and delish! I will enjoy a couple of these with some banana “ice cream”:)
I think I may even throw in a chunck of frozen avocado for some healthy fats! My mouth is “killing” me so I am going to catch up on everyone’s posts for the day. I can see some nighttime tylenol coming soon 😦