Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Healthy, yet Super Yummy, Shepherd's Pie Recipe!

Did you grow up on 
Shepherd's Pie?
We actually called it hamburger pie in our house.

I remember as a kid,
we had to eat what my mom served for dinner.
I hated the meat portion of hamburger pie.
I would only scoop out the mashed potatoes
onto my plate.
I didn't even want the juices of the meat sauce
to be touching my potatoes. 
That would totally taint them.


Luckily as I got older,
my tastes changed.
Amazingly, my kids have never had issues 
with hamburger pie and this is a favorite in our house.

My moms recipe was made with 
hamburger, canned tomato soup and french cut green beans.
When I started the Dukan Diet,
I wanted to change up the recipe so that I 
could eat it as well.
My family actually prefers the new recipe.

(Insert super duper ecstatic mama right here!!)

This is a very easy recipe,
kind of a throw together!

Shepherd's Pie Recipe
1 lb. ground turkey, cooked and crumbled
garlic salt to taste
1 28 oz can tomato puree or crushed tomatoes
(or 14 oz can of each)
1 14 oz can of french cut green beans
1 TBS McCormick's Pinch Perfect Italian Salt Free Seasoning
(if you can not find this, it is combination
of marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, oregano, and basil)

Brown the turkey, add garlic salt to taste while cooking.
When fully cooked, add green beans, tomato, and seasoning.
Mix well, cook until warm.

Serve topped with mashed potatoes,
or eat alone. I leave off the potatoes and love it a ton.

Mashed Potatoes-
(If you have a recipe you love, go for it...
this has no measurements,
we just keep adding things til we get the right flavor)

I use red potatoes, quarter or smaller
(I love red potatoes because I don't peel them,
I just mash the peels right in and my kids love it.
Adds extra fiber)
butter
cream cheese
milk
garlic salt
pepper

Boil the potatoes until fork tender. 
Because I cut them pretty small, they usually 
cook in about 25 minutes.
Drain.
I used about 15 small red potatoes,
1 cube of butter,
8 oz cream cheese,
Milk (I add about 2 TBS at a time so it doesn't get too thin,
my family likes their potatoes chunky)
and garlic salt and pepper to taste.

I actually double this recipe.
I have a large family and we also love this as leftovers.


Here are my cubed potatoes getting ready to be potatoes.



Because I double this recipe, I use one 28 oz can of 
crushed tomatoes and one of tomato puree.
I really like the combination of both!


People ask me if they can substitute 
fresh green beans instead of canned.
Absolutely,
but I use canned because the french style 
kind of melts into the sauce
and my kids are totally willing to eat them.
But do what you prefer.


This is the seasoning.
It is great.
I am sure there other Italian seasonings
that would work great as well.


 I love any recipe that I can make in one pan.
I just use my big wok/extra large fry pan
cook my meat and then add the rest. 
Seriously easy! 




My mom would always put the potatoes
in a ring around the outside of an oval pan.
Then she would fill the inside with the meat.
She would then bake it at 350 degrees
for about 20-25 minutes.
When I was a newlywed,
we even topped the potatoes with 
shredded cheese before we would bake them.
That did bad things to our waistlines.
Now, I leave them separate.
(I can't believe I am showing you my messy
stovetop and counter ;) )
My family can then take the ratio
of potatoes to meat that they would like.



I hope you enjoy this 
super yummy
easy to make dinner!





i will
i am strong
i can take time for me, that is okay
i am beautiful, inside and out
i CAN find time to eat a healthy balanced diet
i am not less of a person if my house is messy
i can do anything i put my mind to







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