Monday, November 14, 2011

Recipe: Simple Shepherd's Pie

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week?! No. Really. I can't handle it. What is it about getting older and the time just flies by?! I don't like it. Can I go back to being 13 years old and feeling like it was going to take FOREVER for me to turn 16 and being able to drive? They aren't joking when they say make the most of every day you have and to not wish your time away.

Speaking of time and age, my cockapoo, King Leviathian aka Levi, will be 6 years old this February. That can't be right. I swear I just brought him home. Him and his little white freckle on his head and his little green elephant (that he promptly destroyed). 

He and Lily had to go to the vet today. Lily for GI issues and Levi has a lump that I am concerned about. They are sending the cells off for testing and they may have to do a, please keep my baby in your thoughts and prayers...

This weekend was insomnia weekend. I stayed up until 6am on Saturday night. Why, you ask? Because it's fun of course. Or, maybe because I am incapable of sleeping? Either, or. The funny thing is, I should be going to bed right now because I have to be up at 5am...but, nope. Instead I am studying/taking a study break.

My cousin, Megan, from Meggs & Ham stayed with me this weekend. She gave me the inspiration for this Shepard's Pie recipe. This was a recipe that DH was very excited about. I mean, it is meat and potatoes and apparently that doesn't happen very often around here.

-~1 lb Ground Turkey (All we had was Ground Chicken)
-2 Russet Potatoes
-1 Package Frozen Mixed Vegetables (Ours had peas, carrots, corn, green beans)
-1 Medium Onion
-1 to 2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
-1/3 Milk (We used Almond Milk)

-Preheat oven to 400F
-Begin browning the meat
-Add onions to the meat to saute/brown together
-Add the tomato paste to the onion and meat mixture
-Add the package of frozen vegetables
-Cook until the meat is browned and vegetables are almost done

**You can do this next section in this sequence or you can start this at the same time:
-Peel, chop and boil the potatoes until soft
-Drain water from potatoes
-Add about 1/3 (almond) milk to boiled potatoes and mash together
-Put the meat/vegetable mixture into a greased baking dish
-Layer the mashed potatoes on top

-Sprinkle the top with cheese, if you desire

-Bake for ~20 minutes

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