Friday, November 16, 2007

Recipe: Shepherd's Pie

I have been debating whether or not to post this today, as I have been posting so many recipes with ground turkey. However, we just made this last night so I wanted to post it while it is still fresh in my head! This is my family's favorite meal, so I hope your family enjoys it as well! I just wish I had gotten a photo of Mara eating this dish-she inhales it, and it shows!

I have been playing around with this recipe for quite some time, and I think I have finally gotten it right! The mashed potatoes recipe is from "The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook"- the only thing I changed is the type of potato-I use sweet potatoes instead of baking potatoes.

I usually double the recipe in order to freeze some for a quick meal later on. The recipe below usually just feeds my small family of four, so you may want to double it if feeding more then that. I really don't add exact measurements, so feel free to play around with it as well! I found that you really cannot go wrong.

*If you can have onions, I would also suggest adding in a small, diced onion to your ground turkey.


Mashed potatoes:

  • 3 large sweet potatoes, chopped (we do not peel ours, but peel if you prefer)
  • 3/4 cup hemp milk (or any other acceptable milk)
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2-1 tsp salt
  • 4 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2-3 carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1 cup of frozen mixed veggies (feel free to add more fresh vegetables-adding the frozen just helps cut down on the chopping time!)
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 -1 1/2 pounds of ground turkey (again, any ground meat will do!)
  • 1- 1 1/2 cups of hot water (I usually save the water I cooked the sweet potatoes in to use for this)
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp red wine (I have been using sherry)
  • 2-4 tbsp gluten-free ketchup
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 bay leaf

Chop up sweet potatoes and place in pot. Add enough water to completely cover them, and boil until potatoes are really soft. While the potatoes are boiling, chop up carrots, celery, and broccoli and set aside.
Using large, deep skillet, brown turkey in olive oil. Add carrots, celery and broccoli and sauté for a few minutes. Add frozen vegetables and water.
Add the salt, red wine vinegar, and red wine. Add the ketchup, and stir until completely mixed up.
Pour into a baking dish. Add the 3 cloves, and bay leaf

Time to make the potatoes. Place all ingredients into mixing bowl and mix until potatoes are nice and creamy. Spread potatoes on top of meat mixture.

Bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees, until the potatoes are nice and brown on top. Enjoy!

* When feeding your children, always look for the cloves and bay leaf on their plate before they eat it!


InspiredMumof2 said...

Thats a healthy dish! Nows the time to make use of my pie oven dish that I bought from Ikea. I had never baked a pie before :-), will give it a try for tomorrow's dinner.