Beef and Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie

Beef and Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie

A warm and healthy Beef and Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie loaded with so many beautiful flavors….where do I start? The beautiful beefy filling? The crispy Parmesan cheesy top? Or the creamy layers of pumpkin?

This recipe has been handed down to me by my one and only mother. I may only ever change a couple things, but really, this is perfection.

The beef mixture inside this Beef and Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie is like beast mode a la Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Terminator of Shepherd’s Pie…or Cottage Pie. Whichever one rocks your socks. So much happening it may not be like your normal average Shepherd’s Pie, but since when are we normal anyway?

One slice of this mountain of glory and you’ll be so full and fulfilled in every way possible, you won’t want a nothing else after it.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg | 2lbs butternut or kent pumpkin , washed, peeled seeded and cubed (I usually use 1/2 a kent pumpkin)
  • 3 large potatoes , washed, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons reduced fat butter/spread of choice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion , chopped
  • 2 medium carrots , peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 red capsicum/bell pepper , seeded and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced (or 3 teaspoons minced garlic)
  • 500 g | 1lbs ground/mince extra lean beef
  • 2 ripe tomatoes , diced
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • salt to season
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable stock (I use Vegeta)
  • 2 tablespoons gravy powder , whisked in 1/4 cup boiling water (until free of lumps): or you can substitute the gravy
  • powder with cornflour/corn starch.
  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves , washed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200C | 400F. Combine pumpkin and potatoes with just enough water to cover them, in a large saucepan/pot over medium heat, and boil until tender. Alternatively, microwave or steam them until soft. Drain well, add the butter/spread and mash until smooth and creamy. Season with salt to suit your tastes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a separate large pan over medium – high heat. Add onion, carrots and capsicum, and cook stirring for about 5 – 10 minutes, or until onions become transparent. Add the garlic and cook stirring again, for about 2 minutes. Add beef and fry until meat is browned on all sides (break up all lumps with your wooden spoon). Add the tomatoes, cover pot with lid, reduce heat and simmer until tomatoes soften. When tomatoes are soft, add the peas, salt and vegetable stock powder, and simmer again covered with lid for about 10 minutes, or until all vegetables are soft and cooked through. Add gravy powder or cornflour/corn starch mixture. Cook stirring to combine all ingredients together until a sauce forms, reduces and thickens. Stir the spinach and parsley through, and take off heat.
  3. Evenly spread half the pumpkin/potato mash into a large oven proof baking dish. Spoon the beef mixture over the top, and spread remaining pumpkin mash over the top of the beef.
  4. Sprinkle evenly with parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake until the top of the pie turns a golden brown and sauce is bubbling underneath (about 20 minutes).
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Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables

This roast vegetables formula uses the simplest of fall vegetables; creamy sweet butternut squash, tender yukon potatoes, juicy zucchini, the sweetest carrots and crisp bell peppers. Mixture the veggies works as a result of the more durable veggies square measure roast ten minutes longer than everything else. You’ll be able to additionally modification up the veggies.

The flavor combination is lovely and the sprinkle of cheese at the end, even lovelier! Roasted vegetables would make a stunning and vibrant Thanksgiving side dish.My Mama-in-law shared this recipe with us last week and we’ve made it several times already. It’s pretty simple to make but takes a sometime to chop everything up.

Make Ahead Tip: You can chop all of your veggies a day in advance and refrigerate in ziploc bags overnight. Just be sure to keep your potatoes refrigerated in a bowl of cold water so they don’t change color.

If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers: It reheats really well on a pan for lunch the next day and you can puree it to make baby food.

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Ingredients
6 medium yellow potatoes, unpeeled and sliced into 3/4″ to 1″ thick pieces
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and sliced into 3/4″ – 1″ thick pieces *see tips below
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2″ thick rounds
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 large or 2 medium zucchini, sliced into 3/4″ thick rounds
2 red, yellow or orange bell peppers, cut into 1″ pieces
1.5 Tbsp garlic salt, or to taste
Freshly grated black pepper, to taste
Extra light olive oil, or avocado oil, or vegetable oil
1/2 cup shredded parmesan or mozzarella cheese
Instructions
1. Start with the vegetables that take longer to bake: place potatoes, butternut squash, carrots and 1/2 of chopped garlic into a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with 2 Tbsp olive oil and sprinkle with black pepper and 1 Tbsp garlic salt, or to taste. Stir to coat the veggies evenly. Divide this mixture into your two prepared baking pans and roast uncovered at 450˚F for 10 minutes.2. In the same mixing bowl, combine remaining veggies: zucchini, bell pepper, remaining chopped garlic, 1 Tbsp olive oil, black pepper and 1/2 Tbsp garlic salt, or to taste and stir well to combine. Remove roasting pans from the oven and quickly place the mixed vegetables evenly over the top. Return to the oven and roast an additional 20-25 minutes or until potatoes and squash are tender and easily pierced with a fork.
3. Sprinkle the top with shredded cheese and place under the broiler for 1-2 min or until cheese melts.

 

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Sesame Beef Stir Fry

Sesame Beef Stir Fry

this easy sesame beef stir fry is incredibly flavorful and easy! serve with authentic ramen noodles, over rice, or in a lettuce cup for a lower carb version!
Chinese takeout is something we all love right? Sesame Beef Stir Fry is a guilty pleasure and takes so little time to arrive to your door! however what if I told you that you simply may build one thing as as tasty, in precisely concerning constant quantity of time… and YOU get to manage the ingredients? Sounds superb right?

In many ways, yes! The tender crisp vegetables really retain additional nutrients by preparation quickly during a pan or pan than they might if they were stewed. This specific fry uses 2 totally different children of oils, however in comparatively tiny amounts, that is far healthier than preparation during a great amount of oil (like most takeout Chinese restaurants do – a minimum of in my area).


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Ingredients:

BEEF MARINADE
2 tsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
2 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
1/2 tsp Chinese 5 spice
1/4 tsp black pepper

STIR FRY

1 lb flank steak, thinly sliced
1 cup snow peas, sliced in half across
1/2 cup sliced carrots
8 green onions, sliced
1/4 cup beef broth
2 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
1-2 Tbsp honey or light brown sugar
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 Tbsp minced garlic
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp vegetable oil (for cooking)

Instructions:

1. Combine marinade ingredients in bowl and add flank steak. Set aside 15 minutes.

2. Heat 1 Tbsp vegetable oil in large skillet over MED HIGH heat. Remove excess marinade from steak and cook in a single layer, for 2-3 minutes, stirring to cook both sides. Depending on the size of your pan, you may need to do this in batches. Remove steak to plate.

3. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp vegetable oil, then add peas, carrots and green onion and cook stirring often, 2-3 minutes.

4. Whisk together broth, soy sauce, honey/brown sugar, rice vinegar, garlic, sesame oil, fresh ginger, cornstarch, and red pepper flakes. Add steak and sauce to skillet, stirring to combine. Sauce will thicken.

5. Stir in cooked ramen noodles if using, and serve!

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CABBAGE WITH CHICKEN

CABBAGE WITH CHICKEN

This succulent Cabbage and Chicken is hearty, filling, and then delicious. Simply number of ingredients and regarding quarter-hour of active cookery time frame this superb dinner. This is often my #1 Best Recipes yet!

This recipe has never failed me.. It gets from my family and friends on every occasion I create it! This sauté Cabbage with Chicken is therefore saporous, filling, and healthy that I cannot say enough treats regarding it. It’s a requirement try to I hope you won’t skip this direction. CABBAGE WITH CHICKEN

Sautéed cabbage could be a frequent ingredient in Ukrainian preparation, with recent cabbage used once it’s in season and preserved cabbage throughout the winter and spring. We tend to (the Ukrainians) typically cook this dish with bacon, ribs, and pork. I additionally cook feeder cabbage very often. A few of years ago, I made a decision to undertake it with cabbage with chicken and it exceeded all my expectations. Since then, I actually have regular requests for this dish from my husband, however to be honest with you – I like it over anybody! It’s far and away my favorite dish within the world and that i will eat it on a daily basis with a giant spoon right out of the cookery pot.

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Ingredients:

3 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 lb boneless chicken thighs, cut into small pieces
1 medium cabbage
2 medium carrots (shredded)
1 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 cup chicken stock
salt, pepper
1 tbsp. hot sauce optional
chopped fresh parsley to garnish

Instructions

1.Warm up a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and chicken. Fry for 5-7 minutes or until browned.

2.Meanwhile, slice the cabbage into thin strips, just like you would for coleslaw.

3.Add the paprika and tomato paste to the chicken. Stir, and then sauté for another five minutes.

4.Add the cabbage and cook for five more minutes.

5.Add the shredded carrots, chicken stock, salt, and pepper. Stir everything together. Cook without the lid, stirring occasionally, for about 40 minutes, until there is no liquid remaining.

6.Add 1 tablespoon of hot sauce, if desired. Garnish with fresh parsley.


 

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LITHUANIAN VEGETABLE SALAD (DARZOVIU MISRAINE)

LITHUANIAN VEGETABLE SALAD (DARZOVIU MISRAINE)

 

Lithuanian vegetable dish is incredibly like a salad. It’s one amongst the simplest salad’s of its kind, we’ve had. it’s known as darzoviu misraine the manner we tend to created it or it’s referred to as balta misraine if you are doing not embody the beets. You’ll add or calculate vegetables consistent with your style, however, the 2 ingredients that have to be enclosed ar cream and salt.

This Lithuanian vegetable salad dish is often served at temperature or cold aboard any range of main dishes. We tend to enjoyed it with kugela and cabbage rolls as a part of our Lithuanian feast. Enjoy!


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INGREDIENTS

2 medium potatoes, cooked, peeled and diced, about 2 cups
1 medium beet, roasted, peeled and diced, about ½ cup
1 carrots, peeled, cooked and diced, about ½ cup
½ cup peas, cooked
1 small onion, chopped
1 small pickle, finely chopped
1 hard-boiled egg, chopped
1⁄4 cup minced fresh dill
½ cup sour cream
½ teaspoon salt
fresh ground black pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Cook the vegetables first, the potatoes, beets,carrots and peas but make sure to just cook until tender, you don’t want to overcook any of them.
2. Once cool enough to handle, chop the potato, carrots and beets into bite size pieces.
3. All vegetables should be at room temperature when you start mixing them together.
4. Place vegetables, egg and pickle in a large bowl.
5. Sprinkle half the salt and half the dill on the vegetables.
6. Add some freshly ground pepper.
7. Add half the sour cream and stir carefully, taking care not to mash the vegetables.
8. Repeat with remaining salt, pepper, and sour cream.
9. Serve cold or at room temperature.

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