This meal is perfect to make on a weeknight. It is super easy to make and requires just a few flavorful ingredients. The most time consuming part is boiling the potatoes. Using box mix potatoes would make it ready in a flash, though I used some good old fashioned potatoes. The potatoes in this dish were like the icing on the cake. These mashed potatoes were mixed with butter and cheese, scooped on top with an ice-cream scoop and then broiled to create a nice brown look and flavor. Yes, potatoes, please, get in my belly.
I did use smart balance butter (less saturated than regular butter), sharp cheddar cheese, and unsweetened almond milk in the potatoes to make me feel better about eating this hearty comfort food.
A few months ago, my husband went out to eat with a friend and reported enjoying this dish called shepherd's pie at a restaurant downtown. I tucked that little knowledge nugget away in my mind and decided to make it for our Valentine's Day celebration dinner, along with some gooey dark chocolate brownies. I know, it's a little early to be celebrating, but I have to work Valentine's Day and the rest of the weekend. With 12 hour long night shifts, that means I will be MIA. No cooking those days.
Our little early celebration was a smashing success. Between bites of pie, he told me this was so much better than the shepherd's pie he previously thought was so good. He ate so much, his stomach bulged. Haha, mine did too, especially with a dark chocolate brownie for dessert! I just love being able to make the man I love, love coming home to a lovely dinner. That's a lot of love, but hey, its Valentine's!
Makes two large portions of a savory beef, vegetable, and gravy mixture that is topped with cheesy mashed potatoes. The ultimate comfort food.
2 large russet potatoes
⅓ cup milk
½ cup sharp cheddar cheese
1 tbsp butter
1 can, 14.5 oz, peas & carrots
1 can, 6.5 oz, mushrooms
½ pound ground beef
½ cup water
2 tbsp flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp Mrs. Dash seasoning
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
pepper to taste
Boil halved potatoes and start browning meat
Preheat oven to 375 F
When meat is no longer pink, add salt, Mrs. Dash seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir well.
Turn beef burner down to low and add flour, stir, then add water. Then add cans: drained mushrooms and drained peas & carrots.
When potatoes done, or easily able to be pierced with fork, removed from water and take skins off. Mash and mix in milk, cheese, butter, and pepper to taste.
Add meat and veggie mixture to casserole dish(es) then top with mashed potatoes
Bake at 375 F for 15 minutes. Serve. Will need more oven time if dish prepared ahead of time and refrigerated.
(optional) Broil for 2-3 minutes to brown top
I used two large individual serving sized casserole dishes and then used an ice-cream scoop to top meat with mashed potatoes. After baking, I broiled for a couple minutes to make the potatoes brown on top. Be careful broiling because it will burn in a skinny minute.
We had another snow day. An the WiFi was out. Look at all that snow. Our southern infrastructure just wasn’t prepared.
So that meant no hunting on the internet for a chili recipe.
I had beans and ground meat so the cabinet was raided for the rest.
I have made dozens of variations of chili, and this one turned out to be my favorite. It may be because I sneaked in an extra can of veggies (zucchini), or because I simply used many of my favorite spices including cocoa powder (shush, my husband doesn’t know yet) and kept tasting until perfection.
I served it with shredded cheese, sour cream, and bread made with greek yogurt. It was nice and spicy, but the sour cream cooled it down. The hubby gave his seal of approval.
And Kindo wistfully sniffed the air.
That pup is just so gosh darn precious, I can’t stand it.
My dad brought this recipe home from work one day. I honestly don’t know where it orignially came from, but it has been a family favorite for at least a decade now. It has a HUGE number of pros and very few cons. In fact, it is like green eggs and ham, there are no cons. Once you try it, you will love it. It can be made stove top or in a crock pot. It can be served with cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips or it can be eaten plain and still delicious. It is very easy to make, is filling, has protein and vegetables, serves a lot of people or can be frozen, and is most important, is ridiculously delicious. My sister-in-law, who does not like ground beef, even liked this. Whew. The flavor is so good. Okay, that’s enough of that, now go make this soup 😀
In non stick pan, brown diced onion until caramelized and then add meat and brown until no pink is left in the meat.
Add taco and ranch seasoning to pan, brown 5 more minutes.
Add cans including all juices , 2 cups of water, and browned meat/onion/seasoning mixture to crock pot or soup pot. Simmer 4-6 hours. *
Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips.
*Note: Technically, you don't have to wait 4-6 hours for the soup to cook. Since the meat is cooked, as soon as everything is warmed up in the pot, you can eat it. However, I think it tastes better after simmering half a day and the spices have had a chance to saturate everything with flavor.
I had celery, carrots, and chicken in the house so I decided to whip up some soup with some spices from the cabinet. It turned out hearty and savory with Scott’s seal of approval. I just had to add way more water than I previously thought necessary because simmering for a long period of time tends to make it evaporate. haha.
Anywho, this soup is perfect for a sick day. Not only is it hydrating, but it has enough spice to clear up the sinuses. It is loaded with flavor, yet is lean because I only used 1 boneless skinless chicken breast. The ingredient that I think really makes this chicken soup is the type of stock I use, and I am about to give it some unsolicited praise. Korr’s homestyle stock comes in a pack of 4 small gel packs so it is easy to store and also is rated high in by consumer report for real chicken flavor. Basically, it is as close in deliciousness to real chicken stock as you can get, maybe even better.