Thursday, October 3, 2013

Shepard's Pie 

Today was a real busy day, I went to my women's group meeting at church and that takes a good 2 hours of my morning and then I had to hit up the grocery store thereafter.  That is when I realized that I hadn't even taken anything out for dinner!  So I decided that I would pick up some ground turkey and a sack of potatoes and shepherds pie immediately came to mind.  This shepard's pie is a bit different than the traditional though,  It is a bit more healthful and it doesn't weigh you down when you're done.  This is a super quick meal to make and you can even opt to make this ahead on the weekend and pop it in the oven on you're busy weeknights.  Happy eating from my kitchen to yours! 

Making the Potatoes what you will need

  • 1-1/2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, diced
  • 3/4 cup fat free chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp fat free sour cream
  • salt and pepper
  • paprika

The filling
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, diced
  • 10 oz frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup fat free beef broth
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp of Italian seasoning 
  • salt and pepper

Boil potatoes in water until cooked and soft. Drain and mash with chicken broth, sour cream, salt and pepper.

Preheat oven to 400°.

In a large saute pan brown meat. Season with salt and pepper. When cooked, set aside on a plate. Discard any fat in the pan, add oil, onion and garlic and saute on medium heat about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and celery and saute another 3-4 minutes. Add flour, salt and pepper and mix well. Add frozen vegetables, beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, thyme, chopped meat and mix well.Simmer on low about 5-10 minutes.

Spread the meat mixture on the bottom of a 11x7 glass baking dish. Top with mashed potatoes, using a fork to scrape the top to make ridges and sprinkle with paprika. Bake 20 minutes or until potatoes turn golden. Remove from oven and let it cool 10-15 minutes before serving.

Note:  Feel free to substitute the ground turkey for any other kind of ground meat that you may prefer.