Tonight was a comfort night for dinner. I wanted a comforting meal to cook so I decided to make my shepherd’s pie. It’s a pretty basic recipe but fast, easy and delicious!
1 package ground beef (or chicken or turkey) 1/2 onion, chopped 3 medium sized potatoes, diced Can of corn, drained 1/2 cup frozen green peas Broth (beef, chicken or vegetable) Salt, pepper, spices Milk and butter Shredded cheese
It’s a simple recipe and really the only thing that varies are the spices you like. I use minced garlic, rosemary, whatever I have on hand, I add. Tonight I used an Epicure product – a shepherd’s pie seasoning – which is very easy. I love Epicure! So yes I used that package tonight, and it made a lovely gravy for the beef.
Sautee the onion with 1 tablespoon of butter until soft, then add the ground meat and brown. While the meat is cooking, boil the potatoes until soft enough to mash.
To the meat, add salt, pepper, rosemary, garlic, to taste, and any other spices you might like. Add some broth – about 2 cups. This will create a nice gravy to season the meat.
Mash the potatoes with butter and milk until soft.
Layer the pie – first the veggies, then the meat mixture and then the mashed potatoes. I add shredded cheese to the top of it all in the casserole dish. Cook at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, to melt the cheese and cook the vegetables.
It’s a cool rainy day today so I’ve been perusing my cookbooks in anticipation of baking more, and I came across one of my favourite recipes.
3 ripe bananas, mashed 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 egg 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1 1/2 cups flour 1/3 cup melted butter 1 cup chocolate chips
In a bowl, mix together baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour (I use a whisk to make sure everything gets incorporated together). In a separate bowl, add sugar and beaten eggs to mashed bananas. Mix well. Add butter and mix. Stir in dry ingredients and add chocolate chips.
Spoon into muffin pan that has been greased and floured, or use muffin cups. My preference is to grease and flour but either way works.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Enjoy! This recipe makes 12 large muffins.
Yesterday was the Canadian Thanksgiving and I decided to buck tradition – and made lasagna. I experimented with the oven ready lasagna noodles and it was a hit! Here’s my recipe for my lasagna.
1 package lasagna noodles (oven ready) 1 lb ground beef 1 small onion diced 4 garlic cloves, chopped 2 cups chopped mushrooms 2 tbsp. oil and 1 tbsp. butter 2 jars of your favourite spaghetti sauce (or homemade) 1 500ml container ricotta cheese ( you can substitute cottage cheese as well ) Mozzarella cheese (I used 3 cups of shredded cheese in and had 1/2 cup for the top)
Sautee the onions in oil and butter for about 5 minutes, just until translucent. Add the garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute (don’t let it burn!). Add the mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms shrink down. Remove from pan. Fry the ground beef until cooked then add back in the mushroom mix. Add in the sauce and simmer for 10 minutes, season with salt. In a bowl, combine the ricotta and mozzarella, mixing it well together
Prepare your lasagna pan. Spoon a small amount of the sauce on the bottom of the pan then add your first layer of noodles. I usually use about 4 and a half noodles, so that the entire bottom is covered.
Spoon sauce on top of the noodles. Spoon half the cheese mixture over the sauce and spread it out. Repeat – noodles, sauce, cheese, noodles. Pour remaining sauce on top of the noodles, sprinkle with the 1/2 cup cheese, and then bake for 60 minutes at 375 degrees. Take out and let sit for at least 5 minutes to let the lasagna set.
1 whole bay leaf (I like lots of bay leaves in my soup, so I added 3)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 1/2 large lemon)
Heat the oil. In a medium (2- to 3-quart) saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering. Add the carrot, celery, onion, and salt and stir to combine. Cover and let the vegetables sweat, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
Add the lentils, water or broth, and bay leaf and bring up to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and let simmer, covered, until the lentils begin to fall apart, about 20 minutes.
Turn off the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Taste and season with salt as needed.
This was the first time I made this and I questioned the lemon juice in it – but definitely add it because it gives it a very nice taste! Enjoy!
Welcome to Fall! There’s nothing better, to me, than something cinnamon-y with a cup of coffee. It’s a nice treat on a cool Autumn night. Here’s a great recipe for a cinnamon streusel loaf!
Streusel 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar 2/3 cup all purpose flour 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 cup cold butter 1/2 cup butter, softened
Loaf 3/4 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp vanilla 2 1/4 cps all purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp each baking soda and salt 2/3 cup buttermilk
Streusel – in small blow, stir together sugar, flour and cinnamon. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until in coarse crumbs, set aside.
Loaf – in large bowl, beat together butter with sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs, 1 at a time. beat in vanilla. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir into butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, making 3 additions of flour mixture and 2 of buttermilk.
Scrape half of the batter into parchment paper-lined 9×5 inch (2 L) loaf pan. Top with half the streusel. Scrape remaining batter over top and sprinkle with remaining streusel.
Bake in 325 degree F (160 degree C) oven until cake tester inserted comes out clean, about 65 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Turn out onto rack; let cool completely.
I was given, by a very lovely lady at my old apartment building, a cookbook called Yum and Yummer, by Greta Podleski, a Canadian author of four very successful healthy eating cookbooks. She and her sister, Janet, created the Looneyspoons cookbooks and I must say they are the BEST cookbooks! Fun to read, exciting pictures of fabulous food and delicious, easy-to-follow recipes for a beginner cook.
I found this recipe and have tried it, but neglected to take my own picture (in reality, her picture looks a lot better than mine would have) and it was so delicious I wanted to share!
Dressing 2 tbsp. olive oil 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice 2 tsp. liquid honey 1 tsp. Dijon mustard 1/2 tsp. grated lime zest 1/4 tsp. each sea salt and ground pepper 1/8 tsp. each ground cumin and chili powder
Salad 1 lb (454 grams) large cooked shrimp, chopped (about 25-30 per pound) 2 medium mangos, cubed 1 large or 2 small avocados, cubed 1 cup peeled, diced English cucumbers 1 cup quartered grape tomatoes 2/3 cup green onions 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Whisk together all dressing ingredients, refrigerate until ready to use.
Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Mix gently to avoid mashing the avocado. Give dressing a quick whisk and add to salad. Mix gently until salad is coated with dressing. Add more salt and pepper if desired.
Divide salad among small cups (see photo below) and serve with small spoons. May be served immediately or refrigerated until serving time.
Greta does not recommend using baby shrimp for this recipe. Also, don’t prepare this salad too far ahead of time as avocados tend to turn brown quickly. Fresher is better!
And my own tip – this is great for lunch, and to be honest, I ate it all myself and used a regular plate and a normal sized spoon! I was the only one who liked avocados back home so I had this all to myself! I halved the recipe since I knew it was just for me and it was a perfect sized meal for one !
Who likes Rice Krispie Squares? And chocolate? Well this recipe is for you!
Rice Krispie Roll Ups
1/4 cup butter 1 1/4 cups mini marshmallows (10.5 ounce bag) 5 1/2 cups Rice Krispies 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips 1/2 cup peanut butter
Melt butter in saucepan. Add marshmallows. Over low heat, melt the marshmallows. Add Rice Krispies and mix well. Spread evenly into a greased cookie sheet.
In a microwaveable bowl, combine chocolate chips and peanut butter. Microwave for one minute, remove and stir. If chips are not melted, return for another 30 seconds. Stir until melted. Spread over the Rice Krispies.
Let set in a cool place just until the chocolate sets (if the chocolate hardens, it will be not be easy to roll!)
Loosen all around the edges with a knife or metal spatula. Starting on the long side, start to roll. If desired, decorate with sprinkles.
Tip: Roll up in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour. Take out and slice. It’s much easier to slice when it’s been chilled.