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easy shepherds pie recipe

 

 

Cooking is something I love to do and have been doing since I was a young girl. I remember starting off being taught by my grandmother how to tend to a garden and how to cook food that grows with the seasons. Yet today they might say what is growing locally and in your area. I use to sit next to my grandmother in her lap snapping peas, and with my own mom as she taught me how to cut greens and make her famous homemade gravy.

I've become so attuned from being around food at and early age and seeing it grow out of the ground in front of my own eyes. Really gave me a respect for food and the value it holds. Because of that, I picked up on how to cook with my senses and from the heart. Which when you cook from the heart it becomes really some of the best cooking you will ever eat each and every single time.

With being able to cook from an early age I learned how to cook a lot quicker and make the same great food in a short amount of time and have it taste just as great. That is why I want to share with you this super simple easy shepherds pie recipe. Some people get turned off by making shepherds pie because they feel they have to do all those extra steps like cook the meat and peel the potatoes.

Now, you do have to cook the meat and peel the potatoes the only difference is that I only make shepherd's pie when I make smashed potatoes the day the before.

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That's right I like smashed potatoes not the regular russet potatoes, they take way to long to peel and to big for me. I prefer the yellow golden taste of the Yukon gold potatoes.  So in order to make this dish, you need to plan it out the day before by making mashed potatoes the day before and making enough for two separate meals. One for the dish the first night and enough to top the shepherd's pie the second night.

Once you have all that let's get started. 😉

 

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I only make shepherd's pie in a cast iron skillet the meat cooks a lot quicker and I can just turn it into a one pot meal and transfer the whole dish to oven right afterward.

First, you need to add some chopped onion and olive in the skillet to saute down a bit. Next ground the meat (grass fed) preferred in the skillet. While the meat is browning you can add whatever meat seasonings you prefer, I like to use regular old of all seasons salt. Once the meat is cooked to your liking then add in some butter and a little bit of flour. Just enough to give it a little bit of texture and thicken it up a bit. I then pour in some beef broth a little extra salt and pepper and let it simmer down a bit just enough to thicken it up slightly a little more.

When it has simmered a bit I then add in the corn and peas for the shepherd's pie. Just enough to warm it up. Then finish the dish with the smashed Yukon potatoes skin and all I made the day before.  I top the potatoes on top and load on the cheese. I like to use the organic Mexican shredded cheese package since it's  loaded with different types of cheeses.

Pop that bad boy in the oven for about 10-15 minutes to heat up the toppings and melt the cheese.

Yummy.

You're all done.

 

Ingredients: This dish I didn't measure it but just eyeballed out.

  1. cup 1/2 of peas depending on your family size
  2. cup 1/2 of corn (family size again)
  3. Beef broth
  4. About 4 tablespoons of flour
  5. Smashed potatoes ( Yukon gold)
  6. Organic Valley Mexican Cheese
  7. All seasoning mix (mix)
  8. salt and pepper
  9. butter

 

Steps:

  • Make the smashed potatoes one day ahead time then store in the fridge.
  • Cook down the onions with a dash of olive oil.
  • Cook the meat with the seasoning until brown, add a dash of butter and the flour and thoroughly mix.
  • Pour in some beef broth and then some salt and pepper, next add in the corn and peas.
  • Top with the potatoes and cheese, then heat the pie in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

 

 


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This past week I whipped up one of my favorite Easy blue dressing Recipe that I love to make. Nothing tastes better than making your own homemade salad dressings. When all those tastes combine and flavors blend and harmonize. It just makes for a great  salad dressing.  In fact it could be one my ultimate blue cheese dressing recipe to date. This one can be eaten with hot wings for dipping or on a salad.

 

DIY Easy Blue Cheese Dressing

I prefer to make this particular one for my own salads and especially for my hot wings in which I make at home in the oven and than I place on my homemade wing sauce on top.

Right out of the oven. -;)

This particular blue cheese dressing however, is a little on the thicker side but not that much. It is only because I add a ton of blue cheese inside of it.

I like to taste the chunks. You just have to add as much as you want inside of your own.  You can even add some buttermilk or plain milk to it to loosen up the blue cheese dressing.

If you want a creamer one.

I prefer this one for a dipping sauce mainly.

Great with Wings! -;)

 

Easy Blue Cheese Dressing Recipe:

  • Add about equal parts mayo to sour cream 1 cup mayo and 1 cup sour cream – I Prefer a little less mayo to sour-cream however that's my Personal preference.
  • Fold in the blue cheese crumbles about one container full depending on how chunky you want it.
  • Dash of Salt and pepper
  • Dash Of Garlic Powder
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Pinch of Hot sauce.

 

All you need to do is mix the sour cream with the mayonnaise, add in the salt and pepper. A dash of hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Fold in the blue cheese crumbles and place in a mason jar.

 

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Wa' la your good to go. The longer the dressing sits in the fridge the better. I tend to make it a couple of hours before I eat the wings or even better yet you can eat on a ice-berg salad with homemade bacon crumbles.

Like I did here in this post! Click here to see it!

Good Stuff.

Tell me do you ever make any of your salad dressings homemade?

 

 

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cheap family meals that stretch

 

 

Cooking meals for my family is one thing I really like and enjoy doing. Especially when I'm able to cook with really great ingredients. Than the meal is really able to come to life.

I really love to cook when I am able to make cheap family meals that stretch into more than one meal. With the help of some extra items.  I add to the new meals some more items, but its all worth it in those next few days when your able to just save a little from the very beginning.

With the first meal of course. 😉

I ended up buying some antibiotic hormone free steak that was on sale the other day at my local grocery store. I was able to get a nice amount of rib-eye steak for really cheap. Considering this stuff can be double the cost at the regular price.

My hubby and I ended up grilling the steaks on the grill first.  I made my nice steak rub that I love to use on steaks when I'm grilling.  I'll post that  below so that you will be able to use that on your steaks too!

Its a mixture of:

  • Your favorite all purpose seasonings, or meat magic which is one of my new favorite ones.
  • Brown sugar
  • Himalayan salt
  • black pepper
  • chili powder
  • cumin

 

 

 

Next I made some smashed potatoes out of Yukon gold with the skin still on them. I love using skins especially with red potatoes. It makes it really easy and fast to cook while at the same time giving you all that buttery skin goodness. So delicious!! I even made An ice burg salad with my homemade blue cheese dressing and bacon toppings I cooked up earlier as you can see in the picture.

 

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Since I knew I would have an extra amount of steaks for left overs. I turned those steaks into  steak fajitas the next night. All I did was slice the steak up lengthwise into small pieces than I added some tortillas I had in the fridge with it. I sauteed some onions and peppers and some seasonings. Than  wa, la! you now have some steak fajitas in about 15 minutes for dinner.

My family love fajitas of any sort!

The only thing I added was cheese, some sour cream and I cooked up some onions and peppers to go with it. 

 

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On the third day I had a good amount of smashed potatoes left over, so I ended up making my quick and easy Shepard's pie!  I call it quick and easy since I only make it when I have left over homemade mashed or smashed potatoes.

So good and filling.

I took the leftover smashed potatoes that I had and cooked up some ground meat in my handy cast iron skillet. I love cooking in a cast iron skillets! So great for one pot meals.

 

I added some seasonings, you know the basics. Salt, pepper, and some all purpose season salt. Whatever you like pretty much. Than I took some beef broth about 2 cups full mixed with about a 2 -3 spoons of white flour and any soup mix you like. I added in onions and peas and carrots. Once it got a little thicker to the point that I like it.

Than I placed the potatoes on top with a mixture of my favorite cheeses, I used the same Mexican cheese from past two nights with the smashed potatoes when I made them and the steak fajitas.

Cooked in the oven for about 10 minutes until the cheese melts.

 

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There you go, three days of cheap family meals that stretch.

Perfect end to three days of cooking, waste not want not.

Right!

 

 

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So you know I have been working out lately and trying to eat as healthy as possible by eating real food. One thing I cooked this week was a Simple Chicken Fajitas Recipe. Its pretty much a homemade Chicken Fajitas Recipe that I like to do on my own. I tend to cook a lot of things from scratch and make them at home since they always taste a whole lot better.

Its pretty simple to make and its one of the meals my family loves to eat, I tend to make it a variety of ways. Sometimes I'll grill the chicken and than slice the chicken tenderloins. I would grill the onions and peppers on my electric grill like the one here.

However, that night I did not have much time.  So I decided to whip up some easy chicken fajitas in my favorite Cast Iron Skillet.

It just makes food taste so much better! -;)

Especially since Cast Iron Skillets help to even out the heat a lot better throughout the food giving it a even cooking time.

 

Simple Chicken Fajitas Recipe

 

Some of the ingredients I used were:

  • Chicken tenderloins
  • red, green bell peppers
  • I use homemade bought Tortillas the flour ones.
  • Mexican Cheese ( I use and Organic Blended Brand)
  • Sour Cream
  • onions
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • organic season salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder

The first thing I did was cut up my chicken tenderloins into small bite size strips buy cutting them lengthwise down. Than I sauteed the onions and peppers in the skillet  with olive oil until they caramelize to a  nice soft texture. I sprinkle on the seasonings also to the peppers so they can have nice rich flavor to them.

Next, I remove the peppers to a serving plate and than I cook the chicken in the skillet next with the chili powder, cumin, seasonings etc… . I grill them until  they have  nice brown outer covering and are done but not dried out. You want the chicken nice and grilled but not dry.

Next, I transfer the chicken to the serving plate too.

 

Homemade Chicken Fajitas

I heat the tortillas in the oven for about 3-5 minutes and than I get out the cheese and serve to the kids with a little sour cream. Fast and simple easy chicken fajitas recipe in less than about 30 minutes.

 

grilled chicken fajita recipe

 


 

 

Like I said before This is one my favorite dinners to cook the kids on nights that I't really busy and I don't have to much time to cook without having to resort to getting take out or running to the store.

 

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So you know I have four boys right and these kids love to eat, in fact I love to eat too and always make dishes that my mom made for me growing up with the exception of a little changes. Here and there. One of those cool comfort foods that I always come back too is a Salisbury steak recipe with brown gravy that my mom used to make. I'm not sure if its the traditional way to make Salisbury steak, I just know that I like it and it always taste great to me.

In fact its not even made with steak. ( That was a  joke) -;)

 

This is super simple and it goes great on a nice cold day when you really need some comfort food to fill up those little belly's and keep them wanting more. I love this dish so much that it has become one of those simple easy recipes that you can make in a flash and the whole family will love it. If you have a large family or even just feeding yourself I'm sure you will enjoy this Salisbury dish as well.

This simple super easy Salisbury steak recipe with brown gravy only entails a few ingredients such as:

 

 

The first thing you want to do is mix up your meat in a large mixing bowl with your diced onions. Make sure you dice them really small that way you wont taste huge chunks of onions in your mouth in fact you could even save some for your gravy which you will make in the pot.

All together at one time.

What I like to also do is really make sure I add in a pinch of Worcestershire sauce for a little extra kick. Trust me you will taste difference.

 

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After you get a change to mix in all of your seasonings which is any that you prefer. I personally have been trying and liking lately is the Meat Magic seasoning blend this stuff is full of a whole bunch great things like mixed spices, dehydrated onions and pepper, In fact it also made with no artificial flavorings or ingredients simply plain simple good food.  I also use the Ians All Natural Panko breads crumbs which also come gluten free if you like and made of all natural goodness. I mix it all in with one or two eggs just to bind all the other ingredients together for when I go to the next step and finish cooking.

 

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So while it all smells great now and your ready to eat before I patty it all up like a small hamburger, I like to eat mine with some rice which I love to cook in my presto rice cooker. This thing is great and helps me out a ton in cooking rice in about 5-10 minutes. Which is really no time and at all and really helps to push out some quick dinner really fast when your in a pinch.  I always add a little butter and some oil of your choice I use olive oil and a even mixture of water and chicken broth for the liquid to cook it in. \

 

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Were halfway complete now and the dinner is coming along quite well.

Now all we have to do it patty up the meat in to small hamburger like patty's, I place a little olive oil in the pan with the patty's and I fry them on each side until each side is browned an almost cooked all the way through.

 

 

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Once that is complete I take a measuring cup and I place about  a little less than 1/4 cup of flour to about 21/2 cups of beef broth all together. I also make sure I mix in some extra pepper to the mixture with a dash of salt and some of more the meat magic seasonings for a little extra kick.

 

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Pour the beef stock mixture over the meat patty's and let it simmer and cook down until the sauce thickens and becomes a gooey Salisbury steak gravy goodness.  I then pour this easy Salisbury steak brown gravy recipe over the white rice I cooked in my rice cooker with a side of broccoli.

 

Easy Salisbury steak with brown gravy

Bam! Dinners done and did not take that long to make.

What about you, what way do you like your Salisbury steak?

 

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