Shepard’s Pie

31 Jul

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I made a new Paleo/Gluten free inspired recipe.  Its a Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie Casserole.  My husband is a big fan of Shepard’s Pie and of my cooking, so I thought I would make our first “official” dish one of his faves.  I am used to Shepard’s Pie being a bit more buttery and white-mashed-potato-ey, so when it first came out of the oven I was a bit skeptical, but it was actually delicious.  I topped mine with a BIG scoop of salsa from Lupe Tortilla (that salsa makes N-E-thang taste good!).

Tonight I am planning on making a gluten-free pizza.  It’s going to have a garbanzo bean crust.  So, I guess the garbanzo bean crust doesn’t technically fall under “Paleo”, but whatever $#@!^, I started this whole diet to be healthy, not just to follow a set of blasted rules.  I have heard some really great things about this pizza, so I am excited to try it, but I also know how most of my first-time cooking attempts go.

Kinda like this:

I can’t take credit for these beauties, but my attempts have come pathetically close.

So, I will post a picture of my pizza even if it turns out to be a FLOP and has a “Nailed -it” label.

On another note, I stayed after class today to talk to my trig teacher who happens to have her Ph. D. in Math (from OU…Boomer Sooner).  We talked for over an hour about holistic health.  I found out that she was diagnosed with Lupus and given 3 months to live, but she decided to become extremely responsible with her health and 4 years later she is alive and a $#@! dang good teacher, at that!  She gave me all sorts of support and advice.  It was just  what I was needing to hear to spur me along my journey.  I will share some of the advice soon, but right now I need to get started on my dinner plans!

PEACE!

P.S. Here’s the Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie Recipe.

Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie

– 1 pound of ground beef, browned, but not drained.

– 1 onion, chopped, but no tears

– 1-2 handfuls of baby carrots, chopped

-1-2 T. BBQ Sauce {I love Sweet Baby Ray’s and according to this website it is GF! Yee-YAH!}

-2 Sweet Potato, chopped {I used one and regretted it, it  def needs two.

  1. Preheat your oven to 350.
  2. Boil that Shizz.  Boil the chopped sweet potatoes until they are fully cooked.  They’re done when you can gently stick with them a fork.  They need to be soft enough to be able to mash.  Move onto Step 3 while the potatoes are boiling.
  3. Brown that Shizz.  Brown the chopped onions and carrots then throw in the beef.  But, don’t throw out that grease you’ll want it…yep
  4. Mix that Shizz.  Once the ground beef is browned throw in the BBQ sauce, mix and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  5. Spread that Shizz.  Throw the beef mixture into a small casserole dish, then spread the mashed sweet potatoes over the top with a fork.  This is a great opportunity to get artistic.  Draw a smiley-face, your initials, or the Mona Lisa in those ‘taters!
  6. Bake it UP! About 20-25 minutes, will do the trick.
  7. EAT!
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Guacamole Burgers

27 Jul

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My first order of business after finding out I have an underactive thyroid was to become ultra healthy. I have always been interested in nutrition and have played around with different types of “diets”, but now I know I need to get serious about consuming the foods that are best for my body. After much researching, I have come to the conclusion that a Paleo diet seems to be the right path when dealing with most thyroid issues. So, my journey begins upon the Paleo path! (If you don ‘t want to read the quote below, then skip it!)

Factory raised animals make no physical exercise, are stressed all the time and eat food they were not designed to eat. We feed them soy and corn instead of grass. Cows have four stomach for a reason! They’re made to eat grass. Even better, we can’t digest grass very well so cows eat the grass for energy and we then eat those cows for our own energy. It’s a beautiful synergy.

You probably know about omega-3 and omega-6 fats, that they are essential fats that the body cannot make on his own and that there is an important balance to strive for with omega-3s and omega-6s.

Omega-3 fats are anti-inflammatory while omega-6 fats are pro-inflammatory. We need both fats. Too much omega-3s and your blood would be too thin and wouldn’t cloth well and too much omega-6 and you start experiencing all kinds of problems related to inflammation in your body.

Inflammation is the cause of almost all modern diseases. Heart disease, digestive problems, obesity, stress and diabetes are all problems that start out with inflammation somewhere.

Nowadays, it’s almost impossible to have too much omega-3s since omega-6s are everywhere. The perfect ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats is 1:1 to 3:1.
-Paleo Lifestyle Diet

Basically, the above information spurs me on toward the importance of grassfed beef and how it is a much healthier choice for my body.
I went to HEB to buy my first pound of grassfed beef, not expecting it to be much different from any other burger I have had…….it was AMAZING! The burger was much juicier and it tasted like BEEF. I have been converted. Once you go grassfed you never go….back. Ba-zinga.

Here is the recipe for the Guacamole Burger:

-2 avocadoes
-1 red onion, chopped
-1 tomato, chopped
-1 lime
-Handful of cilantro, chopped (optional)
– 1# of grassfed beef

Directions:

1.) Mash them suckers! In a bowl, mix and mash avocadoes, onion, tomato, cilantro, and fresh lime juice.

2.) Form them suckers! Form small patties with grassfed beef by dividing into even mounds. Split each mound into two patties (make one patty slightly larger than the other).

3.) Dance with them suckers! (kidding, not kidding) Add a spoonful of guacamole to the smaller patty and carefully spread, but leave a bit of a rim. Next take the larger patty and fold/pinch onto the smaller patty so that together they both now encase the guacamole.

5.) Grill them suckers! I was really careful with mine when grilling to ensure that no guacamole would drip out…that stuffs precious!

6.) Eat them suckers!