Autumn (or Fall) has definitely arrived here in North Carolina. After one windy night our deck is completely covered in leaves. I love the yellows, reds and browns at this time of year.
My favorite thing about the photo above is the splash of green against all those warm colors. I had to take a close up to capture the contrast.
It is the perfect time to pull out those winter recipes as the nights get colder. One of our family favorites, a recipe I grew up with, Shepherd’s Pie.
Ingredients (serves 4-6 people)
1 onion, diced
250 g ground beef/ mince or 1/2 pound of ground beef (I use 96/4 ground beef)
2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp Ketchup/ Tomato Sauce
3/4 Vegetable or Beef Stock
1 Tbsp Marmite (or worcestershire sauce)
1/2 cup sliced carrots
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 Potatoes, chopped, cooked
1 Tbsp butter
1/4 low-fat milk
1/2 cup grated cheese
Pre-Heat Oven to 375 degrees F (or 190 C).
In a sauce pan, heat oil. Add onion and cook until glassy. Add the ground beef and brown the meat. Once meat is brown, sprinkle 2 Tbsp over the top. Mix the flour into the meat sauce. Over medium heat, add the carrots, peas, ketchup, stock, and marmite (or worcestershire sauce). Stir until blended, turn heat to low. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Place the meat mixture in a baking dish. NOTE: I like my carrots a little crunchy, if you would like them soft – cook carrots or use chopped frozen carrots.
After draining your cooked potatoes, add butter and milk. Mash potatoes, butter and milk to make smooth mashed potatoes. Spread the mashed potatoes over the meat mixture. Sprinkle the grated cheese over the potatoes.
Place the baking dish in the oven for 20 minutes. The cheese should start to brown. Remove the dish from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes.
Serve with a side of vegetables (e.g. Broccoli or Cabbage).
Here is the rest of our dinner plan for the week on our $70 budget.
|Sunday||Ham + Egg + Hash Brown||Asparagus + Mushroom Spaghetti (GF)|
|Monday||Oatmeal + Banana + Soy Milk||Shepherd’s Pie|
|Tuesday||Oatmeal + Banana +
Almond Butter + Soy Milk
|Split Pea and Ham Soup (Slow Cooked)|
|Wednesday||Toast + Banana + Peanut Butter||Beef Curry + Cauliflower + Brown Rice|
|Thursday||Pumpkin Bread||Vegetable Frittata|
|Friday||Oatmeal + Dried Fruit||Take Out|