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Autumn, A Fall Menu + Shepherd’s Pie

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. IMG_0992

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.IMG_0995

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)

Tbsp Oil
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.

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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. IMG_1001

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.

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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.

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
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
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Menu Plan {30.09.2013} + Autumn/Fall Recipes I

With the temperatures starting to become cooler here, the fall recipes have come out this week.

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Here are some of the recipes I use on a regular basis for this time of year.

I will be adding more in the next couple of weeks, some are on the list for this week’s meal plan.

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Saturday Fresh Bread (from La Farm local french bakery) Pumpkin Soup
Sunday Bacon, Eggs, Hash browns Homemade Pizza
Monday Toast with sliced ham Split pea and ham soup + homemade bread
Tuesday Oatmeal + Banana Pot Roast + Vegetables
Wednesday Toast + Banana + Peanut Butter Meatball Spinach Pasta Bake
Thursday Green Vegetable Omlete Lentil + Kale soup
Friday Oatmeal + Dried Fruit Salsa chicken casserole 

Pumpkin Bread – Great recipe for freezing

I found an amazing recipe for pumpkin bread in a Cooking Light magazine (November 2008 page 176) that the whole family loves. It is very moist and it freezes great.

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Ingredients

3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup flaxseed
2 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 canola oil
2/3 cup honey beer (room temperature; NOTE: I use a dark beer if I do not have honey)
1/2 cup egg substitute + 2 eggs (NOTE: I use 4 eggs instead of the egg substitute)
1 can pumpkin (14-15 oz)

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  2. Combine flour, salt and next 4 ingredients (through pumpkin pie spice) in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk
  3. Combine water and flaxseed in a small bowl
  4. Place sugar and next 4 ingredients (through eggs) in a large bowl and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add flaxseed mixture and pumpkin, beat at low-speed until blended. Add flour mixture, beat just until combined. Divide the batter between two 9×5 inch loaf pans coated with cooking spray. (NOTE: We use silicon pans and do not require spray….also for taste you can opt for a greased time with butter).
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in the center and comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in the pan, then remove and place on wire rack.
  6. To freeze, wait until cold, place into a Ziploc bag and store for up to two months.

I think the flavor of this loaf fresh, is better the second day. Serve by slicing the loaf – great as for afternoon tea/snack.