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Veggie Filled Shepherd’s Pie

One of my favorite dishes is a good shepherd’s pie, but I generally like to tweak the recipes to fit more my tastes and style. Hope y’all enjoy!

You’ll Need:

  • 1 pound ground turkey (if you want to go full vegetarian, this can be cut out, but I like using a lean white meat in mine)
  • 1 bag baby carrots
  • 1 bag frozen peas
  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 squash, sliced
  • 1 cup of vegetable broth, low or no sodium.
  • Garlic to taste
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • Mashed potatoes

To Prepare:

  • Brown your turkey in a large pan.
  • Add carrots and cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add the rest of the vegetables and broth, and cook on medium heat for another 5-7 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
  • Add garlic and turmeric, and transfer into a baking dish.
  • Add prepared mashed potatoes to top, and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until the potatoes begin to brown on the top.
  • Enjoy!

This is super quick and easy to make, absolutely loaded with delicious veggies, and a touch of turmeric that won’t affect the taste for some anti-inflammatory properties.

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Bowtie Lasagna

Try this bowtie lasagna for those nights you’re cramped on time and need a delicious meal the whole family will love!

You’ll Need:

1 pound ground beef

1 box bowtie pasta

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 jar spaghetti sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 cup shredded mozzarella (there’s a great vegan alternative, if you have any dairy allergies or intolerance)

1 cup sour cream (again, if necessary, there are vegan alternatives)

Preparation:

  • Boil pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • In separate pan, brown beef and drain excess fat.
  • Add pasta to beef pan.
  • Drizzle on olive oil, then add sauce, salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Stir all together.
  • Add cheese and sour cream.
  • Stir over low heat until the cheese melts completely.
  • Enjoy!

That’s it, you’re done! This can literally be ready in 30 minutes, perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.

Cucumber Quinoa Salad

Try something easy and healthy one night this week. This recipe for a Cucumber Quinoa Salad is easy to prepare, takes barely any time, and is perfect for a healthy summer meal.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 2 cups of cooked and then chilled quinoa
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese (there are vegan options available)
  • 1/3 cup basil (fresh preferably, but packaged will work too, just make sure it’s in small pieces)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Prepare:

  • Toss the quinoa, cucumber, cheese and basil together.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients together.
  • Combine and enjoy!

Original recipe can be found here: https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/cucumber-quinoa-salad-recipe/

Chicken Cheese Pasta

This is a recipe I made in food prep class in high school and it was one of my absolute favorites. Y’all it is easy, it takes literally under an hour to cook, and it tastes amazing. This is perfect for a quick dinner on a busy night.

You’ll need:

2 cups frozen peas

1 1/2 cups milk

2 cans cream of chicken soup

A dash of garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

4 pieces baked chicken

Pasta

2/3 cups cheese

 

Prepare:

Dump everything but the pasta and cheese into a pan on the stove and turn on high until it begins boiling, stirring occasionally. Once it hits boiling, turn down to low and simmer uncovered for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the 2/3 cups cheese and mix in. Once your pasta is cooked, add the pasta in, and voila! Dinner is served. If you are lactose intolerant, use vegan cheese and unflavored unsweetened almond milk instead.

Mom’s Chicken and Gravy

This is one of my all-time favorite recipes y’all, and one taste and you will agree. This is my mom’s recipe, and while I have tried to make it, it’s not quite as good as hers, but it’s a delicious option when you need some comfort food.

Ingredients:

4-6 pieces of chicken

2 cups flour

1 tablespoon garlic powder

Black pepper to taste

Water – to be determined

Butter for bottom of pan

Preparation:

  1. Put 3 tablespoons of butter in skillet
  2. Rinse chicken
  3. Mix flour and seasonings in large bowl
  4. Coat chicken in flour and seasonings
  5. On medium-high heat, brown both sides of chicken
  6. When browned, add a couple cups of water, turn to medium-low heat to simmer
  7. Add portions of the flour mixture to thicken gravy
  8. Add water as necessary.
  9. Check the chicken every 10 minutes to make sure it doesn’t stick to the pan, but let simmer for 30 minutes
  10. Make a side of rice to go under the chicken and gravy
  11. Enjoy!

Be careful with the flour and gravy, the first time I made it, I had a gallon of gravy by the time I was done. If it’s a little thick or thin, that’s ok. If you have extras, Huskies love this stuff, at least mine did!

Make an Extra Meal for Someone

Life can get hectic, and people can get overwhelmed, especially if they have a lot going on in their personal life. Make an extra meal for someone who needs it. This can be for any reason, but I know from personal experience, if you’re trying to do a million things, cooking can be the last thing on your mind.

Mango Chicken Bowls

This is a recipe I found that is based off a dish I have at one of my favorite restaurants in the area. It is delicious, filling, and full of good stuff. The only tweak I make, is I add black beans on top of the rice under the chicken.

Check it out! https://thefeedfeed.com/wellnesswithcourtnie/mango-bbq-chicken-with-mango-salsa-and-rice

FOR THE SALSA

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1 mango, peeled and cubed
  • 1 blood orange, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • Handful of cilantro
  • 1/2 jalapeño, seeds removed and finely diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

FOR THE BOWLS:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup raw Jasmine rice
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce

MAKE THE

METHOD

  • STEP 1

    Combine all salsa ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Set aside for later.

  • STEP 2

    Combine the chicken breast and BBQ sauce in a sealed plastic bag or container. Move the chicken around until fully coated in sauce. Marinate in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight.

  • STEP 3

    When chicken had marinated, preheat a lightly oiled grill pan over medium heat and cook chicken for about 8 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.

  • STEP 4

    Meanwhile, cook the rice according to package directions.

  • STEP 5

    Divide the rice among for bowl, and top with cooked chicken and salsa.

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