Ok. Let me start by saying that this is RJ writing this, so the writing style will not be the same, and all in all not as good.
The link for you scanners out there (like me) that just care about the recipe. http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/mini_shepherds_pies.html
Now that we have that out of the way, lets get into the meat and potatoes of this post. I have been fighting for a Shepherd’s Pie in the lunch line up for a while now. The problem being, we do not much care for red meat especially ground beef. Well while perusing the interwebs and eatingwell.com in particular, I happened upon this gem.
We took the recipe as is and then I changed it up (as I do with most recipes). First off we took out the ground beef, and used ground lean turkey (saves some calories, as well as the fat problem from red meat). Second, we decided not to go with the winter squash topping (even though that sounds excellent, and you should try it!). We had some left over Peruvian blue potatoes that were already mashed from a meal that i made over the weekend, so that became the topping. More on the Peruvian blue potatoes in a bit. this meal takes about 25 minutes to make, and is well suited for putting in a to go container and reheating. The recipe says that the calorie count comes in around 336, and the way we made it is probably close, as we did not use beef, but did use potatoes.
After having it for lunch 2 times this week, I can say that this meal is totally worth checking out. If you have a hankering for some classic food, but are scared of the health issues that come along with eating some foods that are not the best for you this is an awesome option. I hope you all enjoy this meal.
Now on to the Peruvian blue potatoes
Peruvian blue potatoes are one of the many varieties of potato that can be found these days in catalogs and marketplaces. While very popular in South America they are less common than standard potatoes in the US. They are similar in all ways to the average potato except in color which makes them excellent if you’re trying to make colorful chips, fancy mashed potatoes or multi-color French fries after growing them. Many different sources of blue potatoes yield slightly different skin colors and internal colors, These purple-fleshed potatoes have a medium starch content, so they’re good all-purpose potatoes. They tend to get mushy if they’re over-cooked. Substitutes: Yukon Gold OR Yellow Finn
Hope you all enjoyed my first post on here. I usually play Chef as the wife plays Writer. I am guessing you all would prefer for it to stay this way.