Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Shepherds Pie

1 lb ground beef
1/4 cup flour + salt and pepper
1 onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
500ml can of Guinness or other dark beer
1 cups beef broth
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried thyme
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp butter
8 oz package brown or white mushrooms
Garlic mashed potatoes

Cook ground beef. Drain. Add chopped onion, carrot, garlic, salt and pepper to pan; cook over medium heat until softened, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with flour. Cook for a few minutes and gradually add beer and broth. Bring to boil and add Worcestershire sauce, parsley, thyme and bay leaf. Cover and cook until thickened. Fry mushrooms and butter until browned and add to beef mixture. Spread in casserole dish and top with garlic mashed potatoes. Bake at 350F for 30-45 minutes until top is lightly browned.
Add some black beans for extra fiber and change of pace. Why not? And peas if you like them 😢

Garlic Mashed Potatoes
5-6 medium potatoes cooked with 3 bulbs garlic
1/4 cup milk
2 egg yolks
2 tbsp parmesan
salt and pepper 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Lemon Drop Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour (sifted)
⅛ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cups icing sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
zest of one large lemon

Beat butter, icing sugar and salt until fluffy. Beat in lemon juice and lemon zest until blended. Add the flour in ½ cup intervals beating until blended. Roll into 1" balls. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 325F until cookies are lightly browned on the bottom.

Immediately toss in icing sugar. Repeat for a second dredging. Alternatively, mix icing sugar with lemon juice to make a light icing and top each cookie.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Blueberry Cake

2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup milk
2 cups blueberries
Topping: 
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter. 
Cream sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla; add milk; add dry ingredients, spread half the batter, spoon blueberries over batter. Spread rest of batter over blueberries. Mix topping and put on top of batter. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Granola

4 c large rolled oats
3/4 c sunflower seeds
2 cup nuts (pecans, almonds)
1/2 c maple syrup
1/2 c vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
Mix together in roasting pan and bake for about 30-45 minutes at 325 - stirring when you think of it!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Chicken with Maple Dijon Sauce

2 tbsp Dijon mustard
4 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp garlic olive oil
1/2 tsp crushed rosemary
Salt and pepper
4 chicken breasts
Mix first 4 ingredients. Salt and pepper both sides of chicken breast. Line a 9x11 casserole dish with parchment or foil. Arrange breasts. Coat all over with sauce. Bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes til cooked through. Slice in strips and spoon any remaining sauce over chicken.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Burrito Bowls

Layer the following:
Rice
Black beans
Shredded cheese
Salsa
Tomatoes (diced)
Lettuce (shredded)
Onions (diced or sliced green onions)
Cilantro
Peppers (diced)
Hot peppers
Protein: Chicken, Fish, Beef...


Wrap all in a tortilla or serve with Nacho chips.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Steak Marinade

2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
Beef steak


Combine all in a ziplock back and marinate for a few hours or overnight. Grill. Slice into thin slices. Serve with roasted potatoes and vegetables (peppers, onions, garlic, zucchini, mushrooms)