I originally made a version of this recipe many years ago, using a Weight Watchers Recipe called Texas Shepherd’s Pie. Since then I have adjusted to suite my needs and tastes. I like to think that my version of Shepherd’s Pie would fit into both the Paleo diet and the Clean Eating diet, however as I am not actively pursuing either of these diets, you will have to let me know. Although I should confess that my style of cooking doesn’t always include measurements, and sometimes (read often) I will grade up additional vegetables that I have in my fridge and add them…
I live along and love the convenience of freezer meals. I just don’t like the price, nutritional value, or selection. So I also like to break things up into single servings, and freeze them.
So here is the first recipe I have shared on the blog. Please be aware that although I am not a professional cook, this recipe has been tried by myself.
Because I’m kind of a lazy, no fuss, forget about it kind of cook I tend to use my crock pot A LOT.
For this recipe you will need your crock pot, a food processor (a grader will work) and a potato masher.
Add all of the following to the crock pot.
1 Lb. of ground beef, pre-browned
1 or 2 onions, roughly chopped
2 to 3 Celery stalks, roughly chopped
2 to 4 Carrots, shredded
1 cup Zucchini, shredded
Handful of Broccoli, shredded
Handful of Cauliflower, shredded
4 to 5 Garlic Cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon of fennel seeds
3 cups of Salsa
Cook on High for 2 to 3 hours, adding extra salsa as needed.
Divide it into separate dishes with about 1 cup of “meat” mixture in each dish.
Dice and cook a large (about the size of your head) sweet potato/yam, and mash.
Cover meat mixture with about 1/2 inch of sweet potatoes.
At this point you can freeze each individual serving, or serve as is (everything is cooked, and should be warm).
From the frozen state, I like to cook it at 350 for 30 minutes, you can however throw it in the microwave until it is heated through.
So, how’d I do? How was my first recipe on the blog?
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