Shepherd's Pie, loaded with veggies.
This is my take on the classic Shepherd's Pie. A fabulous way to use up those odd veggies that are in your crisper and to bulk nutrients into daily vegetable intake.
From a young age when our children could understand, we spoke about eating colourings like the rainbow. Children are so quick to notice rainbows, to see how there faces light up when they spot a rainbow and to feel the children energy is a great tool to encourage them to eat vegetables. I worked with what nature as inspiration, as I do and now even at the age of 10 and 12 my children eat their vegetables, ok brussel sprouts are a challenge. Our children were involved in chipping in to help, weather picking garden produce, peeling or simply reaching out to get that specific ingredient at the greengrocer.
I picked up a packet of Nutra Organics Bone Broth when I made a delivery to Sistermixin this week and I was very eager to to start using the bone broth. Matt had already expressed that he was craving my version of Shepherd's Pie.
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I do encourage, as you run out of items to replace with better choices internal, external as well as cleaning products, much simpler and economical way. Those sometimes food are ok. That's what I love about Sistermixin, similar to our family values we eat clean whole foods 98% daily and limit the sometimes foods. I've never been fond of people encouraging to take out whole foods groups or be extreme. Trust yourself, trust your truth and use information or opinions to guide you.
My recipe makes two big dishes. I love and have to batch cook, makes menu planning so much more easier.
Use whatever vegetables you have. The only thing you need to be mindful about is to cook hard veggies first, like carrot & celery. I always find it easier to chop & place veggies on a platter then take to stove. 2nd photo can you see that I have placed in order of cooking, first to last? On the right of the platter onions will go in first followed by carrot & celery.
I've used rainbow chard, kale as well as broccoli stalks. Please don't throw out the stems and stalks, slice them thin. They are packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals. People often throw out stalks, slice thin add to your stir fry and soups!
I picked our own kale and rainbow chard, so easy to grow. The broccoli stalks need to cook a lil longer.
800gms mince ( I use grass fed )
1600gms mixed chopped vegetable
3 tsps Nutra Organic Bone Broth
3 cups water
3 tbls cornflour or arrowroot
1. In a medium pot put on low to medium heat, place 2 tbl of oil and add onions, cook gently without colour, stirring. Add pinch of salt to extract flavour out.
2. Turn the heat up medium to high heat, brown your mince breaking the mince down with your spatular.
3. Add hard vegetable. Carrots, celery, broccoli, sweet potato & cauliflower stalks. Stir & let cook for 5 mins.
4. Add your cauliflower & broccoli florets as well as zucchini. Stir throughout.
5. Add 3tsp of Nutra Organics Bone Broth, stir through. The add 3 cups of water. Let it simmer for 10 mins, lid off. You can peel potatoes to make mash in this time.
6. Mix 3tbl of cornflour/arrowroot with 150mls water, add and mix. Once a little thicker( 3 mins) turn stove off and add peas, rainbow chard, kale or any soft leaf vegetable. Mix through, the heat will wilt the leafy veggies.
7. Divide mixture into 2 heat proof dishes.
8. Boil potatoes and make your mash.
9. Top mince and vegetable mixture with mash and use a fork to rough up the mash.
10. Preheat oven to 180deg. Place Shepherd's Pie middle rack until golden top. For extra crunchy bits, place under grill until crispy brown on top. We all love crispy bits.
Your second dish, allow to cool. Wrap and place in freezer with label and date. I don't freeze potato.
Plenty of left overs for lunches or next nights dinner, YUM.
By adding Nutra organics bone broth, your supporting gut health, say goodbye to msg stock cubes and the likes! Protein from beef mince AND most colours of the rainbow in one dish.
I would love to see what veggies you have used. Please hashtag #roarliving on Instagram or Facebook or simply send it to me.
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