Sunday, September 4, 2011

Shepherd's Pie...with Biscuits!

Shepherd's pie is wonderful. It's a clean-out your fridge and feel really good about yourself kind of dish. And from the traditional mashed potatoes to random drop biscuits, the toppings are endless!

Dice and saute the following veggies:
1 Onion
4 Carrots
2 Celery Ribs
1 Sweet Potato

Add 1 pound ground meat (I guessed it...ground venison). Once the meat is browned, add 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms.

Cook for about 5 more minutes, and then stir in about 1/4 cup flour. Slowly add about 2 cups beef broth, and a couple dashes each of Worcestershire and hot sauce. Add 1/2 to 1 cup frozen peas, and then season with salt and pepper. Simmer to thicken the mixture while you mix up your favorite biscuit mix. It could be a boxed mix, or just a simple recipe, like...

2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and then cut in 4 Tablespoons butter. Stir in 3/4 cups milk just until everything is moistened.

Whatever biscuit recipe you use, once it is mixed up, here are your next steps: Pour the meat and veggie mixture into a large casserole, and then drop spoonfuls or pieces of biscuit dough. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20-30 minutes, watching the biscuits to make sure they don't get too brown. I like to cook mine on the longer side because I like my veggies pretty tender.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Quinoa with Sausage and Beans

Here's another quinoa recipe! If you haven't tried this delightful grain-like complete protein yet, please do so!

Slice sausage of your choice and cook in olive oil in a large pot. Once cooked, add 2 cups quinoa, 1 can light kidney beans (drained and rinsed), 1 can great northern beans (drained and rinsed), 2 cups chicken broth, 1/4 cup bbq sauce, and a dash of hot sauce. Bring to a boil and then transfer to a baking dish. Put in 400 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed.