OK, so the weather has been a bit gloomy here for the past few days. It’s amazing how the weather can really control your mood sometimes. Three days of gloom makes you wanna curl up, sleep, cry, skip workouts, not water your plants..then BOOM sun is out, cartwheels, corona, smiles, adopt a kid from Cambodia. But I like to punch rainy days in the face with my attitude. I actually enjoy them, they tend to be super productive for me. But if you are in a seasonal depression, you know what’s a great fix? A workout. So don’t use the crap weather as an excuse to skip it. You know exercise releases endorphin’s right? Elevates your mood. It affects the same part of the brain cocaine does. And look how many people are hooked on that shit! So really, all you have to do is start (exercise, not cocaine). And your brain will do the rest. Anyway, here is a great comfort food meal for these gloomy winter days. I made this Sunday and I have to say it came out so frickin good. And I didn’t even think I liked Shepherd’s Pie! Mat, myself and my cousin Don pretty much devoured the plate.
Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
- 2lb 99% lean ground turkey
- 3 carrots chopped
- 3 celery sticks chopped
- 1 1/2 cup corn
- 3 med sweet potato
- 2 T Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cup pasta sauce
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp fresh sage
- 1 tsp fresh rosemary
- 1 tsp paprika
- pepper, salt to taste
- 1/3 cup coconut or almond milk
- 1T butter ( I use earth balance)
- Olive oil or coconut oil
First, peel and chop sweet potatoes. Boil in pot of water until soft. While potatoes cook, coat a saute pan w/ oil, toss in carrots, onions, celery and garlic, cook on med heat until slightly brown, about 10 min. Add turkey meat, cook through. Add corn, chicken broth, Worcestershire, pasta sauce, sage, rosemary, paprika, salt and pepper to taste.
Topping-be sure to strain potatoes well. Then mash sweet potatoes and add milk(can use chicken broth), butter, salt and pepper. Can add more if needed.
Place meat and veggies in a casserole dish, pack down w/ spoon. Top gently with potatoes. Bake in oven at 375 for 30 minutes, I put under broil for last few minutes to brown.
Yum, yum yummers! Fantastic Sunday meal.
OK, so here are some more delicious dishes from our crazy swap. Chrissy V’s BLT Bites were a big hit. Not only did they taste good, but they were so cute!! Great if you really want to impress that mother in-law. To quote Chrissy “They were a bitch to hollow out!” But clearly worth the effort….
- cherry tomatoes
- romaine lettuce
- chipotle reduced fat mayo
- turkey bacon
Hollow tomatoes, place aside upside down to drain. Cook bacon and chop.
Fill tomatoes with a piece of lettuce, dollop of mayo and turkey bacon.
Another really fantastic dish was Margo’s Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip. This was one of those oddly delicious dips. Its more of a salsa than a dessert, so I’d serve as an appetizer. Its color is so festive for a Christmas dish. Don’t let the mix of ingredients fool you this is a must try!
- 1 12oz pack of fresh cranberries
- 1/4 C green onions
- 1/4 C cilantro
- 1 small jalapeno pepper
- 1 1/4 C sugar
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 2T lemon juice
- 1 8oz packages of light cream cheese
- dash of salt
Place cranberries in food processor, you could also chop finely. Then chop green onion, cilantro and jalapeno finely. Leave out seeds from jalapeno. Add peppers to berries along with remaining ingredients w/ exception of cream cheese. Refrigeration for at least 4 hours.
When ready to serve, spread cream cheese into bottom of plate, top with cranberry mixture. Serve immediately w/ choice of crackers. Margo used wheat thins. A.Mazing.
Hey whatta ya know, sun just came out!! Happy Hump Day to all!!
Whats your favorite rainy day activity??