1lb of ground beef -cooked (to your own taste) mixed with 1 cup of tomato sauce and 1 cup of water.
1 package of mixed vegetables (steamed ahead of time or microwaved for 5 minutes just to thaw it)
1 box of garlic mashed potatoes (follow directions on box, and prepare in a bowl set aside)
1/2 package of shredded cheese
Himalayan salt/pepper/red chili powder, 2 Tbsp olive oil
1. In a large fry pan, add the vegetables (already steamed) to the pan with the oil, and cook on medium-high heat until soft. Then add Himalayan pink salt, red chili powder to your own taste.
2. Preheat oven to 450’F, in a large casserole dish, add the cooked ground beef -tomato sauce-with water. spread it across.
3. Add the cooked veggies on top.
4. Add the mashed potatoes on top, spreading it across evenly
5. Add the shredded cheese on top.
6. Cover in foil, and cook for 30 minutes. Remove foil, and set temperature to Broil, and watch carefully, as now you’re just waiting for the cheese to melt, and turn a golden light brown color. I repeat, watch carefully. DO NOT let it burn.
7. Remove from oven, and serve and enjoy!
This is AMAZING, goes really well with the Fruit Salad I made along side with it to accompany it.
The recipe for the fruit salad is simple;
1 chopped tomato, handful of chopped celery and carrots, with 1 chopped apple.
that’s it. very simple and easy. You can add whatever you want to the salad, black pepper, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, sumac, olive oil or just on its own.
Let me share with you the story behind this, or how this came to be for tonight’s dinner;
The ground beef was made earlier yesterday, and usually i’ll throw it together in an enchiladas or tortillas wrapped up with this and cheese, quesadillas or some style like that in parathas. However, my kids wanted dinner, and I had to go to my workout class. With about 45 minutes to spare, I quickly did a scan of what we had ingredients, and what I could whip up really quickly that something that they would love to eat, and would come back for seconds.
I’m not sure what inspired me, or pushed me but the shepherd’s pie recipe just spoke to me, DO THIS ONE! And I looked to see if we had the ingredients, we did. I got excited as I took out the casserole dish, and took the frozen veggies out, and threw it into a large microwavable bowl, then added some water and zapped it for about 5 minutes, yes just 5 minutes.
Then I added it to the pan, with the ingredients above and as that was cooking.
Then, I looked and saw the ground beef and heated that up for about 3 minutes to loosen it up from the refrigerator, and then mixed it with tomato sauce, and the water til it was saucy.
I spread it across the bottom of the casserole dish., then added the veggies and other layers on top.
As the meal was cooking, I kept looking at the time and hoping that I would make it to the class on time. And as time as it would, I just had a few mins to spare as the meal was broiling and cheese was melting and I kept zipping back and forth to quickly set the table, and letting the kids know I was heading out to my workout class, and checking to see where my daughter was, in the front riding bikes with her friends.
It was funny, as I pulled it out of the oven, set it down, and yes I tried a bite to see how it was, before I called the kids down to say it was ready.
It was amazing! but I saw I only had 2 minutes to spare before the class would actually start and grabbed my cup as I filled it with water and ice and then grabbed my shoes on and headed out the door. :)
I came home after my workout and saw that the kids had already ate, as their plates were scraped clean and laid near the dishwasher/sink. and saw a quarter of the casserole dish was already gone. My daughter and I grabbed our plates and gave it a quick re-heat and started eating.
Let’s just say it was a HUGE Hit, as she loved it and happily took 2nd’s as so did I. I know! I know! But OMG! It was just fantastic! You just had to be there and see how good it smelled. and the salad was amazing too, great compliment to go along with this. My dad had came home and also loved it.
I told the kids this would be their lunch tomorrow for school, and they happily agreed with me. I know if you guys try making this for yourself you too will have amazing results, and a great hit with your kids.
Let me know, if you tried making a version of this, and if it is similar to how I made mine?
Feel free to share below in the comments.