Hina’s World: Recipe: Shepherd’s Pie &; Apple Fruit Salad


Shepherd’s Pie


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.


Hina’s World: Dessert of Fruit Trifle

Welcome everyone!

Hope you guys are having a fantastic day so far and continue to have an incredible week!

Many times when there are dinner parties that we’re hosting; either heading over to a friend’s home; or family friend; or community dinner parties.  I’m usually the one put in charge of making salad, a pasta dish; which would be stir fry noodles/veggies or a pasta/sauce dish.  And a chicken dish, and dessert.

Now depends on what kind of salad, and what kind of pasta and chicken, those can be done on that day of the party, and even up to a few hours before.   However, dessert takes time, and takes planning to do.

If it’s a quick easy dessert, something I can quickly whip out and serve, it’s easy peasy.   However, if it’s something huge, like my “famous Trifle” then, my friend, that takes HOURS, HOURS, even DAYS to prepare.  Well, at least the day before, or a couple of days ago.

See, a few days before, is when I buy all the ingredients I’ll need for this dessert; then I’ll have to plan it out in my head, of how the layers should play out with each layer of layer of jello and pudding, and which cake goes best with it, and which fruit to put on top and how to decorate it.

I did mention to my family; most people will dig down and serve themselves this delicious dessert; but some that are dessert hungry will just slop down on the top layers, leaving the bottom layers behind.  Which is what happened tonight;    Some people totally missed the bottom layer, as they didn’t want to dig that far down into the bowl, or they just didn’t know they could take more.

Either way; this turned out to be a huge success, as the ladies/kids loved it.  And, yes I made two bowls of this; one using a trifle bowl, another using a punch bowl.  Both work good.   Trifle I can easily add in 4-6 layers, whereas the punch bowl, I can do at least 7-10 layers on it.     Well watch this 15 second video of the quick steps.   I tried to do a video of it slower; but here’s the quick version of it.   The instructions step by step though is below in my previous blog entry of this dish:  Fruit Trifle

Check my previous blog for instructions on how to make your own Fruit Trifle:    Click link below to get there or type in the Search box to your left on Trifle; of all the trifles I’ve made in the past, over the years, as they vary.


Trifle has always been a tradition of mine, to always work with layer of layer of jello, pudding, jello, pudding.  The color of the jello changes, with each layer and the pudding.

Usually it’s Pistachio pudding I’m using, and usually it’s fruit mixed in with the pudding, and cake pieces (baked) mixed with the jello.

My trick is I’ll lay the cake pieces into the bowl, then pour the hot jello into the bowl, over the cake pieces.  yes, while it’s still hot, over the cake pieces.  Then immediately refrigerate it for a couple of hours, while the jelly sets.

Once it sets, then it means the 2nd layer can go on, whether you add on another layer of jello or add a layer of pudding.

My style of way though is if the cake pieces are not fully emerged into the jello of the 1st layer.  Then you can certainly add the 2nd layer of jello, pick a different flavor/color to go over on top.   you will see from a clear dish though, the colors, and layers on top of each other.

As well as the cake pieces inside, with the color.  Plus the cake pieces will also turn into the jello flavor, and especially if you manage to get 2-3 different flavors of jello into the cake it looks pretty neat.

With the pudding, this sets quickly so you need to have all your things available within reach and close to you, so the can of crushed pineapples (drained) should be close by, so as you are quickly whisking away the pudding.   You can add this in, and then pour it over on top of the jello,

Then let that set.  Pudding sets fast, but You still need to cool it down before you add another layer on top of that.  I usually recommend a good 3-4 hours for each jello layer, and an hour or even 2 hours for the pudding to set, especially if you want it to be really good.

Another is, adding the cool whip at the end, and decorating it with the fruit/berries on top.  This can vary from mixed berries of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherries, grapes, kiwis, pineapple bits or slices, and banana slices, and tangerines or clementines.    It’s all up to you as it’s a Fruit Trifle, so add variety and decorate it all around nicely.

There is another version of Trifle that I made which consists of chocolate, yep chocolate brownie, chocolate pudding, and smarties, and M&M pieces in it, oooooh and oreo cookies crumbs and cookies in it.        Be sure to check out that recipe too on my blog here;


Thanks for viewing my page, feel free to like, comment, and share this with others.  Especially if you have any questions on this; I’d love to help you out.    I’ll be attempting to make other Trifles of other versions, I’ve done the Mango Surprise, and Pineapple Surprise Trifle, and will be looking into trying other additional techniques for this.

Thanks again and have an incredible week!