Sunday, April 7, 2013

A Make Ahead Dinner

Now that I work work about 50 hours a week (if I am lucky), I love preparing meals on Sunday to have later in the week. It is cheaper and healthier than fast food.

One of the meals I like to make is Weight Watcher's Shepard Pie. What is also great about this recipe is the kids love chopping the vegetables and cooking the meat. 

Weight Watcher's Shepard's Pie

2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces (es)
1/4 cup nonfat sour cream
1 tablespoon reduced-calorie margarine
1/8 teaspoon table salt
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup onion (chopped)
2 medium carrots (diced)
2 medium celery ribs, diced
1 lb uncooked ground turkey breast
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups canned chicken broth or 2 cups beef broth


1     Preheat oven to 400ºF.
2     Place potatoes in a large saucepan and pour in enough water to cover potatoes. Set pan over high heat and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer 10 minutes, until potatoes are fork-tender. Drain potatoes, transfer to a large bowl and add sour cream and margarine; mash until smooth, season to taste with salt and set aside.
3     Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots and celery; cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add turkey and cook until browned, breaking up the meat as it cooks, about 5 minutes. Add flour, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper; stir to coat. Add broth and bring to a simmer; simmer until mixture thickens, about 3 minutes.
4     Transfer turkey mixture to a 9-inch, deep-dish pie plate. Spread mashed potatoes over top and using the back of a spoon, make decorative swirls over the top. Bake until potatoes are golden, about 30 minutes. Slice into 6 pieces and serve.

I keep the potatoes and meat mixture separate until I am ready to bake it.

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Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

Your kids told me they loved this!

Mr. Nurman said...

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