Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Instant Pot Shepherd's Pie

I looked at a few different recipes to figure out liquid ratios and cook time and figured out how to make my Shepherd's pie in the Instant pot last night. :) It turned out really well. I'm fairly new to the instant pot so there might be an easier way of doing this but this worked for me. :) I've tried other methods and the meat wasn't cooked nicely. :)

1 lb ground beef
2 1/2 lbs potatoes - quartered
3/4 cup + 1/2 cup chicken bone broth
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp margarine
1 cup green beans

1) Saute ground beef until cooked.
2) Remove ground beef from inner pot, set aside.
3) Pour 3/4 cup chicken bone broth into inner pot.
4) Place potatoes pieces into pot.
5) Pour ground beef over top.
6) Pour in 1/2 cup chicken bone broth.
7) Pressure cook for 15 minutes.
8) Cook green beans in preferred manner. I microwaved.
9) Quick release.
10) Moving ground beef to the side as much as possible, mash potatoes and add margarine, salt and pepper. Stir together mixture with Instant pot paddle.
11) Add green beans, stir if desired.
12) Serve. Add ketchup if desired.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Rice and Beef Casserole

1 cup uncooked White rice
Garlic oil (used 1 clove of garlic and one tbsp Becel Vegan margarine (fried garlic clove in margarine for 3 minutes, discarded clove, kept oil)
1 lb ground beef
1/4 tsp oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup tomato passata
1 cup water
Shredded Cheddar Cheese (optional)

1) Preheat oven to 350F
2) Pour rice into bottom of casserole dish, pour garlic oil over rice and stir.
3) Add the next 5 ingredients in order.
4) Cook for 1 hour, checking temperature for doneness (should be minimum 160F)
5) Sprinkle with Shredded Cheddar Cheese if desired.
6) Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Turkey Meatballs

Since pinning is not working properly on Pinterest tonight and I don't want to forget the recipe modifications I made, this seemed like the best option. My modifications make this safe for someone with Celiac disease and on a low fodmap diet.

The Original recipe was found at:

Modified ingredients:
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups Rice Chex, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/8 tsp Oregano
  • cloves garlic cooked in 2 tbsp of Olive oil for 2 minutes and then discarded, keeping the oil.
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 jar of Tomato Passata
  • 3/4 cup water

  1. In a large bowl, mix ground turkey, bread crumbs, chili powder until uniform. Form mixture into meatballs about 2 inches in diameter. (Makes 14)
  2. Place meatballs in crock of slow cooker. Add garlic oil, and spinach then pour tomato passata and water over top.
  3. Cover slow cooker and cook on low for about 3 hours on high or until meatballs are cooked through and tender.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Southwestern Rice Goulash

1 lb ground beef
16oz diced tomatoes
1/3 cup frozen corn
2/3 cup green beans (I used french cut)
1/2 tsp cumin
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup uncooked rice
2 cups chicken broth

1) Brown ground beef
2) Add diced tomatoes, corn, green beans, cumin, salt and pepper.
3) Add half the chicken broth.
4) Add uncooked rice and stir together.
5) Add remaining chicken broth.
6) Bring to a boil.
7) Turn down to simmer and simmer for 20 minutes.
8) Stir and serve.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Chili Pasta

I'm going to start out by saying this is not my photo, I found a stock photo of pasta with tomato sauce as a sort of place holder. Hopefully I'll remember to take a photo next time we eat this.

Last night I made Chili pasta for dinner. I basically took 2 recipes and smushed them together and got this. . .and my husband said "you have to make this again" so, despite the kids complaining because they hate tomatoes, I'm putting it up on this blog so I can find it later.

I'm on a gluten free, dairy free, low fodmap diet so if you don't have to worry about avoiding onions or garlic you could probably replace the tomato passata with tomato sauce.

8oz (half a bag) Rizopia rice pasta
1 lb ground beef
1/2 tbsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp kosher salt
pepper to taste
1 cup tomato passata
14oz diced tomatoes

1) Cook pasta.
2) When there is about 10 minutes left on the pasta start cooking the ground beef.
3) When the ground beef is browned add the spices, salt and pepper.
4) Add tomato passata and diced tomatoes.
5) Cook until the pasta is ready, worked out to about 5 minutes.
6) Mix in pasta and serve.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

First Day Recap. . .and more lunch. . .

So we survived the first day back to school! Yay!

I really hate the first day because generally speaking it feels incredibly unorganized and hectic. There are tonnes of parents and kids all squished into a small space together who are all trying to figure out who their child's teacher is at the same time through some lists that are posted to the wall of the school 15 minutes before the bell is scheduled to ring. Personally it makes me feel claustrophobic and I'm sure it doesn't do anything for my daughter's anxiety levels either.

On the bright side, we found our list relatively quickly this year and then E's teacher who she luckily recognized in the school yard.

AND. . .


The last couple of years it has rained on the first day of school and adding umbrellas to all this chaos seems to take crazy to a whole new level.

So, as for lunch. . .

The lunchable was mostly a hit. . .she loved the Kolbassa, the cheese string, apple sauce, popcorn, and juice box. Unfortunately her crackers some how managed to get soggy and she didn't find them very edible. We've decided to try something different for tomorrow. . .

So here goes. . .

For tomorrow's lunch we decided to go with meatballs (President's Choice Blue Menu Gluten Free) and mashed potatoes, baby tomatoes, a Black Diamond Cheese String, a strawberry Iogo yogurt, Tostitos corn chips and a Minute Maid Fruit Punch.

Hopefully everything will taste good by lunch time.

Guess we'll see. . .

Monday, September 4, 2017

Another School Year Begins. . .

Our eldest starts grade 3 tomorrow! It's hard to believe that, considering it feels like she just started Junior Kindergarten yesterday!  She has her clothes laid out for tomorrow, lunch has been packed and is waiting to add to her new backpack by the front door.

She went with a purple and blue American girl backpack this year, she said she didn't want a character, but she did choose a princess lunch box and found matching accessories, such as a pencil case and erasers, so she's not all grown up quite yet.

 The more she grows up the more I notice that she wants to be like her friends. A lot of them apparently bring Lunchables for lunch but Lunchables contain gluten and, due to her having Celiac disease, are not an option for her. So I did the next best thing. I made a home made "Lunchable" for tomorrow.  Her version may be a little bit healthier, though honestly I think it's debatable so don't feel bad if your kid is eating the name brand. lol

Our "Lunchable" knock off includes Rice Crackers (Hot Kid Brand), Piller's Turkey Kolbassa, Black Diamond Cheese string, Act 2 Microwave popcorn, President's Choice Strawberry Applesauce, and a Five Alive juice box.

Hopefully it's as much of a hit as my 71/2 year old expects. She's quite excited for lunch tomorrow and of course nervous and excited to start a new school year.

We'll find out officially at 8:45am tomorrow who her new teacher will be. Here's hoping it's a good one!