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Pesto Rice & Chunks of meat

so, i made another creation…
i was flying by the seat of my pants ((seriously… what does that even mean?!?!?!))
and hoping to god it came out ok, cuz we’d ordered pizza the night before, and i didn’t want to have to order something again… haha!!
and it did!!! i was pleasantly surprised!! even husband and m/i/l liked it… yay!! 🙂
so.
i cooked up some jasmine rice.
– ya know … 1 1/2 cups chicken broth and 1 cup rice… bring it to a boil, and then lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes
make some pesto while that’s simmering…
i threw the following in my little food processor (my little one!!!)
a big bunch of basil
2 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sour cream
salt & pepper to taste

you can probably follow whatever pesto recipe you like… i found one and tweaked it — cuz —–duh!! that’s what i do!

for the “chunks of meat”
i would maaaayyyybbbbeeeee call these meatballs… but… that just didn’t sound right… altho — chunks of meat doesn’t sound good either… and i probably would crumble it up instead of making meatballs if i were to make it again.
but — i used some lamb burgers that i got from the farmers market… they were a mixture of ground lamb and ground bacon. . . i wasn’t going to try these… i really wasn’t… and i was kind of upset b/c husband said he hated lamb … AFTER… i bought them… his mom said he’d love it… haha!!!
he said it’s too gamey…
but, anyways
i got 2 hamburger patties, and just tore those apart and rolled them into balls… like i said, i’d just crumble it up and brown it next time (if there IS a next time)
you can probably use hamburger, or ground turkey or ground chicken…
i think the little balls tho gives it character… so … hmm… maybe i won’t just crumble it…
anyways i took all those little balls, threw in a tablespoon of olive oil, altho, i probably didn’t even need that… and i cooked those babies up…
the rice was done, i threw in the pesto and mixed it around, and then threw that into the mix with the meatballs…
and serve.
nomz. it was actually really good.
— dude… i ate red meat!! wait… is lamb red meat?!?! whatever — i ate something besides chicken!!!! holy whoa… the world is ending!
haha… just kidding. . .
anyways… husband said that it was really good and he couldn’t tell it was lamb… he said probably cutting it with the bacon tempered the gamey-ness out of it…
and m/i/l liked it.. .
so yay! success!!!
but, no pics… oops… it went in my belly much too quickly for that…
HAHA

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Shepherd’s Pie – Modified

so, i have a cookbook that my sister in law bought me one year for christmas that is all things chicken… or all chicken things… and actually – i have two… cuz, well i only eat chicken & turkey… cuz i don’t like beef or pork (save for the occasional bacon…)
anyways, in one of those books is a recipe for Shepherd’s Pie.
and it’s yum. well. sort of… i’ve only ever had it modified… cuz it calls for mushrooms… like a POUND of them…
and i absolutely despise mushrooms…
i don’t eat fungus. yuck. no. ew.
so… when husband made it — that was his modification…
if you know me – or at least have seen my other recipe posts – you will know that i like to modify my recipes.
mess with it a little bit here and there.
so.
i did 🙂
tonight i made my version and it was SO yum

definitely take note: it’s time & labor intensive… and i used 2 pots/pans & a 2 bowls, and a medium glass baking dish… so …
here we go: !!
2 pounds potatoes – peeled & cut into chunks… i used 1 sweet potato & the rest red potatoes
1 tbsp heavy whipping cream, or milk
1 pound ground turkey
1 leek chopped
1 onion chopped
1 green pepper chopped
2 carrots chopped (i actually used a handful of baby carrots…eyeball it or just add as much as you want) ((keep in mind though, if you increase this amount, you’ll have to increase your oil or butter used to saute in))
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup frozen peas
2 tbsp oil/butter/margarine – – i used tastefully simple garlic infused olive oil tonight
1 1/4 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp flour
2 tsp thyme (dried)
1 tsp smoked paprika
3 tbsp bbq sauce
1 tbsp worcestersire sauce
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

prepare your baking dish – i used a 9 x 13 glass one b/c my little pie dish would have been WAYYYY too small – ya know — spray it with non-stick spray or if you wanna be indulgent butter that sucker up… dude, i’m on a diet… no excess butter for me…

boil up those potatoes in order to make some mashed potatoes (most people know how to do this…no details)– what i did since i had the sweet potato and they take a llllllliiiiiiiittttttttttlllllllllllleeeee bit longer to process is cut it up first and throw it in the pot with the water while i cut up my reds

heat up your oil in another pan – saute your carrots for about 5 minutes
after that 5 minutes, add in your onions, leeks, & green peppers… let that brown up nicely
add in your corn & peas and let heat thorougly

at this point my potatoes were done; so i drained them & put them in a big bowl and mashed them up… added 2 tbsp of butter, (yeah there goes the diet aspect right??), 1 tbsp of heavy whipping cream and a few shakes of some parmesan cheese (i know this isn’t called for in the recipe, but seriously — it’s cheese…enough said)
set those aside…

your veggies should be ready to go, so go ahead and dump them in the pot that you used for the potatoes… i had them in a bowl waiting for the stove, and you COULD put them back in there, but you’re gonna wanna use that bowl for the sauce… unless you like to do more dishes than necessary — and my cutting board isn’t large enough to just leave everything on it while i’m chopping…

anyways – now you’re gonna brown up your meat… i read today that the hotter the pan when you put the meat in the less need for a liquid to brown it in… um, i never use a liquid to brown my ground meat in anyways… how bout you?? am i weird??
while you are doing that – go ahead and preheat your oven to 400ºF

as you are browning your meat — throw in the thyme, paprika, and some salt and pepper… i know i didn’t put salt & pepper in the recipe up there. my bad. do it anyways, it’s sitting right next to you so sprinkle some in… oh, i also added some cayenne pepper in – just to add a teensy kick…not lots! cuz i can’t handle lots… but just a small sprinkling…

in between stirring it to brown it up – mix the chicken broth & flour until smooth… set aside.

is your meat brown??

ok – switch it up– that pot that you threw the veggies in? throw your meat in there…

stir everything together – get it nice and mixed up…

add in your bbq sauce (honestly the recipe calls for ketchup{catsup} — i can’t stand that stuff!!! so i use bbq sauce… ), the worcestersire sauce, and the balsamic vinegar

mix it up some more

annnnnd pour in the broth…

you’re gonna let that boil up – stirring occasionally… it’s supposed to thicken up, i have to admit tho — mine never did

go grab your potatoes, have them on standby..

pour your meat & veggie mixture into the prepared dish

spread evenly

take your potatoes and spread them evenly on top of the meat mixture…

i found this to be somewhat difficult… and ended up…… using my hands. it was messy. but yummy

get it as even as you can…

and then — well, then you can stray from your diet just a little bit and top it with some cheese…

cuz — well, who doesn’t like cheese… and i already strayed with the butter in the potatoes

anyways — got that set? throw it in the oven for about 25 minutes…

it’s supposed to brown on top… just a little bit, but mine didn’t… i wonder if it had to do with the sweet potato?? regardless it was still DELICIOUS… yum to the extreme!!!!!!

and i ate way too much for dinner and had to unbutton my pants at work… cuz… i’m a fatty…

haha.

 

anyways… i think i took a pic… but, i don’t have my phone in here, i’ll try to upload it tomorrow… and if i didn’t take a pic, i will… it might not be pretty though, b/c i don’t know how husband stored it when he put it away…

 

so anyways…

make this!

 enjoy it!

~peace

 

 

 

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