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Easy Shepherds Pie

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I use to never make Shepherds pie because it can be kind of a complex recipe. This recipe I cam up with is actually very easy to make and is delicious! I highly recommend trying it if you haven’t before! Shepherds pie is such a perfect comfort food and even picky eaters love it. Enjoy.

Easy Shepherds Pie

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 lb Ground Beef
  • 4 cups Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 Onion, diced 4
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 12 oz Frozen Peas and Carrots, thawed
  • Salt and Pepper to taste 3

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and add ground beef, onion and garlic. 5
  3. Cook until browned and drain.
  4. In another skillet or pan, melt butter and add flour.
  5. Cook roux for 2 minutes.
  6. Whisk in worcestershire and milk.
  7. Cook for 1 minute to thicken.
  8. Combine beef mixture, gravy and thawed vegetables.
  9. Place in baking dish. 6
  10. Top with mashed potatoes and place in oven for 20-30 minutes until heated through. 7
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Crock Pot Rustic Beef Stew

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Beef Stew is so good any time of the year. We love making it for dinner and then having leftovers for lunch the next day. You can serve this with sandwiches, by itself, with bread, etc. Believe it or not, this recipe is quite easy to make and pretty healthy for you. I make mine in the crock pot to make it even easier. Enjoy!

Rustic Beef Stew

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 pounds Beef Roast, cubed
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp minced Garlic
  • 1 Bay Leaves
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large Onion, chopped
  • 2 cups Beef Broth
  • 1 lb Potatoes cubed
  • 1 lb Baby Carrots 3
  • 2 stalks Celery, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Brown Gravy mix
  • 2 cup Water 2

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place meat in slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, and pepper; pour over meat, and stir to coat meat with flour mixture.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients. 4
  4. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 4 to 6 hours.
  5. Remove bay leaf before serving. 5
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Homemade Cheez-Its

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Homemade Cheez-Its

Talk about a delicious recipe…these Homemade Cheez-Its are one of my favorite snacks to munch on and the kids love them! Even better, these are much healthier for you than the store bought ones. Just be sure to make enough because they won’t last long.

If you love cheesy snacks then I highly recommend trying this one out! ;-) Enjoy…

Homemade Cheez-Its

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Ingredients: 

  • 8 oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 tbsp cold Butter cut into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp Shortening
  • 1 tsp Kosher or Sea Salt
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 tbsp Ice Cold Water

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What to do:

  1. Blend the cheese, butter, shortening and salt together on medium low speed in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer.
  2. Add the flour and mix on low to incorporate (the dough will be dry).
  3. Slowly add the water just until the dough comes together in a lump. 2
  4. Form into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 375.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Flour your work area and roll out the dough very thin (less than 1/8″).
  8. Use a pastry cutter to cut into 1″ squares and use a skewer or toothpick to put a hole in the center of each. 3
  9. Transfer to prepared baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until light brown at the edges.
  11. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool.

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Copycat Panera Autumn Squash Soup

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I love soup all year long but it’s especially good in the cold winter months. This Copycat Panera Autumn Squash Soup is super easy to make and in my opinion tastes just as good as the kind at Panera! It’s got just enough seasoning, salt and flavor with a hint of pumpkin and squash. It’s a good mix of salty and sweet! Enjoy…

Copycat Panera Autumn Squash Soup

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Butternut Squash
  • 1 small Onion
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 15 oz Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 cup Vegetable Broth
  • 1 1/2 cup Apple Cider
  • 1 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1/4 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • Pumpkin Seeds (for garnish) 3

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Peel and seed squash and cut into chunks.
  3. Peel and quarter onion
  4. Toss squash and onion in olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Cook for 20 minutes. 2
  6. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes.
  7. Puree in blender or food processor.
  8. In a large sauce pan, combine squash puree, pumpkin puree, vegetable broth, apple cider and cream. 4
  9. Bring to a low boil over medium heat.
  10. Add honey and spices and simmer for 10 minutes.
  11. Garnish with pumpkin seeds.

Copycat Panera Autumn Squash Soup

Copycat Panera Autumn Squash Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 Butternut Squash
  • 1 small Onion
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 15 oz Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 cup Vegetable Broth
  • 1 1/2 cup Apple Cider
  • 1 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1/4 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • Pumpkin Seeds (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Peel and seed squash and cut into chunks.
  3. Peel and quarter onion
  4. Toss squash and onion in olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Cook for 20 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes.
  7. Puree in blender or food processor.
  8. In a large sauce pan, combine squash puree, pumpkin puree, vegetable broth, apple cider and cream.
  9. Bring to a low boil over medium heat.
  10. Add honey and spices and simmer for 10 minutes.
  11. Garnish with pumpkin seeds.
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20 Delicious Weight Watchers Meals

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Weight Watchers recipes

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Want to start eating healthier but without the “diet food taste”?! If so, you will love this list below of 20 delicious and easy to make Weight Watchers meals!

  1. Pepperoni Pizza Muffins Recipe ~Mommy Enterprises
  2. Beef Teriyaki and Vegetables ~A Family Feast
  3. A New Pizza – No Sauce and a Light Crust ~Snack Girl
  4. Bubble Up Enchilada Casserole ~Emily Bites
  5. Sausage & Pepper Pasta ~Butter with a Side of Bread
  6. Grilled Ribeyes with Chimichurri ~Slender Kitchen
  7. The You-Don’t-Need-to-go-out-for-a-Great-Salad Salad ~Green Lite Bites
  8. Sweet and Sour Shrimp Stir-Fry ~A Family Feast
  9. Skinny Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry ~ Skinny Kitchen
  10. Thai Crunch Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing ~Dashing Dish
  11. Sesame Chicken ~Slender Kitchen
  12. Weight Watchers Homemade Chicken Fajitas ~Healthy Mom on the Run
  13. Weight Watchers Mexican Chicken Chili ~3 Boys and a Dog
  14. Weight Watchers BBQ Cheese Meatloaf ~Healthy Mom on the Run
  15. DIY Waffle Taco ~ Snack Girl
  16. Oven Baked Skinny Shredded Barbeque Chicken Sandwiches ~ Skinny Kitchen
  17. Clean Eating Taco Burgers ~Dashing Dish
  18. Cheeseburger Hash Brown Cups ~Emily Bites
  19. A 100 Calorie Pizza That Will Rock Your Sox ~Snack Girl
  20. Vidalia Onion Bake ~Dine and Dish
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Spicy Pumpkin Soup

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Spicy Pumpkin Soup

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I love hearty soup..it’s so much better than plain old broth soup. It’s hearty, warms your stomach and fills you up quickly. I like making this soup all year long but it’s my favorite during the fall and Winter when it’s cold outside and I can eat it by the fireplace. ;-) You can use fresh Pumpkin or just use canned Pumpkin which is a little easier. Enjoy…

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Diced Onion
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 30 oz Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • Toasted Pumpkin Seeds (garnish) 4

Directions:

  1. In a large pot or stockpot, sautee onions in oil and butter until tender.
  2. Add minced garlic and cook another minute. 3
  3. Add the pumpkin, chicken stock, brown sugar, salt and spices.
  4. Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes.
  5. Blend the soup using an immersion blender or in batches in a regular blender.2
  6. Return the mixture to the pot and add the heavy cream.
  7. Cook for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds, croutons and/or drizzle of heavy cream.

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Diced Onion
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 30 oz Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • Toasted Pumpkin Seeds (garnish)

Instructions

  1. In a large pot or stockpot, sautee onions in oil and butter until tender.
  2. Add minced garlic and cook another minute.
  3. Add the pumpkin, chicken stock, brown sugar, salt and spices.
  4. Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes.
  5. Blend the soup using an immersion blender or in batches in a regular blender.
  6. Return the mixture to the pot and add the heavy cream.
  7. Cook for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds, croutons and/or drizzle of heavy cream.
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