Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Favourite Foods 1- Shepherd's Pie

A friend asked me to blog about the food that the twins and Muffin eat. It was to give her some idea of what to feed her kids.

It would also serve as a record for the kids of their favourite meals as young kids so I thought that it wasn't too bad an idea.

I'm hoping to be able to come up with 7 easy to cook meals that they like.

This one is Shepherd's Pie. For the record, only Evan and Muffin like it now. Jordan has decided she is not keen on it. The boys like it because of the copious amount of potato and beef in it. Jordan likes her food more Asian and noodle-ly.

Shepherd's Pie is what we make if we need to boys to eat in a hurry. And the added advantage is that it is an easy meal to make as well.

1-2 Russet Potatoes. (Only russets because they bake well and are not too sweet)
Pumpkin/ Squash
(I usually pick what is in the fridge and what needs to be cleared out. Usually it will be 3 vegetables)
Minced beef (100-150gm)
Minced garlic
Fresh milk
Oregano and other herbs (optional- dependent on whether children are open to eating herb-y food)
Shredded cheese (if available)

1. Quarter potatoes and boil till soft.
2. Set aside and use pot to cook the other ingredients.
3. Fry garlic with olive oil and then add in other vegetables to simmer till soft.
4. A minute before the fire gets turned off, add in minced beef to cook. Turn off fire when everything is cooked.
5. Mash potatoes with a fork, mixing in some milk to make it creamy and smooth.
6. Lay ingredients on a baking dish and plaster the potato on the top. Use fork to rough up potato so that there are peaks and it will crisp.
7. Sprinkle the cheese over the potato and bake it in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius till brown.
8. Keep warm in oven till ready to eat.

The shepherd's pie that was remaining in the container after Muffin finished his lunch was polished off by an Evan who eats adult sized portions. He follows his father, in terms of appetite and love for meat and spuds!

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