Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Homecoming and groceries.

This week is going to be very awesome.  I can run again! Matt is home this week!  And we leave for Denver this weekend, my favorite city in the whole world (at least it is going to be, I've never actually been there for very long)!

Grocery shopping bill for the week:  $33!!!

That includes the ingredients for four dinners + leftovers, 5 lunches, and juice for Matt and I each day this week. 

Bananas are very important to me.  I hoard bananas.

I've been using a recipe for Shepherd's Pie from the Engine 2 recipe book for a while and it's always been a favorite for us but I made some changes for last night's dinner. 

Instead of the mashed potato topping, I baked three sweet potatoes and steamed half a head of cauliflower.  After adding garlic and seasoning I pureed it in the food processor.  A lovely hue of orange which makes me so happy. 

Instead of using "meat" crumbles that the recipe calls for, I cooked some lentils (red and french green) with a ton of kale.  When the lentils were soft, I evaporated much of the moisture and mashed with a spoon in the pot.  That was the first layer.  The next layer was a frozen veggie mix. 

There is something nostalgic about the perfectly cut carrots, corn, and pea mixture.  There wasn't a small bag of this mix at my market so I ended up buying 5 pounds.  Ouy.  Hope I'm feeling nostalgic for a while. 

After spreading the sweet potato mix on top of the fillings I baked the whole pan at 375 for about 30 minutes.  On Matt's I used some Worcestershire and he put some BBQ sauce on his too.  I used hot sauce which was perfect. 

Super veggie packed dinner.

And even though he missed his Dad, he's still a mama's boy.  I sent this to my brother and he said he look dweeby and kind of cross eyed.  I couldn't stop laughing.  He is so precious.  <---Luke, not my brother.

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