Posts Tagged ‘lemon’

Shepherd’s Pie with Indian Flavors

It seems more complicated than it actually is!

Filling Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil of choice
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced (I substituted a zucchini for one carrot this time)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup peas (I substituted 1 cup chopped fresh green beans this time)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup broth (I used 1/2 cup apple juice and 1/2 cup broth this time)
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder

Topping Ingredients:

  • 2lbs potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili sauce

What To Do:

  • Cube the potatoes and boil them in a large pot over medium heat until soft enough to mash.
  • Meanwhile, chop your other veggies.  In a large pan, heat the oil and add the sweet potatoes, carrots, garlic, and green onions.  Saute for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the broth, peas, cilantro, salt, spices, and arrowroot. Cover and cook about 10 minutes.
  • Your potatoes might be done now.  Drain them and add the rest of the ingredients on the list.  Mash very well and set aside (allowing the topping to cool is a good idea).
  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Spread veggie saute in a 9×13 baking pan.
  • Top with mashed potato mix.
  • Bake about 25 minutes, or until the top of the potato mixture turns a very light golden color.

Enjoy!  Use seasonal veggies when you can!


Lemonade for a Hot Day

This makes me wish I had a hammock or a porch swing.

I start with a basic lemonade recipe I got from Bust Magazine, which I totally love.


  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 cups water, divided
  • My additions: 1/4 cup chia seeds, 1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger juice, a sprig of fresh mint

What to do:

  • Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan and heat them on the stove until the sugar dissolves.  Allow to cool.
  • Squeeze your lemons!
  • Put chia seeds in your pitcher with 5 cups of water.  Stir, stir, stir while the seeds hydrate (they’ll be sticky glops if you don’t stir them well).
  • Add the sugar water (simple syrup), lemon juice, ginger juice, and stir well.
  • Serve over ice with a garnish of mint.  Smash the mint into your glass before you drink it.

So refreshing!