A Pie Fit For a Shepherd

I felt very tired when I woke up today and would have liked to stay in bed but there was too much to do.  First of all, before I even had a cup of tea, I started making a shepherd’s pie.

How I wished I was relaxing in bed with my kindle and a cuppa, gently easing myself in to a day of gardening.

My little man, who rarely complains, did point out the other day that he had not chosen dinner for a long time.  It is true.  Before I embarked on my healthy eating regime,  we used to discuss what to eat and choose together but now I tend to decide.  So I asked what he wanted and he decided on shepherd’s pie.  If that is what my son wants, then that is what my son gets.

Can you see what these are?  I like the photo round at quiz nights 🙂

Yes, a stack of foil cartons.  Working Mother’s guilty conscience was in over drive so I made shepherd’s pie for supper tonight plus 5 more for the freezer for midweek suppers.

While I was boiling potatoes and frying the carrots, leeks and onions,

Harvey, who is nearly 10 years old (he asked me to point that out), made himself a delicious smoothie which I was allowed a small glass of.  He put in strawberries, blueberries, a banana and apple juice.  It was lovely and I would like to have been allowed a little more.

I tried to make the shepherd’s pie as healthy as possible.  I drained the fat from the meat to reduce the saturated fat content of the meal and added extra goodies, starting with a layer of raw kale in the bottom of the dish.

I then added a can of pinto beans, for extra fibre and to make the meat go further.

The meat and vegetables were added with some thickened stock to make a gravy

and finally the mashed potato.

I made extra portions for Harvey but without the kale and beans in the bottom of the dish.  There was no kale left and I was not sure if beans would free well.

And this lot is destined for the freezer.

We fed William some dandelions – his favourite food.  We have been a bit worried that he is not eating very well so we tried to entice him out of his flowerpot house with some treats.

Finally we could have breakfast.  I made porridge which I have not had for ages and it was lovely.  For two of us I used 1 cup of oats, 1 and ¼ cup of soya milk, 1 cup of water, 1 tbsp chia seeds and 1 banana chopped up.   When it was ready I topped it with strawberries, blueberries, pumpkin seeds, Goji berries, an almond and some dried fruits.

We couldn’t decide if it was a delicious bowl of nutritiousness or a nutritious bowl of deliciousness.  Probably both, it was fabulous.

It was sunny, warm and bright outside and I wanted to spend the day in the garden but we had to go to Ramsgate.  To tell the truth, I was really annoyed about having to spend the day cleaning up after our latest guests instead of nurturing my vegetables and relaxing at home.

When we were there, I kept looking out of the window and thinking the view was so amazing and the harbour looked so lovely in the sunshine that I needed to photograph it.  The water was sparkling and the boats bobbed up and down.  Unfortunately, by the time I got my camera, there had been a torrential down pour of rain and it was cloudy and looked miserable.  I felt miserable too and had eaten some Kit Kats the previous visitors had left.  I have eaten so much chocolate and poor quality food recently!

On the way home, we had to drive through an extraordinary storm.  The rain poured down so hard it was hard to see through the windscreen and the thunder was frighteningly loud.  Then it hailed.  All very extreme.  James tends to morph in to Victor Meldrew in the car so there was an element of criticising everyone else’s appalling driving so I retreated in to my kindle.

It was good to get home and a relief to know dinner was ready.  It just needed popping in to the oven and it was pret a mangez.  Oh look, my half seems to have cheese on it 🙂 .

This is totally nursery food.

I do like meals with the meat, potato and veggies all in one dish.

I serve mine with Branston pickle.  Harvey likes ketchup.  Unfortunately James is feeling unwell so was unable to eat his.

So that was rather a dull day, despite the glorious sunshine of earlier, which I enjoyed from a distance while I tidied, cleaned and moped about mopped.  Thankfully Harvey enjoyed his shepherd’s pie.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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8 Responses to A Pie Fit For a Shepherd

  1. aga sagas says:

    You always make such delicious smoothies that I would like to try the same thing – but I was really disappointed with the pathetic efforts of the machine I bought! So, the question is – what is your machine and do you recommend? It would be great if one day you could just blogg a few smoothie recipes….:)

    • I bought, at great expense, the Vita Mix, which I got in John Lewis, T.Wells, using their handy click and collect service. http://m.johnlewis.com/mt/www.johnlewis.com/231326918/Product.aspx
      It is significantly more expensive than any other blender but significantly better too. It is a beast of a machine that blends whole fruits and vegetables, even hard ones like carrots and apples, in to pulp in a matter of seconds. It is fast, efficient and makes smoothies and soups brilliantly. The health benefits of eating whole produce, including the skin are enormous. It is also economical; anything looking a bit wrinkled and past its best gets chucked in the blender rather then the bin. The downside to the Vita Mix are its size if you have a small kitchen and it is noisy but it is so quick it is only noisy briefly. I love mine and think it is worth every penny.
      I have a smoothie section on my recipes page. My favourites are “Perfect Smoothie” and “Clementine Creamsicle”. I may do a blog about top smoothie tips such as, let a bunch of bananas go ripe, peel them, wrap them individually and freeze them. Frozen bananas are great in a smoothie. As are avocados. Half is plenty but they make smoothies really creamy. I usually have a frozen banana and half an avocado as a base and then add what needs using up or what I fancy. Hope that helps

  2. Irina says:

    so cute Harvey asked to point out he is 10 :D. Big boy already! The shepherd’s pie looks delicious, great thinking with freezing ahead too!
    If you ever need a good vet for William there is a great exotic vet who deals with turtles (I always see them “visiting” when I go with my birds) in Maidstone, they are called Trinity Vets Centre. Regular vets only know how to treat dogs and cats and are a bit of a waste of time unfortunately.

  3. Abi Ellson says:

    I made cottage pie for dinner today after seeing this yesterday. Added a courgette to mine rather than kale & beans, and the fussy girls ate it all! x

  4. laura1952 says:

    Your post reminded me that I have not made Shepard’s Pie since the boys left home. I seriously never thought of freezing it. Now, I am going to make it again and freeze the half the boys used to eat. I will make mine with organic ground beef and pork as opposed to you using Lamb. Lamb is so darn expensive here in Canada right now, it is becoming a once in awhile treat.

    Yay to Harvey being “almost 10!”

    I had to laugh at the part about James and the drivers. It’s got to be a man thing. You have your kindle and I always have a book I am reading and resort to the same thing just to tune out the cussing about all the other drivers. I guess Bob and James are the only people in the world that know how to drive. ☺

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