Shepherds pie is one of my favourites. But in a busy household, it rarely gets made. It’s talked about often; something that should be made. But isn’t. So when I saw Epicure selling a seasoning package – I thought I would try.
While it did take time (About 45 minutes) – not as long as if I made it from scratch!
first I put the seasoning pack into 1 1/4 cup water; set aside.
While the package recommends microwaving potatoes, I diced mine up and boiled them for 15 minutes.
While they were cooking I browned 1 lb of lean ground beef. I stirred in the reserved seasoning mixture, brought to a boil, reduced heat and simmered for 2 minutes.
Then I added in frozen corn.
While that was heating, I mashed the potatoes.
I stirred in 1/2 cup of milk with 1/4 cup of butter, while mashing the potatoes.
While the package said to just top meat mixture with potatoes and serve, I was going to make “Traditional” shepherds pie
I pulled out my casserole dish. Filled it with the meat mixture and topped with the mashed potatoes. Put in a preheated oven at 350. I then set it to broil to crisp up the potatoes.
Since I enjoyed the Greek Dressing Mix I decided to try the Pad Thai. Ofcourse, the night I decide to make it, I have no chicken or shrimp or peppers. Instead I substituted calamari and spiralled up some garden fresh zucchini. Guess what?!
It was delicious!
It was super simple too!!
Make up the Epicure Pad Thai seasoning pack and set aside.
I spiralled up some fresh zucchini and set aside.
I quickly sautéed up some frozen calamari while boiling up some broad rice noodles. I like to slightly undercook the rice noodles as I then throw them into my frying pan.
As the rice noodles are draining, heat up the frying pan with a tablespoon of sesame seed oil. Then drop in the zucchini noodles. Sauté them up a bit before adding the rice noodles.
Then pour in sauce.
Add 2 beaten eggs and stir-fry.
Just before serving add the juice of 1 lime. Top with the calamari and chopped nuts (if desired)
This is a family hit! Even without all the traditional ingredients!!
** if you really want to bring this recipe to the next level and have on hand- cook up some calamari & shrimp with fresh chopped garlic & butter. Then add to the pad Thai before serving! Such another flavour fusion
I have heard a lot of great things about Epicure. Being a gluten free family, I was curious and excited when I heard their products were gluten free! We found their Greek Dressing Mix to be amazing and flavourful!
Creamy Greek Feta Pasta Salad
Epicure Greek Dressing Mix
2 Tbsp crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 basil olive oil
2/4 cups mayonnaise
1 chopped green bell pepper
2 diced green onions
10 garden tomatoes
1 1/2 cups gluten free Pasta
1) cook pasta al dente as per package. Let cool.
2) mix and whisk together vinegar, mayonnaise and oil to make the dressing