20 min. Lazy Leftover Shepherd’s Pie

20 min. Lazy Leftover Shepherd’s Pie - Candy Coated Culinista

20 min. Lazy Leftover Shepherd’s Pie – Candy Coated Culinista

Having a time crunch for dinner? Have left over ground beef from last night’s pasta dinner? Make this twenty minute individually sized shepherd’s pie.

Yield/Serving: 2
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Bake Time: 5 min.
Difficulty level is: Medium

Ingredients
• Ground beef
• Kosher salt
• Ground black pepper
• Season Salt
• Paprika
• Garlic powder
• Onion powder
• Dried basil
• Worcestershire sauce
• ½ small onion, diced
• 6 mushrooms, chopped
• 2 medium-sized potatoes, chopped but not peeled
• Table salt
• Canola oil
• Peas, frozen or canned
• Carrots, frozen or canned
• Cream corn, canned
• Pasta sauce
• Margarine
• Milk

Assembly
1. Pre-heat oven to 450°F.
2. Use leftover ground beef and warm up or: Over medium-high heat in a frying pan fry ground beef and add salt, pepper, season salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried basil and Worcestershire sauce to your taste
3. Add onions and mushrooms to ground beef and continue to cook.
4. Wash, cut & boil the potatoes in a pot of water over high heat with a little table salt and canola oil.
5. Prepare the remaining vegetables (used canned as there are already the perfect size then you can just add when putting pie together or steam the bagged frozen vegetables)
6. Add pasta sauce to your ground beef and stir.
7. Once potatoes are done, strain, add butter & milk and mash.
Pie Assembly
1. Butter a large oven-safe cappuccino mug; (or any bigger oven-safe mug you have)
2. Add the meat sauce followed by the vegetables
3. Top with the potatoes.
4. Use a fork and push (on an angle) down the corners and all along the edges of the pie in the mug and make some fork scratches all along the top pie so it doesn’t look so boring.
5. Cook for 5 minutes at 450° or until top is golden brown.
6. Torch the top with a kitchen torch if desired and serve.

Tips
• As this is a 20 minute recipe using canned vegetable or frozen veggies is optimal to save on time.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This recipe is always a hit no matter who I’m making this for. It has all the food groups and is so wholesome and comforting, especially in the colder months. I always burn my tongue as I just can’t wait to dig in and you’d think I’d learn after all these years; but I haven’t and it’s so worth

20 min. Lazy Leftover Shepherd’s Pie - Candy Coated Culinista

20 min. Lazy Leftover Shepherd’s Pie – Candy Coated Culinista

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Skillet Roast Chicken with Vegetables

Skillet Roast Chicken & Vegetables - Candy Coated Culinista

Skillet Roast Chicken & Vegetables – Candy Coated Culinista

I am finally starting to love my skillet, don’t get me wrong I still find cooking certain proteins on it a little challenging; but every day it get better and today I am trying to bake a whole bird using the skillet.

Yield/Serving: 4
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 1 hour
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 small whole chicken
• Season salt
• Paprika
• Sea salt
• Black pepper
• Garlic powder
• Onion powder
• 3 tbsp, extra virgin olive oil
• 4 medium potatoes, cut into wedges
• 4 stalks celery, rough chop
• 4 carrots, rough chop
• 1 small onion, sliced
• Handful, green beans
• 2 fresh sprigs, rosemary
• 8 chives
• 6 cloves garlic, rough chop

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Season whole chicken rubbing seasoning onto chicken.
3. Pour olive oil into skillet and place potatoes on the bottom of the pan.
4. Place celery, carrots, onion, and green beans around the side, leaving space for the whole chicken in the middle.
5. Stuff the rosemary, chives and garlic into the cavity of the chicken.
6. Place chicken into the middle of the skillet and bake for 15 minutes.
7. Then reduce temperature to 375°F and bake for about 45 minutes.
8. The internal temperature should be between 150°F – 165°F, or cut into the thigh meat at the joint and if the juices run clear it is ready.
9. Let rest for 10 minutes and serve with vegetables.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This is my best roast chicken to date. It was so fragrant, juicy and succulent and I could smell the rosemary, chives and garlic throughout the chicken. Cooking the whole recipe in one pan made me so happy as I really dislike using multiple pot and pans, but most times it is needed. The only thing I would change is putting the potatoes in first let cook and then the whole chicken followed by the carrots, celery and green beans.

Skillet Roast Chicken & Vegetables - Candy Coated Culinista

Skillet Roast Chicken & Vegetables – Candy Coated Culinista

Weeknight Leftover Speedy Beef Pot Pie

Beef Pot Pie - Candy Coated Culinista

Beef Pot Pie – Candy Coated Culinista

I had some leftover potatoes and a puff pastry that was about to expire and I decided it’s about time I make a quick and easy beef pot pie.

Yield/Serving: 6-8
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 25 min.
Difficulty level is: Medium

Ingredients
• 1 sheet butter puff pastry (usually half of the package / box) – thaw at room temp for 2 hours and then keep in fridge in not using immediately after thawing
• About 2 pounds of stewing beef
• Herbs du Provence
• Basil
• Season salt
• Sea salt
• Paprika
• Onion powder
• Garlic powder
• Black pepper
• 1 cup potatoes, leftovers cut into chunks
• ½ cup corn
• 8 white mushrooms, chopped
• 1 medium onion, diced
• ½ cup carrots, diced
• ½ cup green peas
• Gravy, packet

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. At medium-high heat brown the stewing beef and stir in the spices in a cast-iron skillet until almost cooked through.
3. Place beef along with potatoes and corn into a large bowl.
4. Using the same skillet sauce the mushrooms and onions and pour into bowl.
5. In a medium sized saucepan steam the carrots and green peas and pour into bowl.
6. Prepare pre-made gravy in a small saucepan and mix into the bowl of pot pie filling.
7. Fill a casserole dish with the filling and then roll out the puff pastry. (cut to size if needed).
8. Make some slits to allow are to escape.
9. Bake for twenty-five minutes.
10. Serve.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
My first attempt at a beef pot pie turned out quite well. It was simple and fast and I got to use up my leftovers. I will be using a crock pot the next time I make this as I forget I own a crock pot sometimes and letting the stew slow cook can only make it more tender.

Beef Pot Pie - Candy Coated Culinista

Beef Pot Pie – Candy Coated Culinista

B.K.T. (Bacon Kale & Tomato) Salad

B.K.T. (Bacon Kale & Tomato) Salad - Candy Coated Culinista

B.K.T. (Bacon Kale & Tomato) Salad – Candy Coated Culinista

This robust and flavourful salad is a tasty salad that I like to enjoy after those indulgent weekends.

Inspired from Salad Samurai

Yield/Serving: 2
Prep Time: 30 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
Salad
• 5 slices bacon ( bacon)
• 1 bunch Kale
• 1 sprig green onion
• Generous handful of spinach
• Handful of grape tomatoes, halved
• 2 carrots, shredded
• ½ English cucumber, large dice
• Handful of Cranberries
• Handful of Walnuts
Dressing
• 4 tsp apple cider vinegar
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
• 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
• Black pepper to taste

Assembly
1. Using a large frying pan, fry bacon until cooked.
2. Drain bacon on a paper towel and cut into pieces.
3. Strip the kale leaves and tear and dry and place in a large bowl.
4. Add in the spinach, tomato, carrots, cucumber, cranberries and walnuts in and mix.
5. In a medium size bowl vigorously whisk the dressing ingredients until emulsified.
6. Pour over salad and mix until coated.

Tips
• Substitute bacon with soy, tempeh or tofu bacon.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I love a good salad and this one is at the top of my list. Kale is a little on the chewy side, but I still enjoyed the flavour profile. Sweet, salty and contrasting textures and flavours. For once I was trying to find a bacon substitute and surprisingly I couldn’t find Tempeh, I don’t even know what it is really, so I added what I know and love bacon.

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