Skip to main content

Warm Winter Food

I have had many people asking me recently for some of the recipes to go with the photos I posted to my wall on Facebook so here you go. Some are Sugar-Free and Grain-Free, while others could easily be converted over. Because I often cook without measuring, some of there are estimates. I mean, really a cupped palm-full of dried herbs would be about 1 tbsp, where as a half might be a tsp for me. Best way to get cooking is through trial and error so if you're uncertain of anything, please leave me a message & hopefully I can get back to you fast enough.

Beef Pot Pies

(Makes 12 - 4" pies)

 Ingredients:
1 beef roast (large enough to feed a family of 6-8), cubed to small bite size pieces
3 carrots, chopped to small bite size pieces
4 small sweet potatoes (not yams), chopped to small bite size pieces
1 cup frozen peas
2 tbsp worchestershire sauce
4-6 tbsp oil (I used grape seed oil)
24 pie crusts (these are not SFGF, but I hope to post a recipe option soon)
Seasoning for beef; I use dried thyme, garlic, onion, dry mustard, S&P

Directions:

Heat oil in deep pot (I used coconut oil). Cube beef, coat well with dried herbs and seasonings. Add beef to hot oil in batches just to brown (you may need to add more oil after each batch. Remove to a bowl until all beef is cooked.

Turn heat down to medium. Add enough water to cover bottom of your pot. Loosen up bits from bottom of pot. Put chopped vegetables into the same pot and return the beef as well. Add with just enough water to cover vegetables. Add worchestershire sauce, cover and simmer until vegetables are tender and meat falls apart easily (I simmered for a couple hours, but one could do this part in a crock pot just the same). Add frozen peas at the end so they don't get mushy. Let cool completely to make sure it sets well. If you're mixture is too thin for you liking you can always add very small amounts of arrowroot powder (1 tsp at a time to avoid a slimy texture). Too thick, just add a bit more water.

Have pie shells ready to go. Fill shells to a slightly heaping levels, top with upper crust and seal. Make sure to add steam vents. These can be wrapped in foil and frozen or cooked right away. From frozen it will take longer to cook (foil on until half way), 30-45 minutes. Fresh 15-20 minutes.

Popular posts from this blog

the W A Y Before and the N O W

This is a longer post, outlining my journey for healthy living to date. For those who are only in this for the quick tip... read the last two paragraphs, but know that there's to life & health than what we put into our bodies than food. Our fuel is both physical and spiritual because that's how God made us. Thanks for stopping to read about my journey and hopefully you come away encouraged.
Most of my childhood and even young adulthood, I was thin, to very thin (105 lbs by the time I was 18 at 5'3" tall). I didn't worry one bit about what I ate or how much I exercised because it simply didn't make a difference (though I was not "lazy") my weight never really changed much. I was very grateful for that because, for so many young girls, looks were a very high priority and thin was the only way to be. Growing up, I watched my mother and so many of her friends struggle to keep those extra pounds at bay. Some succeeded but more often than not they gai…

Our Oils Kit Thus Far

Over 9 months ago now we began using Young Living Essential Oils. Previously we used other store brand essential oils and a LOT of dried & fresh herbs or other "natural" remedies to heal our ailments or just simply live healthier. We still use some of these remedies (elderberry syrup & stinging nettle tea to name a couple) but our most often turned to fixes are found in these tiny, powerful bottles of essential oils. So without further ado, the oils in our "collection" as of now are...

... in order as they appear in this picture with very brief descriptions and how we use them. What works best for one body might not work as well on another. I'm not a doctor and can not diagnose or prescribe a fix for you. These are OUR most common uses and most common method of application...

Cypress: From stiff shoulder muscles* to a child's bleeding nose... this is a great oil for the whole family! Topically
Peppermint: Headaches, muscles* and digestion support. ALL

Breakfast Made Simple

With four children and a husband who eat cereal most every morning, I am always trying to find ways to do breakfast simple, healthy and cheap! I have already put a limit on how much cereal I buy on an average month to help cut costs. Some of our other options are a bit more time consuming for me and in the mornings I just don't always have it in me to pull out the mad kitchen skills.

I've shared the Baked Oatmeal in the past. I have begun to prepare it the night before and just get my hubby to throw it in the oven when he gets up. A half hour later to so the smell of cinnamon and oatmeal fills the house. A nice way to wake up actually (not as good as fresh coffee though).

We will also make Red River Cereal or Cream of Wheat. I mix it with the children's favourite jam or yogurt. They love it, but some mornings this is too much for us all. They are anxious to get food in their bellies. As it is, they all get a banana (or half) every morning, but that's not enough for the…