Tasty Tuesday – Smoothie Kings

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Smoothies are probably one of the best treats that are fast and relatively easy to make.

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Tasty Tuesday – Sheppard’s Pie

With Spring just around the corner, I wanted to focus on a more hearty meal this week.  Sheppard’s Pie is a classic dish that is incredibly easy to throw together with items you already have in your pantry, fridge, and freezer.  It’s a layer of mashed potatoes on top of a beef mixture baked together for a very yummy meal.

Potatoes mixture:  I know everyone has a favorite way to make mashed potatoes.  Some use cream cheese, extra butter, sour cream, and so on.  This time I used red potatoes with a pack of onion mix, butter, and milk mashed together.  I have found that using instant potatoes doesn’t taste as good in a Sheppard’s Pie.  It also doesn’t bake as well either.  I have found it burns a lot faster than real potatoes.  Taste the final product before you spoon it on to the beef mixture so it’s to your liking.

Beef mixture:  I don’t eat pork, so I don’t mix it with the ground beef.  I know traditional Sheppard’s Pie uses pork and sometimes lamb as well.  If you do, make sure all the meat is cooked properly and seasoned well.  With just ground beef, I season it with salt, pepper, basil, garlic, oregano, with chopped white onions and green peppers.  It will smell amazing.  You can add mixed vegetables as well if you prefer.  My family prefers the vegetables on the side instead.

Once both parts are made, spoon the beef mixture first into a deep pan, then spread the potatoes on top.  Stick in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes uncovered.  I let it sit on the stove covered for about 10 minutes afterward before serving it.

This is a great dish for all the “meat & potato” lovers out there, and just in time for St. Patty’s Day.

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Tasty Tuesday – Pan Grilled Chicken

This weeks entry comes from a dear friend of mine named Julia.  It’s a very delicious Pan Grilled Chicken paired with green beans and sweet potatoes.  Let us know if you will be trying this recipe, and if it’s for a special occasion!

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Tasty Tuesdays – Launching Flavor

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We are adding a new category here at Just Trim The Ends.  There are many flavors in life and we want to showcase them each week with various meals, drinks, and beyond.  We all know food goes through trends just like fashion and it’s a good reminder of how to stay healthy even when we cheat.  There are times we see a picture of a dish online or in a restaurant and try to recreate it but it never seems to quite come out the same way or taste the same way.  A lot of the times most restaurants add more salt and butter than necessary which equals more flavor to us.  It may taste great but it may be too much for our diets or lifestyles.

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This is great as a stew or as a filling for tacos. High in fiber, and very healthy vegetarian option for all your curves. I added veggie meat, but you can add whatever you like. Play around in your pantry – healthy eating isn’t expensive.

Recipe:
1 lb of veggie meat
1 can of black beans
1 can of chick peas
1 can of dark red kidney beans
1 can of corn
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 packet of taco mix
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper

I throw in the onions and peppers with a little veggie oil and cook it lightly. I don’t want them to really caramelize.
Once that’s done, I throw in the veggie meat, and cook it all together with the packet of taco mix.
In another pot I put together all the other canned ingredients, then add the veggie meat mixture. Keep that pot on low, and season everything to taste. I let it simmer on low for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

When it’s done – enjoy! 😎

Winter?

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That’s my backyard and the “coating” of snow my area was supposed to get yesterday.  While I respect the science behind tracking weather patterns, TV weather people are a joke.  I was also astonished at the amount of people who were trying to drive during the worst part of the storm.   How do they expect the roads to be salted and plowed if everyone is stuck on it?  The logic in my area is just amazing really.

The important thing to take away from this is hopefully no one you know was seriously injured and we are all safe and sound.  With the Winter weather season creeping up on us, it is important to take stock of your tools and materials in your home.  Do you have enough of the proper salt for your drive way and walk ways?  Do you have the right shovel even?

The right kind of salt?  Yep.  Be sure to check it’s the proper salt for your needs and is pet friendly and child friendly in case either accidentally ingest it while out playing in the snow.  A lot of stores carry this item too, so no worries that you have to ask a genie for it to appear.

The right kind of shovel?  Yep.  It is better to have a plastic shovel with a metal strip on the edge to break up any ice and snow.  The plastic doesn’t get cold enough for the snow to stick to, unlike metal shovels where the snow will stick and render it useless with one try.

I would also suggest if it’s in the budget to get a snowmobile.  They get the hard work done in minutes so you won’t have to kill your back trying to move all the snow.  They are totally worth it.

Food?  Try to buy food that can be cut up and frozen to make for a later meal or something canned that can be heated up quickly in case you lose power.  I have an electric stove but do have a grill outside that is propane and a smaller grill that uses charcoal just in case during this time of year.  You can never be too prepared.

Lastly, the important humanitarian side of winter:  Please check on your neighbors, especially if they are disabled or elderly.  Shovel off their walk ways or ask if they are warm enough and have enough to eat.  Nothing irritates me more is hearing on the news that someone died due to the weather and it could have been prevented if just one of their neighbors bothered to check.

It takes only a moment to say, “hey, are you okay?”

Offer to go grocery shopping for them or when you are making a meal, make extra and bring some over.  If we start working together, it will make a huge difference this winter season and inspire to continue through the new year.

Stay safe out there, drive slow and care deeply.  Let’s all enjoy how beautiful the snow is this season!

Happy 4th to You & Yours!

It’s Independence day here in the US and most people are doing the bbq thing, worrying about how much food they should or shouldn’t cook.  I want to take a moment to remind us to remember what this day is really in celebration of and how much further we need to go in American and as Americans.  Equality is still being fought for, as is maintaining our freedom by those overseas and stationed here within the US borders.  It’s not a day to worry about how many Pinterest ideas you have for an American flag dessert or table scape; remember those who we have lost, are losing to PTSD and those who are braving the choice by enlisting.

For those sitting around enjoying a day off, reach out to those who may not have family in the area.  Fellowship with your neighbors, or make a new friend today.

Happy 4th of July everyone!   Stay safe, thankful and free.