Mac and Cheese with Pancetta and Peas

Organic macaroni and cheese is pretty much always in my cupboard: it’s an easy, delicious treat I can cook up when we happen to be low on fresh food. Lately I have discovered that I really enjoy “embellishing” boxed macaroni and cheese. So when the folks from Horizon asked me to come up with an … Read more

Storing Potatoes Properly + Shepherd’s Pie Recipe #SaveItSunday

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Glad in conjunction with their #SAVEITSUNDAY program. With #SAVEITSUNDAY, Glad hopes to educate the public about the consequences of food waste, and I am proud they’ve asked me to be a part of the program. I am being compensated to share my #SAVEITSUNDAY experiences; all opinions are 100% my own.

Potatoes!

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My family loves them and I buy them a lot. The best way to store them has always been a bit of a mystery to me, though…I’ve never been sure whether or not you are supposed to keep them in the refrigerator.

I’m really learning a lot since I started doing these monthly posts in conjunction with Glad. According to the food storage experts over there, potatoes should not be kept in the refrigerator. And once they’ve been peeled and/or cut, they should be placed into a large bowl and fully submerged in water, then covered with plastic wrap, like Glad ClingWrap, or perhaps a tea towel. (To learn more about the best ways to prep and store your foods, see Glad’s Protection Pointers.)

Prepping and protecting potatoes means they’ll stay fresher longer. This is good news, because it means less chance of food waste! And now that your potatoes are going to last longer, you can enjoy them in many different ways: bake them, dice and pan-fry them, roast them, mash them. You get the picture…you can do so much with potatoes.

One of my favorite things to do with potatoes lately is to use them in this easy and delicious Shepherd’s Pie Recipe.

mashed potatoes for shepherd's pie recipe | healthy green kitchen
peas and carrots for shepherd's pie recipe | healthy green kitchen
beef and veggies for shepherd's pie recipe | healthy green kitchen
shepherd's pie before baking

Shepherd’s Pie may be one of those classic, basic recipes that everyone already knows how to make…but maybe not? You see, somehow I got to be 43 years old I had never made Shepherd’s Pie before a few months ago, when I happened on this recipe from Simply Recipes. Just FYI: true Shepherd’s Pie is made with lamb (or mutton), while Cottage Pie is made with beef. So technically this recipe is for a Cottage Pie when made with beef…but, use ground lamb and it’s a Shepherd’s Pie.

shepherd's pie recipe | healthy green kitchen

Got it? Ok, here’s the recipe.

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Rotini with Broccoli, Peas, Basil and Goat Cheese for Kitchen Play

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dreamfields Pasta for Kitchen Play. I am being compensated for my efforts to promote Dreamfields pasta; all opinions are 100% mine. I typically stick to a low-ish carb diet and gluten-free eating; this means I avoid regular pasta much of the time. But since … Read more

Garden Pea and Rose Petal Salad

Slightly cooler temperatures plus lots of rain this past week equals one very happy garden… …everything for this Garden Pea and Rose Petal Salad came straight out of that happy garden! To make this salad I used a mixture of greens (green and red head lettuces, spinach, and an Asian green called purple pak choi), … Read more

Rice Pasta with Peas, Prosciutto, and Lemon Balm

This Rice Pasta with Peas and Prosciutto is a gluten-free (and slightly lighter) version of this delicious recipe. What you see here is no less fantastic, though…my son and I happily gobbled it up for dinner just moments ago. I’ve got A LOT of lovely peas in my garden right now. They are wonderful eaten … Read more