It’s so wonderful having our little family back together again. We have been enjoying time together just bumming around. It does sound boring but it’s our favorite thing to do. Cozy clothes, a nice fire burning, coffee in the middle of the day…can you say, “ahhhh…” Relaxation.
We slept in this morning and had breakfast and coffee for lunch. (Like a champion.) Whole grain oats, blueberries and dried apples, doused in milk and monkeywaved to a nice warm temperature. Legen….wait for it….dary. (Are there any Barney Stinson fans out there?!)
It’s so nice to be in our house during the daytime. During the week I’m only home when it’s dark out. With the huge windows that we have, the natural light floods the rooms filling every corner…and it’s so cozy.
We all needed some fresh air so we bundled up and enjoyed the sunshine (a rarity) on a stroll with the four legged critter.
Our original plans for last night were to go out for dinner, but we decided to stay home and make dinner together…yep, we’ve become that couple. I didn’t take any pictures but for one on my phone (very unlike me, I know, but I haven’t had quality time with the Viper Pilot in five weeks so I was focused on him). I’m going to share the recipe and the one lone phone picture with you because it turned out incredible. And not just because I had someone to enjoy it with (eating good food just isn’t the same by yourself…)
Healthified Shepard’s Pie
adapted from Skinnytaste
- 1-1/2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, diced
- 3/4 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
- 2 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
- salt and pepper
- 1 lb ground turkey breast (or lean ground beef)
- 1 tsp oil
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 12 oz frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, corn, peas, green beans…)
- 2 Tbsp flour
- 1 cup fat free beef broth
- 2 tsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp freshly chopped rosemary leaves
- 1 tsp freshly chopped thyme leaves
- salt and pepper
- 1/4-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
We enjoyed it with fresh greens, sunflower seeds, chopped strawberries in a raspberry walnut vinaigrette and warm rye bread. It was a healthy, satisfying, and delightful dinner (also known as comfort food) and I had a pretty sweet dinner date to boot. <– best part.