So I'm trying out some of the recipe's from Weight Watchers "Pure Comfort."
Here's a recipe for Shepherd's Pie that I love.
Hearty Shepherd's Pie
1 3/4 lbs baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
2/3 C fat-free milk
1 T unsalted butter ( I used salted)
1 t salt
1/4 t freshly ground pepper ( I use regular pepper)
1 lb ground lean beef (5% fat or less)
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 t dried oregano
1/2 C dry red wine ( I often skip this if I don't have any in the house)
2 T tomato paste
1 (10-ounce) package of frozen peas and carrots
1 C reduced-sodium beef broth
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray 2-quart baking dish with nonstick spray. To make topping, place potatoes in large pot with enough cold water to cover; bring to boil. Cook until potatoes are fork-tender, 10-12 minutes. Drain; return to the pot. Add milk, butter, 1/2 t of salt, and 1/8 t of pepper; mash and set aside.
2. To make filling, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, breaking it apart with a spoon, and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Return the skillet to heat. Add onion, garlic, and oregano; cook, stirring, until the onion is lightly browned. Add wine and tomato paste, cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is slightly thickened. Add the peas and carrots; cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables thaw. Stir in the broth and cook until the mixture is slightly thickened. Stir in the beef and remaining 1/2 t of salt and 1/8 t of pepper.
3. Transfer filling to the baking dish. Spread the potato topping over the filling and bake until filling is bubbly around the edges, about 20 mins. Remove pie from the oven. Increase the oven temperature to broil and broil the pie, 5 inches from the heat, until the topping is lightly browned, 1-2 mins. Let stand 5 mins before serving.
Per serving: (1 1/3 cups) 284 Cal, 6g fat, 3 g Sat Fat, 5 g Fib, 22g Prot
If you have a recipe for Shepherd's pie that you love, changing up the ingredients to lower fat substitutes would work just as well. Do you have comfort food you've managed to lighten up and still create something satisfying? Or do you like to go for the full, original version and just choose to eat less of it?
Next week I'm on the hunt for a macaroni and cheese recipe that my daughters (one is vegetarian) will love.
Anne MacFarlane is an unpublished writer from eastern Canada. You can visit her blog at www.annemacfarlane.blogspot.com. Read about her weight loss journey and see before and after pictures at Soon To Be Skinny Me.