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Southwestern Shepherd’s Pie

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Welcome to May’s installment of the Secret Recipe Club  and what I hope is the start of a lot of new blog posts.  I wound up taking the last month off in order to deal with our kitchen renovation and a fantastic little stomach bug.  Now I’m back – with an awesome new kitchen that can’t wait to be used!  Today’s recipes is one of the first I did in the new kitchen, and was a great way to “break it in” since it required the stovetop as well as the oven.  The interesting part is that the recipe I wound up using from BCmom’s kitchen was not one on my original list.  My first plan was to make her delicious sounding Sweet Potato and Chickpea soup but then the weather decided to warm up, so I needed a new plan.  It was in my second search that I saw her Southwestern Shepherd’s Pie.   I had to make a few changes in order to make it vegetarian, essentially dropping the meat and doubling the vegetables!

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There are more ingredients, and steps, to this than most of my recipes but it still comes together rather quickly.  I served this with some avocado,  a dollop of sour cream, and some tortilla chips in order to ensure every last drop was enjoyed.  Another fantastic dish thanks to the SRC!

52Weeks · Appetizer · Mexican · Vegan

My Clarity

Avocado Taco

Avocado Taco

I got more than a little excited when I saw that avocados were the theme ingredient for this week’s /52weeksofcooking challenge.  I thought about the various ways I could use avocados, and when I couldn’t pick just one decided to try two of them in order to enhance my favorite sweet potato tacos.   The original plan was to grill two of the avocados for a salsa but mother nature didn’t like that idea so the salsa became more of a deconstructed guacamole.  However it was still amazing, which is what really matters, and I’ve always been a big fan of the chunkier salsas.  The other avocados become a delicious dressing – using Greek yogurt to make a healthier version of the standard Green Goddess.

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Everything came together extremely fast and the leftover dressing tasted amazing the next day mixed with some quinoa and tomatoes.   Most importantly the cool avocados provided the perfect contrast to my spicy sweet potatoes, making me wish I had tried this earlier!