Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie

Here’s a nice, simple meal to feed the family or have a prepared meal for yourself for days. I have designed this recipe with bold flavor to accommodate a variety of food allergies or preferences. See the recipe bellow for gluten free, dairy free, and even meat free options:

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This meal goes great with a salad, sautéed spinach, or any other kind of green! Try this recipe, it uses new flavors and spices to deliver you a totally satisfying meal.

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Ingredients 

~Potato Layer~

2 Medium Sized Sweet Potatoes or 4-6 Yukon Potatoes

2 tbsp Coconut oil

2 Cloves of Garlic

1/4 cup sour cream or 1/2 cup vegetable broth

~Meat Layer~

3/4 lb of Organic Ground Beef or Seitan

1/2 Cup White or Yellow Onion

1/2 Cup Green Peas

1/2 Cup of Non-Gmo Sweet Corn

1 tbsp Cumin

1 tsp Turmeric

1 tsp of Salt

1 tsp of Pepper

1 tbsp coconut oil

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First, bring a large pot of water to boil, then add peeled and chopped potato slices inside. Cover with a lid, turn down to medium-high heat and let boil for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, take out frying pan, add in coconut oil and beef (or beed alternative) on medium heat. Add diced onions, green peas, corn, and seasoning. Mix well and then cover with a lid until all of the contents are cooked thoroughly. Once finished, take off of heat and set aside.

When your potatoes are finished, strain, and place them into a large bowl. Place chopped garlic, salt, pepper, sour cream or veggie broth, and coconut oil in the bowl. Mash potatoes for chunky consistency or mix for a smooth consistency. Once finished, take a 8×9 in pan and place your meat and veggie layer evenly across the bottom and cover with your potato layer.

Eat and Enjoy ❤

Awareness & Labeling Emotions

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It is hot topic in biology that the bacteria in our gut has a huge impact on our mood, personality, emotions, and even thoughts. The bacteria living there, however, are not permanent. They change in quantity and type depending on our environment, what we ingest via breathe, food, and beverage.

Over the past few years I have begun to place a large amount of awareness towards how certain foods affect me. I know that if I eat certain things my gut flora will get out of balance and change my mood and therefore how I interact with those around me. All too often I have said something that I regret and realize that I ate something recently that probably made me that way.

I know it sounds like a bunch of science fiction, but it is the truth. The bacteria in our gut neurons-582054_640has a direct link to our brain and thus to our actions and reactions. This is why eating well is of the utmost importance.

So how do I deal with it? Personally, when I realize I have an intense emotion towards someone that may not be exactly justified I think, What did I eat in the last 24-48 hours? More often than not, I can identify the exact meal or food item that upset me. In efforts to bring humor to the irritation, sadness, or anger, I have started labeling my emotion as the food I ate that made me upset.

When I check in with myself and ask, How are you feeling? The answer becomes something like carrot cake, ice cream, pizza, or corn.

Saying I feel like carrot cake, for me, is a much more accurate description of how I am really feeling because I am really feeling the chemistry of that particular food interacting with my biology. What I have noticed from my personal experience is that when the food passes through me so does that emotion. The same is true on the other end. When I eat right for my body, I am balanced, clear, happy, and light. The emotion then changes to feeling like carrots, quinoa, smoothie, or kale.

So today’s post offers a suggestion in how we approach our meals and how we approach our emotions. When eating a meal, notice how you feel before eating it and how you feel after. Generally, you will feel better, worse or the same. Ideally, you want to feel better, so if you noticed that what you ate made you feel worse, shift your next meal choice and ask yourself what are you feeling and why. Often, I find, I can identify the feeling but not why. If that’s the case, observe the emotional for it will pass once the food has been digested. In this case you will know how you’re feeling because if very well may be that you just feel like carrot cake.