Unmeatballs happily flex to accommodate both whole-grain and gluten-free bread, and the addition of some stealth pumpkin puree brings additional nourishment along with a very nosh-able texture.
Ground meat combines with tomatoes, spices, raisins, olives, chilis, corn, wine and cheese, then it’s topped with cornbread.
There’s a lot of fancy food in this world, and then there’s shepherd’s pie, a rustic hodgepodge often made with leftovers, seldom made the same way twice and always satisfying.
The foundation of this dish is onions and apples, classic pork go-withs in both France and America, while the flavorful wet rub — grainy mustard (French), honey, brown sugar, Sriracha and bourbon (from Kentucky) — is a mélange. Roasted in the oven for under an hour, everything comes together in a mix of sweet and hot that calls for some dunkables — biscuits or baguette.
I never feel deprived when I make butternut or zucchini squash noodles, sold in the produce section at supermarkets. Add garlic, lemon, and shrimp and a light sprinkle of cayenne, and you’re on your way to a healthier you.