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Shepherdless Pie From the Roots Down

I’ve had three parsnips, two rutabaga’s and one big ol’ turnip calling from the crisper; use us 🙂  A couple blogs ago; Potato Frittata and Don’t Forget the Roots I wrote about roasting them and the two meals I got out of the endeavor. But thinking of you guys, and Rick, I wanted to do something new and create a dish using these loaded with goodies root vegetables. Let’s do it!

Shepherdless Pie Ingredients

Serves: 6

Prep time: 25 or so minutes

Broil Time: 15 minutes

  • 3 parsnips
  • 2 rutabagas
  • 1 turnip
  • 3 carrots
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 2 cups chopped mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp fresh sage
  • 2 tbsp garlic infused olive oil
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • ⅓ cup red wine
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • Non-dairy milk to mash roots
  • Vegan butter to mash roots

Shepherdless Pie Recipe

  1. Peel, chop and boil parsnips, rutabagas, and turnips for 15 minutes or until soft.
  2. Meanwhile, chop carrots, celery and onion, saute in vegan butter or oil for a few 5 minutes.
  3. Add the mushrooms and cook until the edges begin to darken. And season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the tomato paste, flour, thyme, and sage.
  5. Slowly add the veggie broth and wine, stirring constantly. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Drain the root vegetables and mash with a big fork then add the dairy-free milk and vegan butter. Add more if needed until smooth. Season with salt/pepper to taste.
  7. Lay the veggie filling into a baking dish, then spread the mashed roots over the top. At this time you can get creative with designs and patterns for the top. The rougher the surface, the crispier it will turn out.
  8. Spray the surface with cooking oil.
  9. Broil for 10-15 minutes or until the top is crispy.
  10. Enjoy!!

I served the shepherdless pie with a nice helping of ultra-green peas. I have to say it was a perfect savory meal with that hint of sage and the flavorful mashed roots. We toasted ourselves with our Syrah grape juice.

It was a good night.

Let’s talk a little about the health benefits of a turnip, which happens to be among the oldest and hardiest vegetables you can eat. They grew wild in Siberia when dinosaurs roamed the earth and got an early reputation as a food for poor people and farm animals.

Today, most people wouldn’t know a turnip if they saw one or tasted one. People often mistake it for a rutabaga. So, here’s your turnip 101. It’s a root vegetable in the Brassicacae family of mustard plants. Unlike most other vegetables, you can eat both the turnip root and the leafy greens attached to the top. They’re both really good for you.

They are full of vitamins and minerals. Get this, turnips are loaded with; Calcium (gotta get my calcium). Folate, Magnesium (need it, want it), Phosphorus, Potassium (huge), and vitamin C. Turnip greens fill you up with vitamins A and C. One cup of raw turnip greens, (sneak into smoothie), drum roll please; 6,373 IU of vitamin A and 33 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C. Amazing!

Next time you’re at the store or your local farmers market, take a leap and buy some turnips and it’s cousins; rutabaga and parsnips. You only live once  🙂

I didn’t get to write my blog last week, because I almost died last Tuesday. And if you are anything like me, you’d want to know what the hell happened. So, here it goes.

The back story; sore throat for a year; covid protocol; doctors only do video calls; not good medicine. Finally, after four rounds of antibiotics, being treated for strep (no swab), treated for throat fungus with two different types of medicine, treated for acid reflux with two different medicines. Like I said, my doctor only does video calls.

Finally I got in to have an endoscope where I was diagnosed with esophageal erosion and put back on the anti-acid. Yay!! No cancer!!! I burst into tears. You see, that’s what was keeping me awake at night; the fear. I had already made a deal with God, go ahead I could live without a voice box, but I want to live.

Back at home feeling so thankful, actually kind of high with relief. But, suffering still the parched sore throat. I took two tylenol, and a couple hours later I took the second antacid. The ENT was emphatic: take two a day, one in the morning, one at night 30 minutes before eating. But what he didn’t realize was that in the morning before the scope I had taken the anit-fungal medicine.

Six minutes after I took that second pill, I felt like my heart was pounding in my head, my face turned bright red. My eyes within seconds, bloodshot like I’d been drinking for a week and my ears were on fire, along with the palms of my hands.

“Rick, something is wrong with me, call 911” He was celebrating the A’s Matt Olson’s grand slam off the Minnesota Twins.. And jumped up after seeing me, dialed emergency when I went down, off the steps of the stairs.

In his former young life, he was an EMT with a volunteer fire department. If you ever wonder if good training kicks in; it does.

A policeman who lives 30 seconds a way heard the call and zoomed up the hill to our place. Rick was trying to drag me up the stairs to a flat spot because he couldn’t find a pulse or breath. With the help of Perez the cop (he’s getting a blueberry pie from me) they got me to the landing. The 911 doctor quietly coached Rick as he started CPR. Three pumps, nothing, and then another three, and three more, when I gasped and woke to find him sitting on me and all the way down the stairs a bunch of adorable firemen.

I’ll spare you the days in the hospital, the three hours on a gurney in ER experiencing seizures and twitching, all the tests, and the agonizing pain in my sternum and ribs. Did you know that your sternum is 1 ½ inches thick? In order to massage the heart you have to press 2 inches down. Well, that’s what my lifesaver did for me. You know, that’s what we do for each other, save each other in a million different ways all the time. Love is like that.

I’m glad to report I get to live another day. My cousin called when he heard and asked if I, “went into the light?” “Nope, just swallowed up by black and spit out on the carpet”  I said. He said, “well you got a second chance”

From one lucky second chancer

Ciao for now

P.S. The antifungal medicine had a major drug interaction with the omeprazole..

Lovely orchids from lovely kids! 🙂
1 Comment
  1. CLIOOOOOOO! Omg! The shepherd may have been absent in your pie but thank goodness He was there to ‘shepherd’ you away from the Light that scary day! Gad-zeeks! 😩. I’m so sorry you had to go through that (Rick included) but at the very least, you received that “in person” doctor visit after all. I hope all body messages are communicating in harmony today as you heal. I miss you.

    The orchids are beautiful and what a site to see, you even more so and the recipe, as usual, is medicine to the soul.

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