Channeling My Inner Housewife

Apologizes for the absence lately.  It’s been a busy few months.  Changed jobs, moved houses, started a new nutrition plan.  My head is still spinning from all the changes.  Things seem to be settling down into a new routine now though, so I can get back to some of my hobbies.

When I first moved into the cute 1940s era house with my new roommate and discovered there was no microwave and no working dishwasher my millennial generation brain was like, “What?! How can I survive without a microwave and dishwasher?” After some thought though, I decided maybe I could turn this into a modern vintage challenge.  It has been educational and sometimes frustrating but I feel I probably am better off in the long run for it.

What have I learned?

Channeling my inner 40s housewife has led to some revelations for me.

  1. Food tastes better when using fresh ingredients and not reheating in the microwave.  Okay that may seem like a no-brainer to some of you but up until recently I didn’t know grass fed beef has more flavor than regular beef and that pizza reheated in the oven is far superior to the microwave.
  2. That the classic comfort foods many of us associate with vintage cooking can be made in healthier ways to fit our more modern understandings of nutrition.  Here are two of my favorite re-imagined classics.

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

This recipe from hits the spot when you need a warm and filling “comfort” meal.  The secret to the delicious beef is cinnamon and nutmeg.  It was a first for me to use those ingredients in beef but the results were amazing.  One note, I personally thought it came out a little salty so perhaps salt to taste.

Pumpkin Pie with a Coconut Crust

Now this recipe is dairy and gluten free which I know can sound scary but trust me you won’t even miss it.  The coconut is a great pairing with the pumpkin and it fills those fall season cravings without the guilt that so often comes with it.

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