How to Make a Healthy, Simplified Shepherd’s Pie


Shepherd’s pie is comforting fall dish, but it can be complicated to make and is full of calories and fat.

This recipe aims to cut back on some of the fat and calories without sacrificing flavor. The steps have also been simplified so that it’s easy to prepare in even the smallest of kitchens.


How to Make a Healthy Creamsicle Smoothie


Creamsicles were a favorite childhood treat – but as an adult, I try to avoid desserts loaded with artificial flavors.

That’s why I decided to experiment and create a healthy creamsicle smoothie recipe. The combination of pineapple and carrots creates a delicious, naturally creamy flavor without dairy. As an added bonus, this recipe is gluten-free and can easily be incorporated into a vegetarian or vegan diet.

What You’ll Need

  • Blender
  • 1.5 cups of pineapple (cubed)
  • A handful of shredded carrots
  • 1 small celery stick (optional)
  • A dash of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of ice

How to Make It

  1. Put the pineapple, shredded carrots, and celery (optional) in the blender. I prefer to shred the carrots (or purchase them pre-shredded) because it helps to create a creamier texture. The celery is optional, but it’s a nice way to add another vegetable to the mix without changing the flavor of the smoothie.
  2. Add the lemon juice. You can use freshly squeezed lemon juice or bottled organic lemon juice.
  3. Add the cup of ice. 
  4. Press the “juice” setting on your blender. If your blender does not have this setting, start at the lowest setting for approximately 10 seconds and slowly increase the speed every 5 seconds after. Stay on the highest setting for about 20 seconds.
  5. Enjoy!

Consume immediately for optimal freshness.

Food Perspectives: Yang Yang, Creator, Fortune Goodies

Fortune Goodies for District Style

Washington, DC, has been home to a food renaissance over the past decade – and that has extended over into the blogging world.  Many DC chefs, bakers, and foodies have taken to the web to share their views on food and showcase their recipes.

To celebrate this creativity, we’ve decided to begin a series called “Food Perspectives” in the hopes that you’ll feel as inspired as we have by DC’s food renaissance.

Our first feature is Yang Yang, baker and creator of Fortune Goodies, a DC-based food blog that features new twists and inspiring takes on sweet and savory goodies.

Below Yang shares her inspirations, her favorite recipes, and her advice on baking and cooking in DC’s “cozy”  (read: small) kitchens.