Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Freezer Meal: Surprise

In my family, the meal commonly known as "shepard's pie" is called "surprise". This is what I grew up with, and this is what my husband and I call this meal, today.

I think that my mom called this meal "surprise" because it was always surprise as to what would be inside. You could really make any variation of this you want by using different meat, vegetables, cheese, etc. For the most part though, my mom would use ground beef, green beans, cream of mushroom soup, mashed potatoes and American cheese. The surprise that I made this weekend, was a little bit different.


1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 (12 oz.) bag frozen mixed vegetables
16-20 oz. fresh ground turkey
2-3 fresh green onions (chopped)
Mashed potatoes (made with 2-3 idaho potatoes)
6 slices American cheese

(I doubled the ingredients to make two batches of "surprise" this weekend! One for us to enjoy now, and one for us to enjoy postpartum.)


Preheat oven to 375.

Make mashed potatoes to your liking, set aside. Brown ground turkey and drain the grease, add chopped green onions, season with salt and pepper.

Start layering: ground turkey on the bottom, followed by vegetables, then add cream of mushroom soup, top it off with mashed potatoes.

Bake for 15 minutes. Add American cheese, bake for an additional 10 minutes.

This meal was so comforting because it tasted so much like the "surprise" my mom use to make for me when I was growing up. I am definitely looking forward to enjoying this meal again, postpartum!

For more meals that you can freeze for postpartum (or any reason, really) you can click the links below!

Sausage and Spinach Pasta Bake
Turkey Meatloaf
Homemade No-Rise Pizza Dough


  1. i love your recipes. You seem to be doing well eating healthy and it's so obvious so happy!!! Might try that i've never ate shepard's pie

    1. Let me know if you give it a try! It's so good, I promise! :)