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a perfect pie

Warm and cozy comfort food for the months to come


Once your baby is born, preparing a dinner from scratch will probably be the last thing on your sleep-deprived mind. But before she arrives, you can get a start on stocking the freezer with flavorful, nutritious meals (like this one) that keep for months. This Picadillo Pie — a lighter, more healthful version of the Cuban favorite — is made with lean ground turkey, so it packs lots of protein but is low in fat. Plus, a meat-and-potatoes meal is sure to please partners with hearty appetites. Prepare it in a glass baking dish so you can reheat it in the oven or microwave.

Picadillo Pie

Serves 4

    2     small russet potatoes, peeled and cubed

    3/4     cup 2-percent milk

    1     teaspoon kosher salt

    1     tablespoon olive oil

    1     medium yellow onion, diced

    2     cloves garlic, minced

    1     medium red bell pepper, diced

    1     teaspoon ground cumin

    1     teaspoon dried oregano

    1     pound extra-lean ground turkey

    1     medium zucchini, diced

    1     10-ounce box frozen corn, defrosted

    1     cup canned crushed tomatoes

    3/4     cup golden raisins

    1/4     cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Bring potatoes to a boil in a small saucepan and simmer until soft, about 12 minutes. Drain. Return to pan, add milk and salt, and mash until smooth. Set aside.

    Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic and bell pepper; sauté until just soft, about 4 minutes. Add cumin and oregano; sauté 1 minute. Increase heat to high and add turkey; cook, breaking up with a spoon, about 5 minutes. Add last five ingredients; cook 2 minutes. Season with salt if desired. Scoop mixture into 8-by-8-inch freezable glass baking dish; pack lightly. Spread potatoes evenly over top.

    To serve immediately, bake 15 minutes in 375? F oven or until hot. To freeze (up to 4 months), skip this step.

    To reheat in oven: Preheat oven to 375? F and bake 70 minutes or until filling bubbles. In microwave: Heat on high 3 minutes, rotate, and heat 2–4 more minutes or until hot.

Nutritional information per serving (2 cups): 442 calories, 29 percent fat (14 grams), 19 percent carbohydrate (56 grams), 52 percent protein, 97 milligrams calcium, 3.6 milligrams iron, 196 micrograms folate, 8 grams fiber.

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