It is Christmas after all!
It's officially hoodie season - there's a slight nip in the air, halloween is looming and warm, home comfort foods are being cooked throughout the UK.
With this in mind, I thought it the perfect time to share one of my all-time favourite savoury comfort foods...cottage pie.
I've taken this recipe and simplified it so much that pretty much anybody will be able to make it!
Using prepared mashed potato that can be picked up in any grocery store and gravy granules that are a staple of most pantries makes this a quick and delicious meal which is also packed full of protein and nutrients. Of course, you're more than welcome to make your own!
LAINEY'S TOP TIPS:
LEFTOVERS - If, miraculously there is any cottage pie left over, this can be easily stored in the fridge for up to 2 days or, portioned out and saved in the freezer for those dinner emergencies!
DIETARY REQUIREMENTS - This recipe can be adapted to suit most dietary requirements. For vegetarians, the minced beef can be subbed for quorn. Or, if you're on a Keto diet, you can add butter to root veg mash or cauliflower mash and use full fat grated cheddar cheese to crisp it up!
- 400g Extra Lean Minced Beef
- 3 Garlic Cloves - Finely Diced
- 1 Red Onion - Finely Diced
- 75g Frozen Peas
- 100g Grated Carrot
- 25g Gravy Granules
- 300ml Boiling Water
- 400g Mashed Potato (I used pre-made mashed potato).
- 40g Grated Low Fat Protein Cheese
- Preheat the oven to 190C.
- On a medium heat, oil the pan with a low calorie oil spray - brown your garlic and onion, stirring continuously to ensure no burning.
- Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Once the onion has softened, add in the extra lean minced beef and brown over a medium heat.
- Add in the frozen peas and grated carrot. Heat until the vegetables have become soft and then add in the prepared gravy.
- Continue to cook over a medium heat, stirring continuously.
- Once cooked, add the mince and gravy mixture to a casserole dish.
- Top with mashed potato.
- Score the top of the mashed potato using a fork and top with grated cheese (this will help the potato to crisp up).
- Pop the casserole dish into the preheated oven and cook for 30 minutes (do not cover).
- Remove from the oven and enjoy with the family!
Serves 4 - PER SERVING.
- Protein: 30g
- Carbohydrates: 20g
- Fats: 8g
- Calories: 280kcal