The way you cook food can make a difference

When you are trying to eat healthily and lose weight you might think that you need to cut out family favourites because they have too many calories but that isn’t always the case.

Just by the way you cook your meals you can make them lower in fat and calories but equally tasty and a great example of this is a cottage pie.

By grilling your mince before adding it and making the dish with tinned tomatoes mushrooms and onions; mixed with a beef stock cube, herbs and some Worcestershire sauce and topped with potato mixed with swede you will be full and satisfied so check out this recipe


Cottage Pie with Herby Mash

450 calories per portion

Prep and cooking time: I hour

Serves 2


1 tsp olive oil

I small red onion chopped

2 carrots chopped

1 stick celery chopped

100 grams mushrooms sliced

200 grams of lean minced beef

200 mls of beef or vegetable stock

1 tbsp of tomato puree

1 tsp mixed dry herbs

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

450g of baking type potatoes

2 tbsps skimmed link

2 tbsps snipped fresh chives

2 tbsps of chopped parsley

To cook

Heat oil in a heavy- based lidded saucepan. Add red onion, carrots and celery and sauté over a medium heat for 6-8 minutes until soft. Stir in the mushrooms and cover for a further minute.

Stir in the stock, tomato puree, dried herbs and Worcestershire sauce and black pepper. Bring to the boil then simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile make the mince into burger shapes and grill under a medium heat till cooked

Add the minced beef stirring to break up and cook for a further  5 minutes

Meanwhile, peel and cook the potatoes. Drain well and return to the pan adding the milk and the fresh herbs season with black pepper and keep warm.

Heat your oven to 200º/180º fan or gas mark 6.

Transfer the meat to an oven proof dish, top with the mash to cover the meat. Place on a baking a sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until topping is browned serve with green vegetables.

You can try mixing swede, turnips or parsnips with boiled potatoes for the topping.

You can also use the meat mixture as a jacket potato topping or with spaghetti or lasagne.

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