It’s that time of year (well, on THIS side of the world anyway!) when we are looking for cosy, warming, COMFORT food….
The stuff that fills your belly, nourishes your soul and leaves you feeling UBER content!
Shepherds Pie would have to be one of those classics that MOST of us LOVE, and the awesome thing about it is that with just a few tweaks it can go from a relatively healthy meal, to an OUTSTANDINGLY nutritious meal AND not lose ONE IOTER of its deliciousness!
In true Bridget style, this will be more a GUIDE than a RECIPE…
I actually used what I had available in the cupboard for this one, however there are SO many ways to adjust and adapt it to make it more/less tasty, healthy, nourishing, vegetarian, meaty, etc! You can make it EXACTLY the way YOU enjoy best!
A rough guide, and the way I did this one is:
-500g organic beef mince (for a vego option, use straight lentils, maybe add some kidney beans)
-chopped onion- red or brown
-tin organic tomatoes
-2-3 fresh chopped tomatoes
-steamed and mashed sweet and normal potato (skin on) – I used two med/large sweet potatoes and 4 med white potatoes
-salt to taste
-In a pan heat olive oil and add chopped onion, garlic and chilli. Allow to aromatise (that actually IS a word! After I thought I made it up, I checked! LOL)
-When ready, add the beef mince, mixing to ensure even cooking.
-Once browned add your fresh and tinned tomatoes.
-After a few minutes, add your lentils.
-Season to taste and allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes.
-Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees and get your potato steamed.
-Once your potato is steamed, mash in whatever way you enjoy! Add some butter if you like, or a little stock and water, or both!
-Once the mince is done, pour onto the base of an oven-proof dish (rectangular or circular- whatever you like best!)
-Top the mince with the potato mix and sprinkle with a little parmesan
-Place in the oven and bake for 20-30minutes until the potato is browned to your liking!
-Enjoy and serve with a fresh side salad (as pictured above), or some extra steamed veg
As always, be sure to let me know what you think of this one and any exciting variations you come up with!
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Until next time, stay cosy and ENJOY some delicious and nutritious comfort food!
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