The Healthy Food Corner – Cottage Pie

Hello all 😀

I’m super excited to be sharing a recipe today. Being on a diet isn’t always easy. You sometimes have to be creative with food to still make it enjoyable. Kevin and I have a few standard recipes we work with and we make variations on them, but you can’t eat the same thing (but different) every single week, can you ? A while ago we bought one of Jamie Olivers cookbooks and found some recipes that we like, but they are not your every day standard recipes. Most of them need special things, like fresh herbs. In our house we don’t (can’t) keep fresh herbs, because we have herb eating cats :p I brought herbs several times, you know those in a little pot of dirt, but they get eaten every time.

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And then one day, we were walking  in out local supermarket and at the checkout we saw this book 🙂 We both love to watch ‘The Hairy Bikers’ on tv and we didn’t know they actually made a book about them slimming (actually they have 3) My boyfriend immediately put it in our cart and we took it home. Their recipes are simple and don’t really need a lot of special things. Most of them don’t cost a lot and can be made on a budget 😀 (BIG PLUS) I found the recipes surprisingly normal. They are leaner, less calorie, yet very tasty adaptations of meals you would never make when you are on a diet.

Because of my diet, I have to adapt most of the recipes to the portions I can eat of each different ingredient, but mostly it’s only the meat and the potatoes, pasta or rice I have to adapt. This week I took their Cottage Pie recipe and adapted it for 2 people with our quantities. If you want to see the original recipe with the original quantities you can see that here.

Here is what I made of it. It’s about 550 calories per portion. You’ll be amazed what portion you can eat for only that amount of calories 😀 ^^

Cottage Pie (for 2 persons)

Ingredients:

* 300 grams ground veal (or ground beef)

* 1 small onion chopped (I used frozen ready chopped about 130 grams)

* 2 medium carrots chopped in small cubes (about 180 grams) 

* 400 grams of canned tomato cubes (or full tomatoes)

* 100 grams celery chopped in small pieces (either normal or celeriac)

* 300 grams of crumbly potatoes 

* 1 teaspoon of butter (or oil)

* 75 ml of semi skimmed milk (or low fat cooking cream)

* 2 tablespoons of tomato puree

* 1 beef stock cube (to make 500 ml of stock)

* 1 tablespoon Worcester sauce

* Mixed dried herbs to your liking

* Salt

* Ground black pepper

Put a non-stick pan over a medium heat. Put the mince, the onions, celery and carrots together and cook for about 10 minutes until slightly coloured. Break up the mince while cooking. You can use a wooden spoon to break it up. I didn’t use any oil or butter to cook this.

Stir in the tomatoes, tomato puree, beef stock, Worcester sauce and mixed dried herbs. Season with some salt and plenty of ground pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the head and let it simmer for about 40 minutes. Put on the lid loosely and stir occasionally until the mince is tender. This will take about 40 minutes.

About 20 minutes before the meat is ready make the potato topping. Peel the potatoes and cut then into pieces. They don’t need to be tiny. Put them into a large pot and cover them with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook them until tender. That will take about 20 minutes.

Drain the potatoes, season to taste and mash with the butter and milk until you have a smooth(ish) puree.

Preheat the oven to 220°C / 425 F. Pour the meet into a shallow (2 litre) ovenproof dish. Use a large spoon and top of the beef with the mashed potatoes. Start at the edges and slowly head to the middle.

Put the dish in the oven for about 30 minutes until the topping is golden and the filling is bubbling. 

You can make this pie ahead of time. Let it cool, cover and put in the fridge. You can heat up the cold pie in a 210°C / 410 F oven for about 40-50 minutes.

The top picture is how it looked in the book.They mixed leak into the potatoes, but since my boyfriend doesn’t like that, I didn’t. The bottom picture is how mine turned out. I just had enough potatoes to cover my dish. 

You would say you can feed about 4 persons with this dish, but it’s for only 2 people !!! My boyfriend ate his half, but I only ate half of my half. I saved the other half for the next day. After half of my half, I was full and didn’t feel hungry for the rest of the evening. So I only are about 275 calories and I was full.

If you make this dish, please take a picture and tag me on Instagram or Twitter (@ Bunnywunnie8) and use #cookingwithbunnieschoice.

Did you know good food doesn’t need to be fatty food?

Be Happy !!!

Bunnie

 

 

 

 

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