What you eat, and how much, is so important for your health and your waistline.
Cooking healthier meals at home is a small, simple change that can have big benefits in the long run. We're showcasing easy weekly recipes to help you on your way.
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Classic cottage pie
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
- 1kg potatoes, washed and cut into chunks
- 350g extra-lean minced beef
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1 courgette, finely chopped
- 100g green beans, chopped
- 50g sweetcorn
- 450ml cold water
- 4 teaspoons reduced-salt gravy granules
- 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
- 1 pinch ground black pepper
- Cook the potatoes in a large saucepan of boiling water until tender, about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat a large saucepan and add the minced beef a handful at a time, cooking until browned.
- Stir in the onion, carrot, courgette, green beans and mixed herbs. Add 450ml water and bring to the boil. Simmer without a lid for 20 minutes.
- Preheat the grill and warm a large baking dish under it for 1 to 2 minutes. Drain and mash the potatoes, seasoning them with some pepper.
- Add the sweetcorn to the mince mixture, then sprinkle in the gravy granules, stirring until thickened. Season if needed, then tip into the baking dish.
- Spoon the mash on top, spreading it out to cover the mince, and grill for a few minutes until browned. Serve immediately.
To make a veggie version, swap in vegetarian mince and gravy granules.
Try grating the courgette for a different texture.
- 1,531kJ / 363kcal
- 25.5g protein
- 5.3g fat, of which 2.6g saturates
- 49.7g carbohydrate, of which 5.6g sugars
- 7.2g fibre
- 0.8g salt
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