Jacintaz Cottage Pie

The importance of red meat in a child’s diet cannot be stressed enough. It provides a range of nutrients vital to development as it contains iron, zinc, and B vitamins, selenium and potassium. In recent times, there have been negative views about red meat but including a small portion of red meat in a chid’s diet helps to maintain good health even beyond childhood.

I was asked to come up with a dish that my family enjoys that contains red meat and I felt that nothing can beat a good old-fashioned Cottage Pie. I find that a cottage pie is easy to make and it can also contain a mix of vegetables to keep the balance. I used Elfe potatoes for this one and it was just delicious.

 

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Jacintaz Cottage Pie
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan/wok.
  3. Fry the onions for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the mince and the ginger and garlic and the beef stock.
  5. Fry until the meat is brown.
  6. Add the courgette and fry for another 2 minutes.
  7. Add the tomatoes and the puree and the coriander. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes.
  9. In the meantime, set the potatoes to boil.
  10. Once boiled, mash with the cheese, milk and salt and pepper.
  11. Place the meat in the roasting dish.
  12. Add the mashed potatoes over and gently smooth over with the back of a spoon.
  13. Use a fork to criss cross over the top.
  14. Cook in a pre-heated oven for about 25 minutes until top is golden.
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The children loved this dish and went for seconds too. I served it with a tomato, sweetcorn and rocket salad and olive bread. In fact my daughter said it has that kind of warm feeling that tells you autumn/winter is near which is the most exciting months for them. (Obviously with Christmas featuring in a big way).

This post is an entry for the BritMums #HealthyRedMeat Challenge, sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel

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