Healthy swap recipe: Cottage Pie with Sweet potato

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Thursday, April 4th, 2013
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Home-cooked meals are higher in nutrients, lower in trans fats, saturated fats, sodium and calories and don’t contain any unknown additives and fillers.” – Food Revolution, 2012

This week in the spotlight we have a quick and easy healthy take on that family classic – Cottage Pie with Sweet potato, giving an interesting flavour twist to this classic family favourite.

Healthy Cottage Pie recipe:

  1. Peel and chop sweet potatoes, add to water and boil until al dente. (£1.89 per 1kg*)
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, peel and slice carrots, onion and celery
  3. Sautee onion, carrot, celery in a little oil and add mince meat (extra lean if possible), continue cooking until mince is browned (£4 for all*)
  4. Add chopped tomatoes, Worchester sauce and herbs to the mince meat (£0.79* assuming Worchester sauce and herbs in store cupboard at home, better to use them than have them gather dust and go out of date!)
  5. Bring the now fabulous aromatic mince mix to boil then simmer and stir in frozen peas (£0.50*)
  6. Drain potato, mash and add seasoning, butter and milk if desired
  7. Pour mince, veg and sauce into bottom of an oven proof dish, top with the sweet potato mash and bake in the oven for 30 minutes
  8. Add cheese to the mash topping if desired, et voila, bon appetite!

Serves: 4

Total preparation time: 15minutes

Total cooking time: 1 hour (however this meal can be cooked at the weekend and frozen)

Total Cost:  £7.18* or £1.80* per person

Versus

Meal for one from Sainsbury’s – frozen Cottage Pie at a cost of £1.69* (to feed 4 = £6.76*)

Or

Meal for one from Tesco – frozen Cottage Pie at a cost of £1.75* (to feed 4 = £7.00*)

The above comparisons are all made using regular potatoes and nowhere near the vegetable quantities in our yummie recipe! Give it a try tonight.

* As per 27th Feb 2013 Food Revolution volunteer’s research


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