Ah the humble shepherd’s pie. Never has there been a better way to dress up leftover mince and whatever veggies are left in the bottom of the crisper.
Though the word ‘pie’ brings to mind layers of flaky pastry, thick gravy and a serious lack of anything green, this particular recipe is different. And you can find more delicious recipes like this on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge!
Free from butter, pastry and gravy and chock full of lean mince and veggies. This improved version of an old favourite makes a weight loss friendly, delicious meal option.
When most people picture a shepherd’s pie, they see the golden mashed potato that makes up the top of the dish. While there are worse things you could indulge in, mashed potato isn’t a great option for those following a weight loss plan.
High GI and (usually) containing a generous amount of butter, mashed potato doesn’t add any real nutritional value to the dish. Swapping it for low GI, beta-carotene rich sweet potato is a healthier but still yummy alternative. Roasting the sweet potato brings out its natural sweetness which tastes delicious when combined with the mince and veggies.
While the traditional shepherd’s pie is light on the veggies, this one features a whole rainbow of different colours and flavours. This is especially good for upping your vegetable intake if you struggle with getting enough in.
Mums may also find that this makes a great meal option for picky eaters, as the sweet potato and mince help disguise less popular inclusions.
TOP TIP: This is perfect for Sunday supper or an easy weeknight dinner. There will even be leftovers for the next day’s lunch. To make preparation even easier, buy a packet of pre-diced casserole veggies. These usually contain a mixture of carrot, celery and other seasonal vegetables and can be used instead of the individual vegetables listed above.
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