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Healthy Shepherds Pie

Just because your on a diet shouldn't mean that you can't enjoy traditional recipes. Diet Foods recommend making a few clever substitutions almost any recipe can be made healthy. Normal Mash Potato high on the G.I index has been replaced for Sweet Potato, which has much lower G.I and GL scores. Sweet Potato is also a super food packed full of Antioxidants and Vitamins, so tuck in!

Diet Foods' Shepherd's Pie Ingredients

Filling

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 500g of minced lamb
  • 2 small carrots, sliced finely
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons of dried mixed herbs
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato puree
  • 10floz/275ml vegetable stock
  • Seasoning

  • Topping

  • 1kg sweet potatoes cut into small pieces
  • 1 leek, cleaned and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 50g Cheddar cheese, grated

Diet Foods' Method

  1. Re-heat the oven to gas mark 6/400F/200C
  2. Heat the onions in olive oil over a low heat for 3-5 minutes, until they are soft.
  3. Add the lamb and carrots, continue to cook for a further 10 minutes, until the lamb is browned.
  4. Now add the seasoning, cinnamon and mixed herbs.
  5. Stir in the flour and combine the stock and tomato puree and add this to the lamb mixture.
  6. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, prepare the topping. Steam the sweet potatoes for approx. 10-15 minutes (until soft).
  8. Fry the leeks in the oil over a gentle heat, until hot.
  9. Place the sweet potatoes in a bowl with a little butter and mash them. Stir in the cooked leeks and season with black pepper.
  10. Place the meat mixture into a greased oven proof dish, spread the potato and leeks mixture over the top and sprinkle with grated cheese (optional).
  11. Bake for approx 20 minutes until the top is crisp and golden.
  12. Serve with fresh vegetables.

Posted on 27th January 2012

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