Sweet Potato Cottage Pie

While we all love a good hearty shepherds pie, sometimes they can be quiet fattening! Try this recipe for our take on a cottage pie with sweet potato mash instead of regular potato, it will definitely go down a treat for the whole family!

 

Ingredients:

 1 tablespoon olive oilcottage-pie

 

 

 

 

 

 

400g can crushed tomatoes

2/3 cup frozen peas

600g orange sweet potato, peeled, chopped

1/4 cup milk

20g butter

1/3 cup grated cheddar cheese

Directions:

Step 1: Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, carrot and celery. Cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes or until onion has softened. Add mince. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up mince, for 5 minutes or until browned.

Step 2: Add worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, tomato and herbs. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until thickened. Stir in peas. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced.

Step 3: Meanwhile, cook potato in a saucepan of boiling water for 8 minutes or until just tender. Drain. Return to pan. Add milk and butter. Mash until smooth. Spoon beef mixture into a 5cm-deep, 6 cup-capacity ovenproof dish. Top with potato mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden. Serve.

Nutrition:

In one serving of this delicious pie there is 34 grams of protein and 7 grams of dietary fibre! High protein and high fibre foods leave you feeling fuller for longer which will stop you grabbing for those sweet treats in the evening.

Sweet potato is jam packed with nutrients, it has a very high beta-carotene content. Several recent studies have shown the superior ability of sweet potatoes to raise our blood levels of vitamin A. This benefit may be particularly true for children. In several studies from Africa, sweet potatoes were found to contain between 100-1,600 micrograms (RAE) of vitamin A in every 3.5 ounces—enough, on average, to meet 35% of all vitamin A needs, and in many cases enough to meet over 90% of vitamin A needs (from this single food alone).

If this isn’t reason enough to eat this then wait till you taste it! you’ll be cooking this dish at least once a week, and its one even the kids will love!