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Super Healthy Cottage Pie

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Serves 4

The ultimate in tasty comfort food, this healthy cottage pie made with turkey and sweet potato will keep you happy all night long.
Per serve: 1348kj (321cals); 3.9g total fat (1.1g saturated fat); 7g fibre


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You’ll need

600g peeled sweet potato
Oil spray
500g lean turkey mince
1 large onion (160g), finely sliced
2 celery sticks (100g), finely sliced
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 cup frozen peas (110g)
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp ground sage
1 cup stock
¼ cup skim milk, warmed
2 tsp light margarine
1 spring onion (15g), finely chopped

Let’s go

Spray four 1½ cup capacity ramekins or one 6 cup capacity oven dish with oil and set aside. Heat oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.

Dice sweet potato into 2cm cubes and spray lightly with oil. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until soft. While potato is baking, heat a large non-stick frying pan on medium-high, spray lightly with oil and add turkey mince, onion, celery and garlic with a pinch of salt. Cook until turkey is cooked and vegetables are softened (about 8 minutes). Add peas, tomato paste, Worcestershire Sauce, sage and stock. Stir through well and divide mixture among ramekins or place into oven dish.

Remove sweet potato from the oven and place into a bowl. Mash roughly, adding milk, margarine and spring onion to combine. Season with a little salt and pepper and place on top of the mince mixture. Spray lightly with oil and bake in the oven for 15 minutes until golden. Serve with a big salad or vegetables of your choice.

Cook’s Notes

  • If you can’t be bothered roasting the sweet potato or if you’re in a little more of a hurry, feel free to boil it and mash. The reason I roast it is to get a lovely roasty flavour.
  • Not all turkey mince is made equal. Make sure you grab a lean one made from turkey breast if you want to keep it extra light.
  • You can also use chicken or pork mince for this recipe – just make sure it’s lean mince.

Why it’s good for you
Lean turkey mince is a fantastic source of protein to fill you up. It’s also packed with tryptophan which keeps you happy. I’ve replaced the potato with sweet potato to boost the fibre content plus it’s low GI so it will keep you satisfied for longer.
Per serve: 1348kj (321cals); 3.9g total fat (1.1g saturated fat); 7g fibre

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