There’s nothing better than a hearty British meal on a autumnal day to keep you warm and cosy. This is a veggie twist on a Shepard’s pie, with lentils, borlotti beans and sweet potato mash. This was a total experiment when I first made this and to my surprise, turned out to be one of my favourite dishes to make. Packed with protein, fibre, iron and beta-carotene, have a go at making this for around 50p per portion!
Shepherds pie has always been a go to comfort food for me and is so easy to make, ready in just over an hour. It’s perfect for just you or feeding the whole family. Serving this up on my dining table reminds me of family meals at the dinner table when I was younger – however my shepherds pie is a little different from my mum’s.
To save cost, I have used split red lentils and borlotti beans to replace the minced meat which work a treat – costing about 65p compared to around £3 for minced meat. Mixed with courgettes, onion, carrots, mushrooms and flavoured with garlic, rosemary and thyme, you seriously won’t miss the meat.
For the top, i’ve gone with a rich and butty sweet potato mash. Sweet potatoes are rich in an antioxidant known as beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A once consumed. Also, unlike white potatoes, around 80g of sweet potato counts as one of your five a day.
Of course, like nearly every meal I make, this is super freezer friendly. It also keeps for up to 3 days in the fridge – so take it along to work for a hearty lunch to get you through the day when it’s cold outside.
You can make this a complete vegetarian dish, by using plant based milk for the mash and using a vegetable stock instead of beef. You can even go fully vegan on this, removing the butter and just using a generous amount of olive oil. And of course, throw in any veggies you want – cooking is all about what to love!
So go ahead, cook up this hearty, delicious meal, all for around 50p per portion and open your mind to meat alternative British classics. Follow the recipe below and remember to leave a comment about your thoughts and rate the recipe!
Note: Price per portion reflect purchasing ingredients from either Aldi or Asda.
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