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Butternut Shepherds Pie

Fabulous Family Eats

  • Lcal
  • GF
  • NF
Fabulous Family Eats

This much-loved dish gets a pumpkin makeover. Replacing the traditional potato topping with mashed butternut pumpkin not only adds colour, nutrients and more flavour but it cuts the calories down too.

canola oil cooking spray
beef mince, ground, extra lean, (or pork / lamb)600 g
onion, brown, fresh, chopped1
garlic cloves, fresh, finely chopped2
tomato paste, no added salt2 tbsp
cauliflower florets, fresh, finely chopped1 cup
broccoli florets, fresh, finely chopped1 cup
zucchini, fresh, grated1
celery, stalks, fresh, finely chopped2
carrots, fresh, grated2
italian mixed herbs, dried1 tbsp
chunky tomato passata cooking sauce, salt-reduced, jar750 mls
rock salt & cracked pepper to season

Poppy-Pumpkin Mash Topping:

pumpkin, butternut, fresh, peeled, cubed500 g
cheese, mozzarella, low-fat, grated70 g
poppy seeds1 tbsp
flaxseed meal1 tsp
parsley, continental, fresh, finely chopped2 tbsp

  1. Spray with oil and heat either a large, deep saucepan or deep non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Brown the meat by cooking it for 6-8 minutes. Stir frequently to break up the mince. Make a small circle in the middle of the pan, and add onions and garlic. Cook, for 2-3 minutes until soft.

  2. Stir in tomato paste and add all vegetables. Pour passata sauce over the top and stir thoroughly. Add mixed herbs and season with pepper & salt. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes on medium-low heat, until sauce has thickened. Stir occasionally.

  3. Preheat grill. Steam or microwave pumpkin for 5-6+ minutes, then mash when cooked. (I add a 1-2 tbls of low-fat milk, to make it fluffy and creamier, and 1 finely chopped spring onion).

  4. Transfer meat and vegetables to a deep rectangular shaped casserole dish or large ceramic baking dish. Spoon mashed pumpkin over the top. Sprinkle with cheese and place under the grill for 5-6 minutes until cheese has melted. Garnish with poppy seeds, flaxseed meal and parsley when ready to serve.

  5. TCB Tips:

    - Most supermarkets now sell pre-chopped pumpkin.

    - Make Shepherd's Pie waffles for the kids lunches. Spoon into mini pita bread pockets and grill both sides.

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Calories (per serving) 212
Protein 23.4g
Carbs 16.3g
Fat 5.9g

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