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Shepherd’s pie

4.5 serves of vegetables in each serve

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Serves: 4

4.5 serves of vegetables per serve

Diet and Allergies:


Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Serves: 4

4.5 serves of vegetables per serve

Diet and Allergies:



3 large potatoes, peeled
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 medium carrots, diced
1 medium zucchini, diced
400g lean beef mince
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp reduced-salt soy sauce
2 tsp no added salt tomato paste
Fresh or dried thyme to taste
Ground pepper
½ cup peas, frozen or canned
½ cup corn kernels, frozen or canned
1 reduced-salt beef stock cube
2 – 2 ½ cups water
¼ cup red lentils
1 tsp plain flour with 2 tbsp water
2 tsp margarine
2-4 tbsp reduced fat milk


Step 1

Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced).

Step 2

Boil the potatoes for about 15 minutes or until tender.  Drain

Step 3

Meanwhile heat oil in a large frypan and cook onion, carrot and zucchini.

Step 4

Add the meat and stir breaking up the lumps of meat.

Step 5

Add sauces, tomato paste, thyme, pepper, peas and corn.

Step 6

Dissolve the beef stock cube in water and add to the pan along with the lentils.  Stir, reducing the heat and cook covered for 30 mins.

Step 7

Mix flour and water to form a paste.

Step 8

Remove frypan from heat, stir flour paste into the mixture then return to stove to cook for one minute.

Step 9

Mash the potatoes with a small amount of reduced-fat milk and margarine.

Step 10

Spoon mince into shallow dish and cover with the potato.

Step 11

Bake for 30 minutes.

Serving suggestions:

  • Add 1 can of crushed tomatoes at the same time as the stock to turn into a Bolognaise sauce  
  • Top the mashed potato with 50g of reduced-fat cheese before baking in the oven. 

Ingredient swaps:

  • If you don’t have potato, you can use 1 large sweet potato or a mixture of potato and sweet potato. 
  • If you don’t have beef mince, you can use lamb mince. 

Budget tips:

  • Using some lentils to replace meat is a good way to stretch your shopping budget. 
  • Buy beef mince when it is on special and freeze until you need it. 

Reduce waste:

  • You can freeze leftovers. 
  • Dried red lentils are inexpensive and can be stored in the pantry to add to many meat dishes such as bolognaise sauce. 

Nutrition tips:

  • With vegetables and lentils, this recipe is an excellent source of fibre. 
  • Choose lean beef mince instead of regular fat to reduce saturated fat intake. 

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