Healthy alternatives to common winter comfort food
When the mercury drops we tend to crave more comfort food – warm, energy dense sustenance to get us through those long winter nights. Thankfully this type of food doesn’t have to destroy your physique.
Cottage pie with cauliflower mash
- 500g lean minced beef
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 2 celery sticks, sliced
- 2 medium carrots, diced
- 400g chopped tomatoes
- 2tbsp tomato purée
- 500ml beef stock
- 1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1tsp dried mixed herbs
- 1tbsp cold water
- Flaked sea salt
- Black pepper
- 1 cauliflower finely chopped
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 garlic clove, smashed
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- ¼ cup vegetable stock
- Preheat the oven to 200°C.
- In a large saucepan, cook the mince, onions, celery and carrots for 10 minutes until slightly coloured.
- Stir in the tomatoes, tomato purée, beef stock, Worcestershire sauce and mixed herbs.
- Bring the whole mixture to the boil, reduce the heat, cover and allow to simmer for 40 minutes (or until the meat is tender) making sure to stir occasionally.
- Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil in a large pot over a medium heat until softened. Add the chopped cauliflower and vegetable stock.
- Cover the pot and allow to simmer for 5 – 10 minutes.
- Remove the pot from the heat and place the cauliflower mixture in the blender until smooth and creamy.
- In a large oven-proof dish, layer the mince evenly and then layer the cauliflower mash over it.
- Place in the oven and bake for a further 40 minutes or until the mash turns golden brown.