What’s your current guilty pleasure? At the moment mine is UK X Factor. Yes, I admit it, I look forward to settling down with my feet up, a glass of red, Simon, the other judges and a load of wannabe pop stars.
Most of my friends aren’t fans these days. When I mention it, I hear, “Oh you still watch X Factor. I stopped watching that years ago.” Leaving me feeling like the un-coolest person in the coffee shop.
Sadly the start of UK X Factor in September is also an indication that summer is on its way out. The kids have headed back to school, the temperature takes a dip, and it’s like boom, summer is over, and we’re on a countdown to Christmas. Scary, right?
Anyway, what’s this got to do with cottage pie? Well if I had to describe a cottage pie I’d say it’s a comfort food, a winter warmer and a family favourite packed full of nutrients. So with the dip in the temperature, I dug out this recipe. Plus it goes well with a nice glass of red.
Ground Flax Seeds
I add ground flax seeds to lots of my stews and casseroles as an extra source of omega 3 because I can’t get my lad to eat oily fish.
Green Split Lentils
I’ll be honest I usually use red split lentils in this cottage pie recipe, but the store had run out. Green lentils retain their shape better so are fine for this recipe.
Lentils have Magnesium to help turn our food into energy and also protein, fibre, potassium, calcium and more.
Kale has vitamins A and K as do sweet potatoes. Vitamin K is essential for blood-clotting proteins. Vitamin A helps maintain healthy skin, vision and aids the body’s immune system.
And not forgetting kale has vitamin C to help absorb the iron in this recipe.
If you’re counting calories, this is a hearty meal and comes in around 530 calories per portion. But it’s a complete meal with mash and full of vegetables.
If you feel you need something extra on the side you could add a salad or another steamed vegetable of your choice.
I used a red Lodge Stoneware dish to bake the cottage pie in. I have several sizes and colours but the red ones come in handy at Christmas and add a festive touch to any table.
And talking of Christmas, if you want to lose a few pounds before then so you;
- have more energy to run around after the kids
- can treat yourself to a pair of new jeans in a smaller size
- can slip into a slim fit dress for the Christmas party.
Drop me a comment as I love to hear from you and share this recipe with your friends.