Hearty weekday dinner: Cottage pie

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Great to freeze for another day if you have leftovers

Cottage pie
Cottage pie is a cheap and easy dinner and ideal for freezing. As your due date gets closer, try making a couple of batches and freezing into portions. This way you won't have to worry too much about cooking for the first few weeks after baby is born as you'll have healthy ready-made meals that you can defrost and pop in the microwave.

Serves: 4 adults


  • 1kg potato chopped into chunks
  • 350g extra lean minced beef
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 carrot finely chopped
  • 1 courgette finely chopped
  • 100g green beans chopped
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 50g sweetcorn
  • 4 tsp reduced salt gravy granules


Cook the potatoes in a large saucepan of boiling water until tender, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat a large saucepan, add the minced beef - a handful at a time - cooking until browned.

Stir in the onion, carrot, courgette, green beans and mixed herbs. Add 450 ml water and bring to the boil.

Simmer without a lid for 20 minutes.

Preheat the grill and warm a large baking dish under it for 1-2 minutes. Drain and mash the potatoes,
seasoning them with some pepper.

Add the sweetcorn to the mince mixture, then sprinkle in the gravy granules, stirring until thickened.
Season if needed, then tip into the baking dish. Spoon the mash on top, spreading it out to cover the mince,
then grill until browned. Serve at once.

Tip 1: To make a veggie version of this pie, use meet free mince and vegetable gravy granules instead of beef.

Tip 2: If your kids don't like pieces of courgette, try grating it instead so they won't notice it so much!


15 mins


30 mins


Per adult portion (i.e. ¼ recipe)
360 kcals/1505kJ
26g protein
7g fat, of which 2g saturates
51g carbohydrate, of which 5g sugars
5g dietary fibre
337mg sodium
0.8g salt

For more healthy meal ideas head over to www.nhs.uk/Change4Life

For more information on pregnancy health and advice go to www.nhs.uk/Start4Life
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