Almost Shepherd's Pie

Adding different vegetables into the meat component of the meal is a good way of getting kids used to eating vegetables.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 sticks celery, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 bunch English spinach, leaves only, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 cup hot water
  • salt and pepper

Topping

  • 500g kumera, cooked and mashed
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup Italian Parmesan cheese, grated

Method

  1. Heat stir-fry pan on medium-hot flame. Add mince, onion, celery and carrots. Stir-fry until meat changes colour and the onion is transparent.
  2. Add peas, broccoli, garlic and tomato paste. Stir -fry until meat and vegetable mixture becomes quite dry. Add soy sauce, mix well.
  3. Add hot water, cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. Stir chopped spinach through, season to taste.
  5. Transfer cooked mince into an oven-proof dish or 4 individual dishes. Preheat oven to 180 C.
  6. Spread mashed kumera over the meat and vegetable mixture, sprinkle with salt and pepper and score it with a fork. Spread Parmesan cheese over the top.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden.