The Real Food Plan Frugal Shepherds Pie

Easy Peasy, Tasty Shepherds Pie

So I started by frying a couple of chopped onions in some coconut oil (olive oil would do if coconut freaks you out!). Once the onions are soft in goes 400-500g of lamb mince and 2 x cloves garlic – chopped. Brown the mince and then chuck in whichever veg you are using – I did 2 x celery stick – chopped and 2 x carrots – chopped. I then added 4 x fresh tomatoes – chopped, a Kallo Organic Beef Stock Cube, 500ml of water250g lentils and a sprinkle each of Oregano, Basil and Thyme. Towards the end of the cooking time I added a good handful of frozen peas to the mix too.

This then cooks for about an hour to an hour and a half until the sauce is nicely thickened and the lentils are cooked.

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* I got 3 x 2 person portions out of this so it would serve about 6 people with sides – I’ll be serving it with some swede mash and some green veg like broccoli. If not serving any sides it would serve 4 very generous portions.

* Any dried green herbs will do – I would’ve used mixed herbs but didn’t have any left so just chuck in a sprinkle of what you’ve got.

* To be even more frugal you could use more onion, more lentils and/or more veg. Try green beans, sweetcorn, courgette – anything you like really!

* You could be more frugal and not use organic mince but I prefer to use a smaller amount of organic meat and top up with beans or lentils as I don;t like to eat non-organic meat but that’s just my preference :) My 500g of lamb mince was only £4 so not expensive really.

* Veggie/Vegan Version – just do the lentils and use a vegetable stock cube instead. I’d also add a tablespoon of tomato paste to deepen the flavour.


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