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Cottage Pie

This recipe serves 6. Enjoy!


2 large sweet potatoes, cubed

30mls low fat milk

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 large onion, diced

3 cloves of garlic, minced

2 tsp chilli flakes (optional)

1 carrot, diced

500g extra lean mince

2 x 400g cans of italian tomatoes

1 tsp dried italian herbs

1/2 tsp salt and pepper

  • Boil sweet potato in water until soft.
  • In a large pot add olive oil, onion, garlic, chilli flakes, and carrot and cook until soft
  • Add mince and salt/pepper to taste and cook until brown, stirring occasionally
  • Add the canned tomatoes and simmer for 15minutes
  • Add dried herbs and simmer for another 5 minutes
  • Place mince sauce in an ovenproof dish
  • Mash the sweet potato adding a little milk until smooth
  • Layer the mashed sweet potato on top of the mince sauce
  • Place in a preheated oven for 10 minutes until top is slightly brown
  • Serve with a large green salad
Sumaiya Essa

Sumaiya Essa RD (SA), completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics at the University of Kwazulu Natal in Pietermaritzburg. Having always believed that “you are what you eat” and chose this career in nutrition and dietetics to educate, inspire and encourage people to make the right food choices. As the great Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food”. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this blog are entirely my own. This website is for informational purposes and please be aware that any information contained within this website should not be considered as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not replace physical treatment with a medical professional.