Thursday, 21 May 2015

Easy Shepherd's Pie with Edgell Plus One Vegetables


*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Edgell.

Shepherd's Pie is one of those wonderful family meals that are simple and hearty. There's no better word than 'hearty' to describe a dish that's so loaded with protein, vegetables and the filling Winter goodness of mashed potatoes to top it off.

Absolutely delicious!

This month I have been collaborating with Edgell behind the scenes here and I am so pleased to announce that I am officially Edgell's Blogger of the Month for May. Yay! Such an honour!

You may have seen some commercials on TV lately for Edgell Plus One? If you're wondering what it's all about, it's a campaign about adding the goodness of an extra serve of vegetables to your diet by simply adding any can of Edgell vegetables to a meal you already make.

I was invited to participate in this challenge myself by adapting some of my own regular bakes and I will be featuring my Edgell creations here over the next week or so.

Naturally, Shepherd's Pie was one of the first things I considered trying out the Plus One method on. I've got to say it was a great success too! Just one extra tin of Edgell, made a huge difference to the flavour and bulk of my otherwise regular recipe. (I used Edgell's Peas, Corn and Carrots in this recipe as their Mixed Vegetables were not available at my supermarket but feel free to try either.) Similarly, use any meat you prefer. Lamb is traditional but I don't eat it, so beef is what features in this recipe.


This is a tasty and child-friendly dinner and I will definitely be making my new improved Edgell version over the old from here on.

Easy Shepherd's Pie with Edgell Vegetables

500gm lean minced beef
125gm tomato paste
1 tin of diced, peeled tomatoes (drain a little of the excess juice)
420gm tin of Edgell Mixed Vegetables drained and rinsed
1 small red pepper diced
1 zucchini, diced
I small onion chopped
5-6 medium potatoes, peeled (choose a good mashing variety as these will form the topping on your pie)
2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Milk and margarine or butter to taste (for mashed potato)
Tasty cheese and sweet paprika to top the mashed potato 'lid'.'


Add peeled, roughly chopped potatoes to a large pot with enough water to cover and a pinch of salt and bring to the boil. When cooked through, drain water and mash the potatoes to a smooth consistency with some salt and pepper and a little milk and butter. Cover and set aside.


Brown the beef (or your preferred meat choice) and soften the onion together in a splash of olive oil and drain off the excess liquid.

Add the fresh vegetables, (red pepper and zucchini) and heat for a minute or two to soften.

Add the loosely drained diced tomatoes and tomato paste, sweet chilli sauce and Worcestershire sauce to the meat and mix well.


Add the Edgell Mixed Vegetables - your Plus One serve and mix and heat gently for around 2 minutes.


Pour the meat and vegetable mix into an ovenproof dish and pat down gently before topping with the mashed potatoes, a generous sprinkling of tasty cheese and paprika to decorate. A splash of dried or fresh parsley goes very well too.

When ready to serve, bake in the oven at 190 degrees C for around 20 minutes until sufficiently heated through and the cheese is golden. If you're eating it straight away, you need only brown the top under a grill.

 
Serve with whatever your prefer: Salad, fries or a side of extra vegetables.

 
Being Blogger of the Month with Edgell, means that this recipe was sent along to Edgell's test kitchen where it was baked and professionally photographed for inclusion on their site.
Please pop on over to the Edgell Plus One website to see my recipe for Easy Shepherd's Pie and discover some other great food ideas for your family while you're there.

Check back too, as there's a series of my recipes to be published on both sites.


*Disclosure: Six Little Hearts received a voucher in exchange for this feature.
All opinions expressed are those of this blog's Author.

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22 comments:

  1. I make shepherds pie to get the veges into the kids..it's less of a yawn if they can cover them in sauce!!

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    1. It is so easy and tasty and I agree, a great way to conceal those 'offending' vegetables from kids.

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  2. Shepherds Pie is always popular in our house too, I love it! This is a great recipe full of extra veggies. Thanks for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays, hove a great weekend x

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    1. So delicious! Thanks for visiting. :D

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  3. I am surprised I've never made this. Mum used to make it for us when I was younger. I will have to give this recipe a go! And YAY to you for being Edgell's Blogger for May!

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    1. Oh you are missing out! Be sure to try it - it is also a great baby / toddler dish. Very tasty.

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  4. Oh I do love a good shepherds pie. Yum. I know what to do with my the Bolognese sauce I have in the freezer now. xx

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    1. Perfect for that purpose. I like to throw leftovers in Shepherd's Pie too. Reheated dinners are fantastic wish mash and cheese on top.

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  5. I am all for quick and easy ways to add veggies to dinner. One for the win!

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    1. This is so loaded with them. We were impressed with my new Edgell version.

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  6. This is a go-to recipe for hidden veg at our place too- everyone loves it :)

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    1. It's such a yummy Winter meal - I look forward to it in Summer when the salads start to wear thin!

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  7. Oh yum!! I love shepherds pie!! Massive congrats on being the blogger of the month - so well deserved!!

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  8. Yum! Great way to get some extra veg into the kiddies... and some recalcitrant hubbies ;)

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    1. Oh no! Not a grown-up trouble maker?! :D

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  9. Oh my this looks lovely! I'm so hungry now after seeing this. I haven't had a good shepherds pie in a long time in fact I can't even remember when I had it last especially home cooked!
    I must recreate this!

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    1. Please do Nikita and let me know what you think. Your little one would love this (you too). x

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  10. I love a good Shepherd pie. I think I might do this tomorrow. Yum

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    1. Let me know if you do and what you think! :D

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