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Cottage Pie Recipe
Dairy, soya and wheat free cottage pie recipe.
I haven’t used cheese on top of my cottage pie this time because I am not 100% sure if my son has reacted to the coconut oil in violife cheese. Once we figure it out through trial and error i’ll know if he’s ok to have violife or if I need to find him a dairy, soya and coconut free cheese! If you’re ok with violife or cheezly then they’ll work great in this recipe.
Spinach leaves aren’t commonly used in cottage pie but I like to hide as many greens as I can in my sons food. I always try and include foods which are high in calcium too, you can see a list of non dairy foods which are high in calcium here. I’d recommend using what ever vegetables you have to hand, the more the merrier I say!
3 tablespoons of pure sunflower oil
750g beef mince
1 onion finely chopped
2 carrots finely chopped
1 swede finely chopped
2 garlic cloves
3 tablespoons of wheat free flour – I used Doves Farm wheat and gluten free flour which I bought in Tesco’s.
200g tinned chopped tomatoes
250ml beef stock
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon of dried thyme
1 tablespoon of dried parsley
2 tablespoons of HP brown sauce
A handful of spinach leaves finely chopped
For the mash:
1kg potatoes, chopped
4 heaped tablespoons of dairy and soya free spread
If using cheese – 200g grated dairy and soya free cheese
1. Boil or steam the potatoes, carrots and swede. While they are softening heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large frying pan and fry the beef mince until browned. Set mince aside and use the rest of the oil in the frying pan to fry the onion, garlic and spinach leaves. Return the mince to the pan and stir in the tinned tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, HP brown sauce, parsley and thyme. Add the beef stock and let simmer for around 20 minutes. Stir in the wheat and gluten free flour to thicken the gravy. If a lot of liquid remains, increase the heat slightly to reduce the gravy a little.
2. Make the mash using 150g of the dairy and soya free grated cheese, the dairy and soya free spread and all of the potatoes. Mash well and season with salt and pepper. – I didn’t use cheese in my mash this time, just the dairy and soya free spread and it still tastes great!
3. Spoon meat into oven proof dish. Spoon the mash on top to cover and sprinkle over the remaining grated cheese (if using). Heat oven to Gas mark 7/200c Fan and cook for around 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
You can freeze this recipe, I separated the left overs into little pots for my son and placed them in the freezer so I always have a meal to hand for him.
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