Kate Allinson & Kay Featherstone
Kate & Kay’s Lamb, Rosemary and Sweet Potato Pie
Kate Allinson & Kay Featherstone
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 1 hr 30 mins
Low-calorie cooking spray
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
450g leg of lamb, diced, any visible fat removed
300ml beef stock (1 beef stock pot dissolved in 300ml boiling water)
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes, drained
2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
150g button mushrooms, sliced
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
900g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 egg yolk
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
20g reduced-fat Cheddar, grated
To accompany (optional):
80g steamed vegetables
Veg Portions / Serving: 2
Recipes are from Pinch of Nom Quick & Easy by Kate Allinson and Kay Featherstone which is available to buy now
Chunks of tender lamb in a rich tomato and rosemary sauce, topped with mashed sweet potato and a sprinkling of cheese. A hearty, warming dish that uses a lean cut of lamb and reduced-fat Cheddar to help keep the calories low. A really satisfying dish that will keep you feeling full for longer, ideal as an alternative to a traditional Sunday roast!
Preheat the oven to 200°C (fan l80°C/gas mark 6).
Spray a medium saucepan with low-calorie cooking spray, place on a medium heat and fry the onion for 5 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and fry for 1-2 minutes. Add the lamb and fry for 1-2 minutes on all sides to seal. Add the stock, tomato puree, drained chopped tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms and rosemary. Cover and simmer on a low heat for 45 minutes-1 hour, or until the lamb is tender. Season to taste.
While the lamb is cooking, cook the sweet potatoes in boiling water for 20 minutes or until tender. Drain the sweet potatoes and mash with the egg yolk until smooth. Season to taste.
When the lamb is tender, place in the bottom of an 18cm x 27cm (roughly 7in x 10½in) ovenproof dish. Spread the mashed sweet potato over the lamb mixture and sprinkle with cheese. Place on a baking tray.
Place in the hot oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned.
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Kids in the kitchen
Older kids may be able to help you add ingredients to the pan and stir it – just make sure to teach them kitchen safety around the hob! Put younger ones in charge of the mash: help them peel the sweet potatoes if they are able, and add them to the pan, then have them mash them when they are cooked. They can then spoon the mash over the filling and sprinkle on the cheese.
While getting kids to interact with veggies for real and using their senses to explore them is best, encouraging hands off activities like arts & crafts, puzzles & games or at-home science experiments can be a great start, particularly for those who are fussier eaters or struggle with anything too sensory. Use these veg-themed activities as a stepping stone to interacting with the veg themselves. We have loads of crafty downloads here, puzzles here, and quirky science with veg here.
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The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it! Giving children a sense of ownership in the meal can make a big difference to their feelings going into it and the pride they take in it. You know your child best, but if you aren’t sure where to start, we have some fun and simple ideas for easy roles you can give them in the serving process over here.
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