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White Bean Cottage Pie

White Bean Cottage Pie
White Bean Cottage Pie
Seriously Delicious
Seriously Delicious
Garretstown Beach, Co.Cork
Garretstown Beach, Co.Cork

As part of my series of healthy recipes, I decided to make Cottage Pie (who doesn’t love Cottage Pie?), and give it a healthier twist. It’s such a comforting dish, it’s perfect on a cold evening to come home to. I added some extra veggies to mine, and I also substituted the mashed potato for mashed white beans. My dad makes a white bean mash to go with Sunday Roasts and it’s always my favourite thing on the table, so I decided to give it a lash on this Cottage Pie. Beans are so healthy and packed with protein, they’re a great food to add to your diet. Of course you can just substitute the white beans for cooked potatoes and cook the mash in the exact same way, its up to you, although the bean way is much quicker! Either way this recipe is really packed with flavour.

Chopping the vegetables really finely makes a big difference, if you have a mandolin this will be pretty quick and easy to do (watch your fingers!) Also it’s worth mentioning that the Knorr jelly stock cubes are the best. The beef ones add a really meaty, rich flavour that you don’t seem to get from the normal cubes.

This is a great comfort food and nice to come home to after a long day out. Last time I was home I went walking with my parent’s in Garretstown on the nicest grey day. A hot dish like this would be perfect to come home to after a long walk!

Nice Cloudy Day at Garretstown Beach, Cork
Nice Cloudy Day at Garretstown Beach, Cork
Garretstown Beach
Garretstown Beach
Sunday Walking at Garretstown Beach
Sunday Walking at Garretstown Beach

Ingredients:

Mash:

2 400g cans cannellini beans

1/2 cup milk- or more to reach right consistency (I used coconut milk)

1 tsp fennel seeds crushed

1/4 lemon juice (or more to taste)

Salt & pepper to season

Meat Base:

250g beef mince

2 onion very finely chopped

2 garlic cloves crushed

2 sticks celery very finely chopped

1 carrot very finely chopped

1 pepper very finely chopped

350 ml beef stock

2 tbsp tomato puree

2 tbsp tomato relish (mine was homemade but Ballymaloe is the best in the shops)

salt and pepper

chilli flakes

1. Heat a little olive oil in a large pan on a medium low heat. Add onion and garlic to pan and stir while they soften . Add mince meat after 5 mins.

2. When mince is browned add the rest of the vegetables and reduce heat a little and stir for 5 mins.

3. Add stock, tomato puree, tomato relish, pinch chilli flakes and stir together, let the sauce reduce for about 5 to 10 minutes. Season to taste.

4. Add beans (or cooked potatoes) to a pot with milk and let heat. Mash with lemon juice , fennel and salt and pepper.  Keeping adding milk until you get a nice soft consistency. Season to taste.

5. Put meat in the bottom of a casserole dish, layer the mash on top and pop into a hot oven. If you’re using bean mash, you only need to do this for a few minutes. If you’re using mashed potatoes leave in the oven for 20-30 minutes.

Lightly Fry Onion and Garlic
Lightly Fry Onion and Garlic
Add Mince and Brown It
Add Mince and Brown It
Very Finely Slice Veggies
Very Finely Slice Veggies
Add Remaining Vegetables
Add Remaining Vegetables
Add Stock, Puree, Relish and Reduce
Add Stock, Puree, Relish and Reduce
Heat Beans with Milk, Fennel and Lemon
Heat Beans with Milk, Fennel and Lemon
Mash The Beans
Mash The Beans
Ready to Serve
Ready to Serve
Healthy Cottage Pie
Healthy Cottage Pie
Seriously Delicious
Seriously Delicious

Healthy Salmon Pasta

Delicious Healthy Salmon Spelt Pasta
Delicious Healthy Salmon Spelt Pasta
Delicious Zesty Salmon Pasta
Delicious Zesty Salmon Pasta
Zesty and Bursting With Flavour
Zesty and Bursting With Flavour

As part of my health kick I have started running again and going to the gym more, but exercise really does give me the munchies, especially when attempting runs like the Old Railway Line in Blackrock, Cork again. A couple of fellow food bloggers have started a twitter running group for motivation called #JanRUNary if anyone else would like to join, please do, the more the merrier! Last week I made salmon pasta to fill my carb craving, but I tried to make it as healthy and nutritious as possible. So if you are on an exercise kick this month, this is the dish for you!

I bought Spelt pasta (I’m loving spelt this month) and it tastes really nice, it’s darker in colour that white pasta, but there isn’t much taste difference and it’s much better for you. I also decided to make use of some salmon that was lingering in my freezer and other veggies in my fridge. I added some toasted pine nuts too for some crunch, and lemon juice, zest and olive oil for the sauce.

Its really quick and easy, fills my pasta cravings and it good for you too! Give it a go (just double up on ingredients per extra person) and let me know what you think!

Starting Off Near Blackrock Castle
Starting Off Near Blackrock Castle
Finishing Off On The Old Railway Line
Finishing Off On The Old Railway Line

Ingredients (serves one):

1 salmon fillet

40-50g (when uncooked) spelt pasta

4 spring onions chopped

1 clove of garlic crushed

small handful peas (I used frozen garden peas)

large handful plum cherry tomatoes sliced lengthways

1 tbsp pine nuts (toast for 2 minute in a dry pan first)

1 lemon zest

1/2 lemon juice

2 tbsp olive oil

1. Season salmon with salt and pepper, and bake in a pre-heated oven at 200C for 15-20mins.

2. While the salmon is baking, chop up the garlic, spring onion and tomatoes and toast the pine nuts (make sure to keep stirring to prevent burning).

3. Add pasta to a pot of salted boiling water, add the peas in 5 minutes before its done.

4. Fry up the garlic, onion and tomato in a little olive oil. Drain cooked pasta and peas and add them to the pan.

5. Take salmon out of oven and flake into the pasta. Squeeze in 1/2 lemon juice and stir in lemon zest and 1 tbsp olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

6. Stir together and serve in warmed bowls.

Flake Baked Pasta
Flake Baked Salmon
Toss Everything Together In The Frying Pan
Toss Everything Together In The Frying Pan

 

Delicious and Healthy Salmon Pasta
Delicious and Healthy Salmon Pasta