Cottage Pie
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Cottage Pie

Cottage Pie is the lighter version of Shepherds Pie. Comfort food without the added pastry. This dish can serve four on its own or will serve six with a side dish such as salad and garlic bread.

Continue reading for money saving tips and gluten and dairy free options. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.

*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.

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Gluten and Dairy Free Options

For gluten free; replace the flour with cornstarch and use gluten free beef stock. Replace the worcestershire sauce with either gluten free worcestershire sauce or gluten free soy sauce.

For dairy free; check the beef stock for dairy and replace the butter with a dairy free spread. Replace the milk with lactose free milk or omit the milk and add an extra tablespoon of dairy free spread to the mash potatoes.

Saving Money

Store leftover Cottage Pie in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat serving portions covered on a plate in the microwave on high for 3 minutes. Leave a hole in the centre of the plate so the food heats evenly. This reduces the amount of time needed and prevents the cold spot in the middle.

Buy mince meat in bulk packs then freeze in 1 pound portions. They will keep for up to 6 months in the freezer. Thaw by leaving in the fridge overnight or on defrost mode in your microwave.

If you can afford it, it is cheaper to do one large shop once a month or every fortnight than every week. Every time we go to the shop we are bombarded with ads enticing us to buy more. By reducing the times we go to the shops we will be inclined to buy less.

This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.

To print or save this recipe for Cottage Pie, click the button below for the PDF File.

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For the chicken version of this recipe, try this Chicken and White Bean Cottage Pie.

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