I’m completely in love with this recipe. It reminds me of my childhood because this is my dad’s kind of meal to a T. Cheese pie with beans (my dad eats them cold!!!) and a little salad (a chunk of lettuce!!).
However, in true SR Nutrition style, I‘ve vamped this up. I’ve made the most of the nutrients that this meal can offer to make sure that our little babies and toddlers, with tiny tums and big energy and nutrient demands, can get what they need (you can read more here about how I add extra nutrients to my kids’ meals!).
It’s also super simple, easy and versatile.
Serves one adult and 1-2 baby/children
- 1 very large baking potato, peeled and chopped into even chunks
- 1 spring onion, diced
- 4 cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 1 small handful of frozen peas and/or sweetcorn
- Black pepper, a grind
- Dried or fresh herbs of choice – I used a pinch of parsley and a pinch of garlic granules
- 50g cheese, grated (can swap for a spoonful of nutritional yeast)
Tip: Don’t have any of these veggies? Use whatever you have leftover. The second time I made this pie I made it with well chopped mushrooms and some steamed (in the potato water) well chopped green beans and it worked just as well!
- Boil potatoes in a large pan for 12-15 minutes, until soft enough to stab with a knife (you can add other veggies e.g. carrots, green beans to the pan with these too, if using)
- Drain potatoes well and then add most of the cheese, the ground black pepper and herbs and mash well with a potato masher.
- Add the rest of the ingredients (leave the cheese leftovers to top the pie) and stir into the mash.
- Add the whole mixture into little ramekins or an oven proof dish and then sprinkle the leftover cheese on top.
- Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes or until the top is beginning to brown.
- Leave to cool before serving. Serve with iron or protein-rich foods e.g. beans, eggs, fish or just offer more iron-rich foods that day.
- Blend veggies first for younger babies or chop them really finely.
- Add broccoli really well chopped to the mash to make it go green.
- Make sure the potatoes are mashed really well, so no dry lumps.
- Add a splash of milk if the potatoes are a little dry before putting in the oven
- You can add an egg to the mixture before adding to the oven for more iron/protein, but make sure it’s not too wet – you may need more potato if you do this.
I love this recipe. It’s so easy and honestly Ada gobbles this up like she’s starving every time.
Such an easy win and a great way to get some veggies in too.
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