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Family Favourite Shepherd’s Pie


1 tsp oil

1 medium carrot, diced

1 stick celery, diced

1 small onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, crushed

250g lean beef mince

2 cans crushed tomatoes

1 tsp vinegar

1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

6 medium potatoes, peeled and diced

1/3 cup trim milk

1/3 cup Edam cheese, grated

Pinch paprika


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C
  2. In a large pot gently sauté the onion, carrot and celery with oil until soft and lightly browned. Add garlic and mince and stir continuously to break up the mince
  3. Add tomatoes, vinegar, and kidney beans and simmer
  4. Cover the potatoes in water in a separate large pot. Bring to the boil then turn heat down to a gentle simmer. Cook until a knife inserts easily. Drain and mash with trim milk
  5. Put the mince mixture in the bottom of a casserole dish. Spread mashed potato over the top and sprinkle with cheese, then paprika
  6. Bake for 45 minutes or until piping hot in the middle. Serve with vegetables

This meal can be found in the Full o’ Beans cook book put out by The Heart Foundation in conjunction with the New Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting Services. You can download a copy here: