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Individual pastry-less pies Serves 8


500g lean mince, lamb, beef or chicken

1 large onion, diced

1 can baked beans

5 Tbsp tomato paste, salt-reduced

2 cups frozen mixed vegetable e.g. peas, carrots and sweet corn

800g potatoes, peeled and cut into even sizes

¼ cup reduced-fat milk

1 cup Edam cheese, grated

4 Tbsp parsley, chopped (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 190°C
  2. Brown the mince in batches in a hot frying pan. Set aside
  3. Add a little oil to frying pan, gently cook onion until tender but not brown, increase heat and stir in browned mince
  4. Add baked beans, tomato paste and half a cup of water, stir to combine
  5. Stir in frozen vegetables, heat gently until vegetables are thawed
  6. Cook potatoes in boiling water until tender, drain well and mash with milk, cheese (hold back 2 tablespoons) and chopped parsley
  7. Spoon meat and vegetable mixture into individual ramekins or large baking dish. Top with mashed potatoes and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes until hot and golden


This meal can be found in the Cheap Eats 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: