Thursday, December 14

Low Fat & Low Calorie Recipes – Cottage Pie And Red Bell Pepper Soup

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The first recipe is one of my favourite comfort foods, and my wife and I have this one quite regularly. The second recipe is a soup which was given to us by a friend and we enjoy it so much we thought it might be a good idea to share it online. There is no added fat in either of the recipes and ideal if you are on a low fat or low calorie diet. 

Cottage pie

Ingredients

8oz lean ground beef

1 large carrot

1 large onion

2 chicken stock cubes

1 heaped teaspoon mixed herbs

1 tablespoon soy sauce

¾ pint water

Method – serves 2

Make up the stock using cubes and hot water and put to one side. Heat medium size non stick pan to moderate heat, put the ground beef into pan and cook for a few minutes or until brown, remove beef from pan and keep to one side. Chop the onion and carrot into small pieces and cook in pan for approximately ten minutes add very small amounts of water if needed (not fat or oil). Return beef to pan along with all other ingredients and then simmer for about twenty minutes or until carrots are cooked. You don’t want the dish to too wet, so reduce it down if needed to a dryer dish. Season to taste. 

12oz Potatoes for topping

Cut potatoes into pieces and boil in usual way. Mash and add a small amount of skimmed or semi skimmed milk, be careful not to make it sloppy. 

Put the beef mixture into a medium size oven dish, and then spread mashed potato over the beef mixture using a fork. Place in oven for twenty five minutes on 190c or until starting to brown. This low fat and low calorie dish is great with either green cabbage or baked beans.

Red Bell Pepper Soup

Ingredients

2 red bell peppers

1 medium onion

1 clove garlic

1 pint vegetable stock

1 teaspoon mixed herbs

1 tablespoon ketchup

1 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)

Method — serves 2

Chop peppers, onion and garlic into small pieces, put into medium size pan along with the rest of ingredients, bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 40 minutes. Leave to cool, then blend and reheat before serving. If you prefer your soup a bit thinner just add a little water.

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