Foodie Friday: Sweet Potato Cottage Pie


As I mentioned earlier in the week, I’ve made the trek back to Weight Watchers to kickstart weight loss all over again. I’m not going to say it has been easy – I can hear the chocolate singing to me – but there are definitely workarounds to most of the foods I really enjoy on the Simple Start plan, which is what I’m on at the moment. I also have to keep in mind that what I eat should be suitable for E (and himself as well) the vast majority of the time, as E has lately re-discovered food and especially food off Mammy’s plate. He’s definitely making up for lost time! One of my recent recipe discoveries has been a slight twist on a recipe from the “Cooking the Weight Watchers Way”, which I bought from my group leader first time around – a Sweet Potato Cottage Pie. 

When I’m looking for recipes I look for tasty, healthy and food all the family can and will eat. Quick to make and not too many ingredients definitely rank recipes higher in my estimation too, so this one definitely ticks all of the boxes.

To make this recipe you will need…

Two medium sized sweet potatoes, chopped up small.

Two carrots, chopped up small.

Half a cauliflower (the original recipe calls for a full one but I decided not to push my luck with the boys), broken into florets.

400g of lean minced beef (less than 5% fat).

1 small onion, chopped finely.

Peas and Sweetcorn – I used about two handfuls of each – these were not in original recipe.

4 teaspoons beef gravy granules.


1. Cook sweet potatoes, carrots and cauliflower in boiling water until soft – this takes about 20 minutes.

2. While they’re softening, Brown minced beef in deep pan/saucepan.

3. Add onion, peas and sweetcorn to the beef.

4. Mix gravy granules in 400ml water, pour into beef and veg mixture. Allow to simmer for twenty minutes.

Starting out..
Starting out..



5. Blend carrot, sweet potato and cauliflower to make a smooth mash.

6. Transfer minced beef mixture into casserole dish, top with mash.

Just ready to pop into the oven!
Just ready to pop into the oven!

7. Place in oven at 180 degrees for ten minutes.

8. Serve to hungry family and ENJOY. 


My recipe does add a few more steps to the dish, however this served two adults and one hungry toddler, and still left more for another toddler and adult portion the following day! Best of all, on the Filling and Healthy Weight Watchers plan, this doesn’t use up any weekly points.

I think he might like it!



I hope you like this recipe – I found it great for sneaking a lot more veg into the boys diets unbeknownst to them – yay for blended up cauliflower – let me know what you think, or if you have any more suggestions for me in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!




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