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My almost-two-year-old daughter doesn’t seem to like meat. I’m not sure if it’s the taste or the texture – either way, I am determined to get good sources of iron and protein into her. Lentils are a great source of iron. They actually contain more iron than red meat (gram for gram) – although the type of iron in red meat is better absorbed (higher ‘bioavailability’). Luckily for me, my husband and I, plus our other two children also love beans and lentils. Today’s vegetarian shepherds pie blog was an experimental recipe – and definitely one I will make again. It was very popular with the kids and their 14 month old cousin who stayed for tea!
600ml (1 pint) boiling water
Black pepper to season
In a large saucepan, place the onion, courgette and pepper, and sauté with a little olive oil for 5 minutes
Meanwhile, in a second large saucepan, boil the potatoes until cooked (approx. 20 minutes)
Once lentil mixture cooked, place into a large overproof dish, and spoon the potato on top. Mark swirly marks with the back of a fork, and sprinkle with grated cheese
This meal will serve 5 hungry adults
Cost per serving
I bought all the ingredients this meal for £3.20 – that’s only 64p per adult serving. Lentils are so much cheaper than meat, and nutritious too!