Super healthy cottage pie

Super healthy cottage pie


Serves 4


  • oil spray
  • 600g sweet potato, peeled
  • 500g lean turkey mince
  • 1 large onion , finely sliced
  • 2 celery sticks , finely sliced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 1 cup (250ml) stock
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) skim milk, warmed
  • 2 tsp light margarine
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped


Spray four 1 1/2 cup capacity ramekins or one 6 cup capacity oven dish with oil and set aside. Heat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced) and line a baking tray with baking paper.

Dice sweet potato into 2cm cubes and spray lightly with oil. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until soft.

While potato is baking, heat a large non-stick frying pan on medium-high, spray lightly with oil and add turkey mince, onion, celery and garlic with a pinch of salt. Cook until turkey is cooked and vegetables are softened (about 8 minutes).

Add peas, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, sage and stock. Stir through well and divide mixture among ramekins or place into oven dish.

Remove sweet potato from the oven and place into a bowl. Mash roughly, adding milk, margarine and spring onion to combine. Season with a little salt and pepper and place on top of the mince mixture. Spray lightly with oil and bake in the oven for 15 minutes until golden.

Serve with a big salad or vegetables of your choice.

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Serving Suggestions


  • Not all turkey mince is made equal. Make sure you grab a lean one if you want to keep it extra light. You can also use chicken or pork mince for this recipe – just make sure it’s lean mince.
  • I’ve used sweet potato for the topping because it’s low GI and will fill you up, but if you or those in your family don’t like sweet potato, change it out for potato or use a combination of both. You could also top the mash with a little cheese if you wanted.
  • This recipe was created by Jay Rogers for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder. You can follow Jay at The Moodie Foodie and on FacebookTwitter or Pinterest.

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