This post is an entry for the BritMums #HealthyRedMeat, sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel.


I’ve teamed up with Britmums and Tesco to write a post promoting the benefits of red meat in our diets particularly for children as red meat contains iron, zinc, and B vitamins, selenium and potassium – nutrients that are often low in a child’s diet.

I have a 3 year old and an 8 month old and over the years my eldest, Ollie has been on and off various foods, fussy one week, loves it the next, hates it the next so I know that providing a well balanced diet for a young child can be tricky at times.

Ollie does like cottage pie so this is one of our regular dinners.  I like to try and eat a low carb diet and sneak veg into Ollie’s meals so for this #HealthyRedMeat campaign I thought I’d share my MommaBoss secret veg cottage pie – a twist on the old classic!

So here’s my recipe and some pictures in my cool 80’s themed kitchen…

Shopping List

  • Beef mince – 500g
  • Courgette x 1
  • Carrots x 5
  • Caulifower x 1
  • Good cheese – I like vintage cheddar.

Total cost – £8.99 in Tesco. Fed a family of four (small kids though!) and some leftover for another meal for one!

So it’s a pretty basic cottage pie recipe – brown the mince and add stock.  I add gravy and a secret ingredient (barbecue sauce). Then I add grated carrot and courgette and let it simmer so that it softens and blends in.

Then for the topping instead of mash I put cheesy cauliflower on top.

The cheese sauce is cupboard ingredients, melt 1oz butter in a saucepan, add 1oz plain flour, a little salt and pepper, add milk approx ¾ pint keep stirring and then add approx 3oz of good cheese.

Boil the cauliflower so that it goes really soft and then drain it, squeeze as much water out as possible by mashing it and then add it to the cheese sauce.

Cupboard ingredients.


When the secret grated veg is softened and hidden nicely and the cheesy mash mix is blended nicely dish them out and oven bake until the top is browned – I add extra cheese on top too because you can never have too much cheese!

Red meat has been in the spotlight recently, and experts fear that the nutritional benefits have been overshadowed by misleading negative views. To cut through the confusion, the Meat Advisory Panel, an independent group of health and nutrition experts, is partnering with BritMums to promote red meat in the diets of children.

Ted is currently weaning and he had some mashed up and he was very happy with it! It was his first little taste of meat and he approves!

Ollie liked his secret cheesy veg but he likes to finish his dinner sitting on the sofa so I didn’t get a picture of him!

I remember a few years ago there was a lot of negative press regarding red meat, my dad made me laugh because he said, “Years of evolution wiped out because of a few tests done!” I remember the quote because I updated my Facebook status over it.  Haha!

It was when we were being told it’s bad for us and causes health problems but the advice is to include small portions of red meat in children’s diets to bridge nutrient gaps and so help to maintain good health through childhood and beyond. (Advice from Dr Emma Derbyshire, a public health nutritionist and mother.)