When we are busy with work, life, family and friends, it's easy to crawl back into bad eating habits and eat uninspiring and unhealthy food. Still, some days, we need something a bit more satisfying than a salad or a bowl of quinoa, to stay sane. If today is that day for you, then you are in the right place! We will show you how to make a crumbly and flavourful minced lamb pie. It's an easy dish to prepare, but it packs all the nutrients and energy you need in a full meal.
A crispy puff pastry wraps up a mouth-watering filling made with vegetables and lamb mince sautéed in fragrant Mediterranean herbs and spices. It all sounds very appealing, doesn't it! Almost risky. That's why we have made this pie into single-serving portions: no risk to over-eat, and also convenient enough to pack in a lunch-box.
We still did our best to make this dish healthy, of course! We have included plenty of vegetables and used light pastry dough and low-fat mince. This way, we kept unhealthy fats to a strict minimum and avoided unnecessary calories.
With lots of tomatoes, carrots, and courgettes, a single portion provides almost two of your 5-a-day of vegetables and lots of fibres. Our lamb pies are also rich in proteins, with one giving half of your recommended daily intake of proteins.
If desired, you could use a leaner cut of lamb to reduce the fats further, like rump or shoulder. Any juicy lamb cut will do actually, so feel free to use any lamb leftovers you may have from roast or stew!
Finally, you may be on a no-meat diet, or have no lamb in the fridge. Worry not! The vegetables here are so tasty you will still get a delicious meal by using them alone. Just remove the lamb from the ingredients and increase the veggies accordingly. Another great option is to swap lamb mince with green lentils, for a source of plant-based proteins.