Mini Cottage Pie
Iron is very important for you baby’s physical and mental development. A baby is born with a store of iron that lasts for about the first 6 months after this they need to get iron from their diet. Iron deficiency is the commonest nutritional deficiency in young children and can cause your child to feel tired, run down and more prone to infection. Red meat provides the best source of iron in a baby food recipe as its much easier to absorb iron from animal sources.
A dollop of Shepherd’s Pie on a plate can look very unattractive. It’s a good idea to make individual portions in mini ramekin dishes and you can make up a few and then keep them in the freezer. I know with my own son that he would often refuse something without ever having tried it so presentation is important.
450g potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
Put the potatoes into a saucepan, cover with water, bring to the boil and cook for about 12 minutes or until tender. Drain and mash together with the butter, milk and grated cheese.
Heat the oil in a saucepan and sauté the onion over a low heat for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally until softened. Add the garlic and cook for half a minute. Add the grated carrot and sauté for 4 minutes. In a separate pan, dry fry the minced beef until browned, stirring occasionally. Add to the onion and carrot. Pour over the passata and stock and add the thyme and pinch of sugar. Cover and cook over a low heat for about 10 minutes.
Divide the meat between 3 ramekin dishes and top each with mashed potato and brown under the grill.