Thursday, 1 November 2012

Baby Shepardess Pie

6 + Months

To celebrate my daughter turning 6 months and her food options opening up I wanted to make her something special. I already knew she liked mash potatoes, so settled on making this.

I made a big batch and froze the rest in portions. They'll need to be used within a month.

If you normally read my blog, you'll know that I love my Babycook. I'd recently brought the rice cooker and seasoning ball in preparation. I gave them their first go making this recipe.


For the mash -

1 baking Potato (I like Vivaldi)

1 chopped Leek

Around 100ml Alpro 1+ Soya Milk

1 TSP vegan margarine

1 TSP Nutritional Yeast Flakes

Sprinkle of fresh parsley

1/2 TSP Thyme (I placed this inside the seasoning ball so the herbs wouldn't be left in final meal)

For the lentil base -

50g Red Split Lentils

1 peeled and chopped parsnip

1 peeled and chopped swede

2 peeled and chopped carrots

1 vegetable baby stock cube (at time of writing I believe these to be suitable)

First off I cooked the lentils. In the Babycook I did this by using 50g lentils to 100ml water inside the rice cooker, and water level 3 to cook (this steams the lentils for around 15-18 minutes). Once cooked I set aside.

I then placed all the chopped vegetables for the base inside the steamer basket and cooked using water level 3 (again this steams the vegetables for around 15 minutes). Once cooked I used the excess cooking liquid to make up stock with a stock cube and added to the blender the stock, lentils and cooked veggies. Set aside.

To make the mashed potato I placed the potato, leak and seasoning ball containing Thyme and cooked on water level 3 (this steams for 15 minutes).

Once cooked, dispose of the excess cooking water and tip veggies into blender bowl. Add Alpro, marg, parsley and yeast flakes and blend. Add as much/ little soya milk as you need to get the correct consistency.

Assemble in freezer storage pots with a layer of the lentil base on the bottom and mash on top. Cool quickly and freeze. I managed to get 8 portions by using this recipe.

I've seen some bad reviews for the rice cooker and seasoning ball online, however I was really pleased with them. I think the rice cooker will work especially well as it allows me to cook things unattended!

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