I try to make sure that as a family we have a healthy balanced diet, having plenty of fruit and vegetables, a mix of both red and white meat, dairy, fish and starchy foods. We usually try to have red meat twice a week. It provides us with a range of important nutrients, such as iron, zinc, selenium and potassium. These vitamins are often low in toddlers and children, so including red meat in their diet helps maintain a healthy level of these nutrients in their bodies. Dr Emma Derbyshire, a public health nutritionist says “Including a small portion of red meat in the diet a few times a week after weaning can help to bridge nutrient gaps and so help to maintain good health through childhood and beyond.”
Now Autumn is firmly on its way, I love to begin to bring in those warming winter meals. I often end up changing our summertime light meals to something a bit heavier, warmer and filling. Shepherd’s pie is a firm favourite in our house, served with a few vegetables, it’s the perfect meal for the whole family. Oliver loves it and always seeks out the meat first! So I thought I would share with you my recipe for Shepherd’s Pie. I would love to hear if you try it and how you find it!