Kiddie Shepherd’s Pie

Watching an episode of “Jamie at Home” on Discovery Travel and Living today got me into the mood to go chop and mix and toss and bang something into the oven for the kids’ dinner. 😛

This is my recipe for kiddie shepherd’s pie. I know the ingredient listing looks a bit unscientific, but I hope that’s an inspiration for you to believe that this is so fool-proof there’s very little possibility of getting a bad result. Because it truly is!

Ingredients (makes 2 kid sized servings):
3 to 4 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 stalks of French beans, chopped
1 carrot, cut into small cubes
[or pick two of your child’s favourite veggies in the usual serving portion for their meal]
Chicken breast [or any other type of meat; your child’s usual portion]
30 ml milk – use whichever type your child normally consumes
very tiny dob of butter

1. In a pot, boil the potatoes, carrots and French beans till they are soft. You may have to remove the carrots and French beans first as you need to get the potatoes to a soft enough consistency to mash.
2. Cut 150g of the chicken breast into cubes, and mince the other 100g. [Note: I did this because DS’s meals are still mashed up but depending on the age(s) of your child(ren), you can just cut the meat into small cubes.]
3. Very lightly and with minimal oil, stir fry the cubed chicken meat. Steam the minced chicken. [Again, you can skip the steaming if your child is older.]
4. Remove the carrots and French beans and set aside. I mashed half of the carrots and French beans, and left the other portion in its cubed and chopped form.
3. Remove the potatoes from the pot. Mash together with the milk and the tiny dob of butter.
4. Lightly grease two oven-safe baking dishes. Fill the bottoms with a layer of mashed potato.
5. Toss into an oven toaster for 6 minutes or until you see the potato turn slightly golden at the sides.
6. Remove from the oven toaster and fill with the carrots, French beans and chicken.

Kiddie Shepherd's Pie-before

Top off with another layer of mashed potato. You can top it off with some cheese if you like but mind that it doesn’t burn! I cookie-cuttered out a star shaped piece of cheese for DD’s dish so that I could differentiate the two after they’re baked.  In case you’re wondering why I didn’t do the same for DS, I’m not ready to introduce cheese into his diet just yet. 😉

Kiddie Shepherd's Pie-after

7. Toss the dishes back into the oven toaster for 12 minutes. *Ting*, you’re done!

Kiddie Shepherd's Pie

Essentially, this is all the usual ingredients that go into a typical Asian porridge meal, except for replacing the rice or noodles with potato. I find it an easy and yummy variation to the kids’ usual mealtime fare.

It also takes about the same amount of time to prepare – 55 minutes, but is consumed within 15-20 minutes! All done, out of the high chair and back to the important stuff – play!  Brilliant! 😀

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