I wanted to make Stuart something a little different the other day and came up with this cowboy cheesy potato bake. He loves the Cowboy pie I make so I wanted to alter that a little for him.
Well, this Cowboy Cheesy Potato Bake was a big hit and I am pretty sure he will be asking for it again. I shared the picture on my Instagram and was asked a few times for the recipe so here it is!
Making this meal vegetarian easily
An easy way to make a meal vegetarian is to swap the meat for a vegetarian alternative such as Quorn. Other possible swaps are jackfruit, lentils, chickpeas, mixed beans or just extra vegetables.
I have been a vegetarian since I was 10 years old and enjoy a huge variety of food so whatever you do, don’t let being vegetarian mean you need to eat a boring diet.
Any vegetarian mince would be great in this recipe so use whichever you prefer.
Making this recipe with Quorn mince
It is really easy to adapt this recipe to use Quorn, as a vegetarian myself I do it often. It is always worth remembering that Quorn takes less time to cook when substituting it for mince.
Check out my selection of Quorn recipes, all perfect for all the family whether vegetarian or not, some are vegan too.
The importance of adding vegetables to your meals
Vegetables are low in calories compared to their density. This essentially means that they fill you up with very few calories.
The more vegetables you have in a meal either as a side dish or mixed in with the meal itself the lower-calorie the meal tends to be. A filling but low-calorie meal is perfect for weight loss.
All my recipes include vegetables where possible but do feel free to add more as an accompaniment when you can. Always choose vegetables that you enjoy because otherwise you will begrudge eating them and are more likely to stop cooking them at all before long.
Trying vegetables cooked differently or adding more herbs and spices can make them a little more exciting too.
If you take lunch to work with you then you are so much less likely to buy food that will inevitably be less healthy. Taking a variety of food throughout the week to work keeps your lunchtimes interesting and stops you from getting bored.
Even if, like me, you work alone at home it can make such a difference having your food already prepared for you. Why not give it a go and make sure you build a variety of lunches into your weekly meal plan.
It is easy when you are trying to lose weight to fall into the trap of comfort eating when you are feeling down. Finding low syn or syn free snack alternatives can help you avoid weight gain. You do not need to just snack on fruit and vegetables to be healthy – there are so many other alternatives.
If you find that you are regularly feeling down and snacking then maybe you need to address this as possible depression and consider seeing your GP. We all have struggled every now and then so it really isn’t something to be ashamed of.
Another option could be to find something else to do instead of eating when you are feeling down. Give it some thought and see if you can come up with any strategies to help yourself.
More recipes you may enjoy
For more recipes that use mince check out my mince recipe guide.
This is a great budget meal to make on a healthy diet, you can find lots more here.
Alternatively, here are some other recipes I think you will enjoy.
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This recipe for cowboy cheesy potato bake is Slimming World friendly, full of yumminess and so easy to make. It feels so naughty but actually isn’t!
300 Grams 5% Fat Mince Beef or 300g Quorn mince
4 Peppers – red, orange or yellow (deseeded and cut into bite size chunks)
2 Large Red Onions (diced)
400 Grams Baked Beans
2 Tbsp Tomato Puree
4 Large Baking Potatoes Sliced into 5mm Thick Slices
180 Grams 50% Less Fat Cheddar (grated)
2 Tbsp Mixed Herbs (dried)
400 Grams Can of Chopped Tomatoes
Preheat Oven to 200°c/ 400°F/ Gas 6
Spray a large baking tray with low calorie cooking spray and then spread the potato slices on it, layering slightly.
Add the chopped tomatoes, baked beans, Worcestershire sauce/Hendersons relish and tomato puree and stir well. Cook for a further 5-10 minutes until everything seems well cooked through. Time taken will depend on the sizes you cut the onions and peppers.
Pour the mince mixture evenly into a large ovenproof dish and set aside.
Remove the potato slices from the oven. They should be easy to pierce with a knife but not completely cooked.
Layer the potato slices on top of the mince mixture, top with grated cheese and return to the oven for a further 20 minutes.
Serve with vegetables or salad.
Keywords: family meal
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