This month celebrates National Vegetarian Week. From 19th May until 25th May 2014 there will be many events taking place all over the country. They are also setting a challenge for people to go vegetarian for the week!
This meal will get the more reluctant vegetable eaters wanting more and is a great way to start trying more vegetarian meals. It contains vegetables that we all know and combined with a tasty cheese sauce this really will be a winner in any household!
This is how I made it...
Vegetarian Cottage Pie
225g carrots, halved and sliced
225g swede, chopped
1 medium red onion
150g mushrooms, sliced
100g leeks, sliced
1kg potatoes, peeled, washed and chopped
20g plain flour1tsp wholegrain mustard
100g mature cheddar cheese
Fresh chives and parsley
1 - Steam the carrots and swede for 10 minutes
2 - Add the cauliflower and broccoli and continue to steam for a further 20 minutes
3 - Place the chopped potatoes into a pan of boiling water and simmer for about 20 minutes or until soft
4 - Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan
5 - Gently fry the onion, mushrooms and leeks until softened
6 - To make the cheese sauce melt the butter in a pan over a low heat
7 - Stir in the flour and heat for 1 minute
8 - Gradually add the milk, stirring continuously
9 - Bring to the boil, simmer and stir in three quarters of the grated cheese, wholegrain mustard and stir
10 - Once the vegetables have been steamed and are tender remove from the steamer and place in a deep heat proof dish
11 - Add the fried vegetable to the dish
12 - Pour over the cheese sauce
13 - Mash the potatoes, stir in butter and milk to taste and spoon onto the vegetables and cheese sauce
14 - Sprinkle over the remaining cheese and place under a hot grill
15 - Once the cheese has melted and browned a little remove from under the grill and serve
This meal is a delicious alternative to a meat cottage pie!
Disclosure: This recipe is my entry to the Betta Living Vegetarian Competition follow the link for more information and to see some other delicious vegetarian recipes!
I am sharing this recipe with Honest Mums Tasty Tuesdays