WW Recipe: Cottage Pie

Monday, 7 January 2013
I took the plunge and joined Weight Watchers at the start of the new year (I know, I know - what a cliche) and have found loads of great healthy but still yummy sounding recipes on their website which I'm dying to try out.  I'll share some of my attempts to follow these recipes (and my attempts at sticking to the Weight Watchers plan in general) on the blog over the next few months.

The first one I went for was Cottage Pie - a nice classic winter comfort food type dish, but still only 11 ProPoints per serving (I think that's around 440 calories?).  I've diverted slightly from the recipe at some points (e.g. switched some of the veg around and also halved the quantities of ingredients as the recipes was for 4 and there's only 2 of us!).

I stupidly forgot to take a picture when it was cooked so all I have to show you is a not so exciting "in progress" shot, but I assure you it looked and tasted great! :)


250g potatoes
250g sweet potatoes
200g lean mince beef
1 small onion
3 medium carrots
1 medium courgette
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
4 tsps gravy granules


1) Peel and chop the potatoes and sweet potatoes and put on to boil.  I added a vegetable stock cube to the water to add some flavour.

2) Chop the onion, carrots, and courgette (and any other veg you fancy adding in).

3) Spray a little low-cal cooking spray in a pot and gently fry the mince on a high heat until browned.

4) Stir in the veg.  Add around half a pint of water and bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 mins.

5) Once the potatoes are tender, drain and mash - seasoning with some salt and pepper.

6) Sprinkle in the gravy granules to the meat/veg mixture and stir until thickened.  

7) Tip into a baking dish and then top with the mashed potato (I also sprinkled a little parmesan on the top too)


  1. Cottage pie is one of my favourite comfort food dishes (: I never add courgette though, so one day if I'm feeling particularly adventurous I may give it a try! xx

  2. A girl I know joined Weight Watchers and lost tonnes of weight! She went from something like a size 18 to a size 12 in a year! Best of luck :D xx