Fall in Love with Red Meat Again

This post is an entry for the #HealthyRedMeat Challenge, sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel.

We eat red meat as a family as we really enjoy it – the tastes and textures along with the vast variety of recipes we can create makes it an easy go-to staple.

It’s also absolutely packed with important nutrients that are low in toddlers and children including iron, zinc, and B vitamins, selenium and potassium and as we have two small children, it’s a no brainer!

I’ve heard people saying that too much red meat is bad for you – but no-one can back this up and no-one seems to know why.

Britmums are partnering with the Meat Advisory Panel to cast this undeserved bad rep aside and highlight the benefits of red meat in the diets of children.

“Dr Emma Derbyshire, a public health nutritionist and mother, 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.”

We luckily never really have any trouble getting our girls to eat anything and as the weather is growing colder, I decided to make a tastey winter warmer I haven’t made for a long time – Beef Bourguignon Shepherd’s Pie – you could make this Syn free on Slimming World too!

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I always buy British meat and Tesco have a great range.

I started by heating up some frylight and adding the beef to the saucepan to brown for five minutes or so, before adding the finely chopped onions to soften.

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All Super Speed on Slimming World

Then I added the chopped carrots and halved mushrooms before pouring over the contents of a Coleman’s Beef Bourguignon packet that if dutifully mixed with 425ml of cold water – I know this is a cheat and I could have easily made it myself – but I was pressed for time with a teething toddler, a chatty pre-schooler and a puppy who was very, very interested in the red meat.

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So I did the cheats version – I’m a working mum and this was 50p!

It still seemed a bit thick to me – so I treated it to a glug of wine – it’s meant to be good for you, you know, and if I’d made it from scratch I’d’ve needed it anyway.

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I read somewhere that a glass of red wine is good for your mental health.

I chose this Cotes Du Rhone as it goes really well with beef – it’s nice as an accompaniment too!

I popped it in the oven for an hour before peeling, chopping and boiling some potatoes to mash and spread over the bourguignion (not traditional I know – but delicious).

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I grated some cheese over the top and finished it off under the grill. For those following Slimming World – the whole dish is only six Syns!

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I served it with green beans

The house smelled amazing – the pie looked amazing and not only did my sidekicks demolish the lot – they went back for seconds.

Tonight we had Gammon, Egg and Chips – no recipe needed as it’s so easy!

I like a joint of Gammon as it’s great value costing less than a fiver for 1.3 kg (as opposed to paying £2 for five thin slices!) – it fed four of us and we’ve got enough left for lunch tomorrow too – we could have sandwiches or maybe a salad.

As much as I love chicken, I could never give up red meat.

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