We bet you’re wondering whether you can you really burn fat with comfort food? And luckily, if you use our cottage pie recipe, which has a 65% lower Glycaemic Index (GI), then yes, you can!
We get it – as the temperature drops, your craving for comfort food increases. But that doesn’t mean you have to avoid comfort food altogether or indulge in meals that will see you ingesting hundreds of extra calories.
Because it’s the carbs that kill your fitness in this winter favourite. A big slab of cheesy mashed spuds slathered onto fatty beef adds more than 1 876 kilojoules and gives a GI rating of 74, according to sports nutritionist Caroline Farrell.
But by blending sweet potato and cauliflower in place of the mash, you lower the GI rating to less than 45, meaning you avoid the blood-sugar crash. And by shaving roughly a third of the kilojoule count, you can justify going back for seconds, maybe thirds.
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Don’t believe us? The proof is in the uhhh, cottage pie? Your average cottage pie has around 3 181 Kilojoules (763 calories). But the MH cottage pie contains 2 172 Kilojoules (521 calories) which is 30% less than what you’d normally be eating!
In this recipe, you can use either beef or ostrich mince, but ostrich is a great option if you’re trying to shed a few extra kilograms. Ostrich meat is extremely high in protein and high in iron but it’s low in fat, calories and cholesterol. These days it’s pretty easy to get your hands on at stores around SA and you won’t even taste the difference.
Here at MH we’re all about eating healthy meals without having to sacrifice flavour which is why we’re constantly searching for and creating recipes that are healthy takes on classic meals. Because you don’t have to be a chef to cook great food. Bon Appétit!