This recipe is perfect for those fussy eaters in your life. I’ve tried everything to get Olivia to eat and enjoy her veggies but if it isn’t covered in cheese or gravy, she isn’t interested. Can’t say I blame her, the girl has good taste! However, she loves things with ‘hidden’ veggies. Blended up into a sauce, she loves them (I think she just wants to stay a baby). I thought it might be helpful for me to share my Veggie Packed Cottage Pie Recipe for those also struggling with getting their little ones to eat veggies.

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This isn’t just for fussy toddlers! If you’re wanting to inject more vitamins and minerals as the colder seasons roll in, then this is perfect for you. This is also a great recipe if you’re wanting to eat healthier. I don’t know about you but the colder months are not great for my waistline. As it gets colder, I want more comfort foods and all the good chocolate and treats come into the shops. I am going to make a conscious effort to eat healthier this Winter and one of the best ways to do this is up your veggie intake!

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Veggies: sweet potato, white potato, mushrooms, yellow bell pepper, white onion, carrot and garlic

You can add or swap any veggies you like. This recipe is so versatile. So whatever is on offer or whatever you happen to have at the time, will work too. Similarly, fresh veggies can be quite expensive so feel free to swap these for frozen or tinned.

Make it your own

Kids are tough cookies. So if your kid really doesn’t like sweet potato, this recipe isn’t going to make them love it. Swap it out for regular potato or add some puree carrot. Also, if your kid likes peas, add some in with the mince. Don’t be afraid to mix things up to cater to your kid’s likes. To get them eating whole veggies, you can slowly change the texture over time and make it more lumpy. There are no rules, no matter what anyone tells you. So here is my Veggie Packed Cottage Pie Recipe that you can make your own.

Veggie Packed Cottage Pie

Cottage pie with extra veggies, vitamins and minerals
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Baking Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion peeled, chopped
  • 50 g carrot grated
  • half bell pepper diced
  • 50 g mushrooms chopped
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 400 g chopped tomatoes tinned
  • 450 g minced beef
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 250 ml beef stock
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 300 g sweet potato peeled, cubed
  • 300 g white potato peeled, cubed
  • 50 g cheese grated
  • a bit of milk and butter
  • salt and pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 220°C (200°C Fan) or Gas Mark 7.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a saucepan on a medium high heat. Fry half of the chopped onions until softened.
  • Add the carrot, pepper and mushrooms and fry until softened.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and garlic. Evenly mix.
  • Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes until the veggies are soft. Blend to desired texture with a hand blender (be careful because it will be hot).
  • Heat remaining oil in a saucepan on a medium high heat. Fry the remaining onion and then add the beef to brown.
  • Once fully browned, add the flour and ensure it is fully coated.
  • Add the stock, veggies, thyme, Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper and mix well. Leave to simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Boil the potatoes until soft. Drain and mash with milk, butter and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour mince into an oven proof dish then top with the mashed potatoes. Sprinkle cheese over the top.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is a golden brown.
Keyword cottage pie, toddler friendly, veggies

As always, thank you for taking the time to read this post. I hope it helps some of you with those picky eaters. There’s nothing more stressful than when your child won’t eat or refuses to eat. As a Mum, you just want what’s best for them and you know that if they eat their veggies, they’ll be healthy. I’m telling you now, if you’re a Mum that stresses over the fact that their kid will not eat veggies, you’re a good Mum and they’ll be absolutely fine.

To ensure they’re healthy, give them vitamin supplements this winter. I put these into Olivia’s milk. When she’s older (and hopefully eating her veggies) I will move her onto the gummy vitamins.

That way I know she’s getting what she needs and I can figure out the veggie battle as I go.

Keep doing your best, Mumma.

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