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Healthy Mince and Tatties


Splendid health mince and tatties


Good old Scottish food with a difference

My home country Scotland is not known for its healthy foods. In fact Scotland is up there battling it out with the United States of America for the not so prestigious title “heart attack” capital of the world. This is probably the only war us Scots could win against the US.

If you search for a traditional Scottish meal the recipe would probably not be recommended by a doctor however, there are ways to make popular Scottish dishes a little healthier.

One dish that is very popular among Scot’s (especially in the winter) is Mince in Tatties, for the benefit of anyone who does not know what mince and tatties are its mashed potatoes with mince cooked with onions and diced carrots.

The health problem with this meal is that almost all Scot’s excessively make this with tons of melted full fat butter (sounds yummy I know) however, there are healthier ways to make mince and tatties without compromising on taste (I’m lying a little bit but not much).

To make a healthy meal of mince and tatties one will need

1lb minced beef
1 diced carrot
1lb potatoes
1 onion sliced and diced
2 garlic cloves
Pinch of dried thyme

Use a non stick pan, insert the minced beef, heat gently stirring with a wooden spoon.

The natural fats from the minced beef with allow for the beef to cook gently without sticking to the pan. Once the minced beef has completely browned add the sliced and diced onion and finely chopped garlic.

Cook for a few minutes with the onion and garlic in the pan. This will mix all the flavours together.

Next task is to pour some boiling water over the mince, just enough to cover. Add the carrot and thyme and bring back to the boil. Once boiling bring back the heat so the meal is gently simmering.

Next up are the tatties. After peeling cut into chunks. Place into a pan of water, slightly salted and boil gently for around 25 minutes.

Once boiled drain the water, add a large dob of low fat margarine and mash the tatties till smooth.

Lay the tatties on the plate carefully adding the mince on top.

The new healthily styled mince and tatties now taste's as good without the fat gaining calories.

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Jenny on March 11, 2016:

TASTY TEA. Delicious mince and tatties

Mandie on January 22, 2015:

Hmm so good great mince and tatties doll

poopsy on November 08, 2013:

tasty dinner

Gregor Miller from Glasgow on February 14, 2013:

Yum, a magnificent dish. I could go it just now!

gavelect (author) from Glasgow on November 10, 2011:

Thanks for comments guys appreciated :-) Its getting a little cold overhear now so this time of year is perfect for mince and tatties. Stovies are another Scottish favourite. I may keep that for another day.


Ireno Alcala from Bicol, Philippines on November 09, 2011:

I used to cook minced beef for the Europeans (Greeks, some Britons, too) whenever our ship loads or discharges in UK and other parts of Europe.

Good food from a Scot like you. I'm sure you've already won the hearts of many American hubbers.

travel-O-grapher from Dhaka, Bangladesh on November 09, 2011:

the food looks yummy... mince meat's one of my all time favs! :D