SW recipe: Roast beef with garlic and spinach mash

Serves 4
Ready in 1 hour 20 minutes


1.5kg lean beef topside, visible fat removed, patted dry

Low-calorie cooking spray

1 garlic bulb, halved crossways (left unpeeled)

400g baby carrots

300g thin-stemmed broccoli

15g fresh thyme


For the gravy:

2 large onions, finely sliced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 fresh thyme sprigs

500ml hot beef stock

1 tsp tomato purée


For the mash:

800kg floury potatoes, such as Maris Piper or King Edward, peeled and chopped

3 tbsp fat-free natural Greek yogurt

3 tbsp hot beef stock

150g baby spinach


1 Preheat your oven to 220°C/fan 200°C/gas 8. Spray the beef with low-calorie cooking spray, then season. Place in a non-stick roasting tin with the garlic. Roast for 25 minutes, then reduce the heat to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4 and cook for a further 30 minutes for medium, or 40 minutes for well done. Meanwhile, spread the carrots on a non-stick baking tray in a single layer and spray with low-calorie cooking spray. Season and add to the oven above the beef for the final 20 minutes.

2 For the gravy, spray a non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a low heat. Add the onions and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and thyme, and cook for 1 minute. Blitz using a jug or stick blender with a splash of beef stock until smooth. Combine the onion mixture with the rest of the stock and the tomato purée in the pan. Simmer for 5 minutes and set aside.

3 Cover the beef with foil and leave to rest. Meanwhile, add the broccoli to the carrots. Scatter over 15g thyme, spray with a little more low-calorie cooking spray and roast for a further 15 minutes. Meanwhile, boil the potatoes for 12-15 minutes, then drain, reserving the cooking water. Return to the pan and mash with the yogurt and stock. Add the spinach to the reserved cooking water and stir until wilted. Drain, squeeze dry, then roughly chop. Squeeze out the garlic flesh from the bulb, crush with a fork, then fold through the mash with the spinach. Slice the beef, then divide everything between 4 plates, discarding the thyme, and pour over the gravy.



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Make simple swaps
To help protect your weight loss, choose the leanest meats and trim off any visible fat – cut the white bits off bacon and remove skin from poultry. Dry-fry or cook with low-calorie cooking spray rather than fat or oil, switch sugar for sweetener, and swap cream and crème fraîche for fat-free natural yogurt or plain quark.

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