Shepherd’s pie tops ‘cold comforts’ poll

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shepherd's pieDuring the colder months there's nothing better than enjoying a delicious winter warmer meal before curling up on the sofa and falling asleep - if the kids let you.

Not only is it important to take the opportunity to warm up with a good meal, it can also give you something to look forward to as you battle the freezing daily trudge, and often comes in with a surprisingly low impact on your budget.

A YouGov survey, commissioned by Sainsbury's, has revealed that the most popular cold comforts dinner is old favourite shepherd's pie, with an impressive 60% opting for this timeless British classic.

For the sneakier mum and dads, the meat pie can also provide the perfect vessel through which to hide away vegetables, or make them more attractive to youngsters who refuse to eat their greens!

Among young adults, aged 18 to 35, lasagne is the most popular feast to banish away the January blues.

The Italian favourite can be made in a number of different ways to suit individual tastes, with vegetable versions proving to be a light, easy and enjoyable meal for all, meat-eaters or not.

But, as always, there's a downside as both of these meals are generally viewed as calorific dishes. Results from the poll showed that 40% of people would avoid eating lasagne first if they went on a diet, while shepherd's pie came third on the list.

Other culinary favourites at this time of year are beef chilli, chicken curry and mushroom pie, according to the study.

During the fitness hysteria of the new year it can be easy to overlook the benefits of a good home cooked feast but, in moderation, they could be just what you and your family need to breeze through the winter months.

Annie Denny, the special diets and health manager at Sainsbury's, has echoed this sentiment by pointing out that it is important to get "the balance right between enjoying yourself and not over indulging".