COVID 19 Lock Down pie without using pastry.

Lock down has made health and weight management a lot more challenging than usual and as a result I am having what Slimming World call an SP week. This means lots and of hard to digest veg with some protein and no carbs.

For pastry making (pie crust) this becomes very difficult. Added to this is the challenge of using what is in as the cupboard without recourse to a quick pop to the shop.

Root vegetables are often used as alternative to pastry (avoiding potatoes) but these were also in short supply as I had made a big vat of soup earlier in the day. Some might say better planning would have prevented this but even with plans I often go off in a new direction so this might still have been an issue.

The one thing working in my favour was my daily allowance of fibre rich food (which does include carbs) and my daily allowance of calcium rich (I have it as fat rich as I have plenty of calcium elsewhere in my diet) food. Today this would manifest itself as 40g of rolled oats and 30g of grated cheddar. However I am getting ahead of myself.

Half an hour of research gave me nothing that ticked the box for me either through ingredients available or that hard to measure ‘Mmmmmm’ factor. As a result I put my inventive head on and this was the thoroughly successful result.

Pie Topping Ingredients:

  • 40g rolled oats
  • 30g grated cheddar
  • 4 balls frozen spinach defrosted
  • 1 egg
  • Seasoning


  • Mix together throughly.
  • Spread over the pie filling.
  • Bake in the oven for thirty minutes (in my case along side shortcrust topped pies for everyone else).

The results was a surprisingly firm pie crust that also tased delicious. The oats gave it a real pleasurable texture with spinach and cheese combing really well. My filling was chicken, leak and mushroom and was served with plenty of cabbage and mangetout. You can obviously change the filling and the side veg to suit yourself.

I will try it again but will also try blind baking a pie base (As you do with Pease Pudding Pastry – also detailed on this blog).

This is dead easy, quick and tasty. Give it ago.

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