Shepherd's Pie

As a working parent to two small boys I know the struggle of having to prepare a fast, cheap, healthy meal for my children after already putting in a full day’s work. One of my favorite meals to make during the cold winter months is Shepherd’s Pie. It is so easy to make and can feed my family of 5, with leftovers, for under $10. Here is the recipe I use.

Shepherd's Pie

3 cups of mashed potatoes (I cheat and use 2 packages of Idahoan mashed potatoes)

1 pound of ground beef

1 can of French cut green beans

2 packages of brown gravy mix

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Salt & pepper

1 tablespoon garlic powder

I start by browning the ground beef and seasoning with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. While that is cooking I also prepare the brown gravy as directed on the package. I then combine the ground beef and gravy. Once combined I evenly distribute the mixture into the bottom of a casserole dish. Next I drain my green beans and then sprinkle them over the ground beef. My next step is to prepare the potatoes. Once prepared the potatoes are spread evenly over the contents of the casserole dish. I then top with cheese and throw it in a 350-degree oven for about 20 minutes. Let cool for about 10 minutes, then serve.

My family loves this recipe, and I hope yours will too! Tune in next Thursday for another budget friendly recipe. 

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