Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Easy Shepherd's Pie

I made a really, really simple dinner last night.  A twist on an old classic, Shepherd's Pie.  But I did it in a semi-homemade kind of way, and it was easy, healthy, and a hit with the entire family!
We are back to meal planning each week, which makes putting our dinners together each night about 100 times easier.  But this week, we had some unexpected challenges pop up, and I didn't plan our dinners out until I was at the grocery store, cruising the aisles, racking my brain trying to decide what we were going to eat.  But I actually came up with this super easy-shortcut way to make a hearty, comfort meal, Shepherd's Pie, when I saw a packet of brown gravy mix, and was inspired.  So when my awesome mom and I (she is in town helping out with the previously mentioned unexpected challenges) started putting together this dinner last night, we were all pleasantly surprised on how it turned out!
So here's what you'll need:
1 pound ground beef (ground turkey would also be good!)
1 packet dry brown gravy mix
1 cup of water
3/4 bag (about 8 ounces) of frozen mixed vegetables
1 bag Ore-Ida frozen Steam and Mashed Potatoes
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup-1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
And here's what you do!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Brown ground beef until cooked through, drain off grease. 
In a small bowl, mix brown gravy mix and water until smooth.  Add to ground beef.  Also add the frozen veggies, and cook until warmed through.  Pour beef mixture into the bottom of a deep dish pie plate.
Meanwhile, follow the directions on the bag of potatoes, and microwave.  Mix with milk and butter, mash until smooth.  Spread on top of the beef mixture.  Sprinkle with cheese.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, until cheese has melted.  DONE!
The girls cleaned their plates, I got seconds and Scott enjoyed it too.  It was a very quick and easy dinner to make, and a lot of the ingredients you may already even have on hand.  Veggies, startch, meat and cheese. 
Those are all the major food groups, right?!
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