Spending money on ready-made food and ingredients can be one of the largest expenses in your budget.
My household has the mainstays that are generally budget-friendly, tasty meals that don’t make you feel deprived in the slightest.
I’m sharing my cost-effective go-to recipes that both couples and families will enjoy.
This dish is a repeat in my household because it’s a dish that can be tailored to any extras I may have for the week.
How can such a simple dish seem so deluxe? Meat and mashed potatoes all-in-one dish. All included with an extra dose of veggies.
Play around with the ingredients – especially the veggies and protein. I used lean ground beef in this recipe, but you can definitely use ground turkey.
To make this dish really super, make sure you season the meat well. Use salt and pepper or your favorite seasoning.
• Shepherd’s Pie Deluxe •
Shepherd's Pie Deluxe
A meal that can be tailored to your preferences! Best time to enjoy: For lunch or dinner
- 5 Russet potatoes $4.50
- 1 Onion $1.25
- 1 lb. Lean ground beef $6.50
- 1 can Tomato paste $1.25
- 1 can Corn $1.00
- 1 can Peas $1.00
- 1 bag Spinach $2.50
- 1 bag Shredded cheese (optional) $2.50
- Total $20.50
- Cost per serving $2.56
Cut the onions into small pieces.
Season the lean ground beef with salt and pepper.
Cut the russet potatoes into medium-sized pieces.
Place the potatoes in boiling water until soft. When soft, pour out *most* of the boiling liquid. Leave some water in the pan and use it to mash. At this point, feel free to add any fixin's you want to the potatoes, like butter, milk, garlic, etc. I mash mine plain with a tad of salt.
Let the mashed potatoes sit off the hot stove while you proceed to cook the meat.
Put a dash of olive oil in pan, add all the onions, and stir until translucent. Add the lean ground beef and break into pieces while cooking. Make sure that it is seasoned with salt and pepper. When meat is almost cooked through, add the whole can of tomato paste.
Stir mixture until combined. Then add the can of peas and corn and mix. Then add the bag of spinach. Mix well.
Turn off the stove and let sit.
Get large baking dish(es) and place the mixture of meat and veggies in the dish and smooth out.
Make sure to leave room for the potatoes to be smoothed on top.
Spread the mashed potatoes on top of mixture in baking dish.
Add cheese to the top, if desired.
Put in oven for ~40 minutes at 350 degrees.
Cut into segments and serve!
Please note: If you are an expert multi-tasker, cook the potatoes and the meat and veggie mixture at the same time (in different cooking vessels).
Enjoy, and share your thoughts if you try this recipe!
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