Saturday, February 27, 2010

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's Pie was my "go-to" dinner when the kids were younger and we needed something on the table quickly. It was my favorite dinner when I was 10, and I still love it. Start by preparing some instant mashed potatoes. (You could peel and cut and boil and mash fresh potatoes, but this is supposed to be "quick and easy.")
Take a package of wheat/meat from the freezer and microwave it for 30 seconds so you can sprinkle it over the potatoes. (If you plan ahead, you can take it out to thaw earlier, or you can even cook your raw hamburger when you're preparing dinner - add some onions for extra flavor.)
Open a can of green beans, drain the liquid, and sprinkle on top of the meat.
Open a can of tomato soup and spread over the beans.
Sprinkle the whole thing with grated Cheddar cheese. Pop in the microwave for about 5 minutes to heat everything through, or put it in the oven at 350° for 20-30 minutes to do the same thing.
Then serve your hungry family.

This meets every definition of comfort food. Give it a try some day.
(If you want, you can easily vary the meat, vegetable, soup and cheese to fit what you have on hand. It's the potatoes that make it Shepherd's Pie.)

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