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Friday, May 1, 2009

Family Meals for Under $5 - Shepherd's Pie

Family Meals for Under $5 - Shepherd's Pie

...Weekly grocery circulars often read “feed a family of 4 for under $10!”. I’m sure most of you have laughed at this as I did. As a result, I began to wonder what does dinner really cost for my family of 8? So I set a challenge for myself and I figured if I kept it under $5, I was doing good...

For our $5 dinner this week I have a classic, Shepherds Pie. I like this recipe because it's quick and also versitile. You can vary the soup and vegetables for a different twist. I've tried cream of chicken soup with broccoli and tomato soup and green beans. Again I served this with a tossed green salad. I usually make this on nights when I just don't know what to cook or if I have a meeting since it really is fast to make.

Shepherd's Pie
1 lb ground beef = $1.46 lb
1 sm onion ( 5 lb bag for 99c) = .02
1 10.5oz can cream of mushroom soup = .50
16 oz bag frozen mixed vegetables, rinsed = $1.18 (not on sale)
8 potatoes @ .06 c each = .48
1 c grated cheddar cheese (2lb loaf @ Costco for 3.99) = .38

Tossed Green Salad
1/2 head Romaine lettuce = .65
1 carrot, shredded = .09
1 Roma tomato, diced = .15

Total = $4.91

In a medium pot boil washed, skined and quartered potatoes till tender. Meanwhile brown ground beef and chopped onion till beef is no longer pink and onion is tender. Season well. Add cream of mushroom soup and mixed veggis. Stir to mix well. Place in a 13 x 9 baking dish. Mash potatoes and spread on top of meat mixture. Bake in a 350 oven for 25 min. Sprinkle cheese over the top and bake 5 min more or till melted.

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  1. Shepherd's Pie has been a family favorite for years, however I never added the cheese. It would give it a little more flavor. Thanks for the tip.

  2. I really enjoyed reading your submissions to the Homesteading Carnival. They were all great!

    Karen Southernbelle

  3. Sounds great! I do similar & top with tater-tots sometimes if I have them. A tad more expensive though but it's really good.

  4. Wow I had no idea that how cheap this meal could be! Thanks for breaking it down for us. It's fun to be frugal.