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This is easy to prepare and flexible, great for a work lunch. The condensed soup, potatoes, and cheese blend into a wonderful gooey cheesiness that compliments the hearty meat and veggies. Thank you Kammy Lee for the inspiration for this dish!

Notes: Season the meat however you want. A seasoning packet could work well. For vegetarians, I strongly suspect that seasoned tempeh would go well in this. Based on my experiments, I also believe that a dairy free version of this recipe would work well, just replace the soup with some kind of gravy (or leave it out entirely if you want a drier pie).

Makes 5 medium-large meals (could easily be halved)

Going at a moderate pace it takes me an hour

Ingredients

  • 1-2 lbs 15% fat ground beef
  • 1-2 Tbl Worcestershire sauce
  • ½-1 tsp powdered onion
  • ½-1 tsp powdered garlic
  • 20 oz frozen veggies (one or two bags, suggest a mix of carrots, corn, peas, and green beans)
  • 20 oz condensed cream of mushroom soup (probably two containers)
  • ~ 3-4 cups instant mashed potatoes flakes (may wish to add butter and salt to improve flavor)
  • 1-2 cups grated cheddar cheese

 

Instructions

  1. Cooking the beef on medium high in a frying pan. Add seasonings (Worcestershire sauce, powdered onion, powdered garlic) and break up with a spatula. Cook until beef has turned brown and most of liquid is gone. If necessary, use a thermometer to test if the beef is food safe.
  2. While beef is cooking make the instant mashed potatoes (it came out to be 3-4 cups of the dry potato flakes which was re-hydrated by adding boiling water until the potatoes were the desired consistency). Add salt and butter to taste.
  3. Set out empty microwave-safe tupperware dishes. Put a layer of fully cooked beef on the bottom. Then put in a layer of frozen veggies, followed by a layer of condensed cream of mushroom soup, then a layer of mashed potatoes, and top with grated cheddar cheese. Cap with a lid and put in the fridge.
  4. When ready to eat, remove the lid and microwave on high until hot and bubbly (it sometimes helps it cook evenly if you make a hole in the center before microwaving). Enjoy!

 

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