Beef and Veggie Mash

Poor Man’s Comfort Food: Beef and Veggie Mash-Up


  • 1 can of sliced potatoes ($0.88)
  • 3/4 can of green beans ($0.75)
  • 1 package of brown gravy mix ($0.50)
  • 1 pound ground beef ($3.99)
  • 1 package instant mashed potatoes ($1.50)

Total Cost: $7.62


  1. Prepare Gravy:
    • Follow the package instructions to prepare the brown gravy. Allow it to thicken on low heat while you proceed with the next steps.
  2. Brown and Season Beef:
    • In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium heat.
    • Season the beef to your liking with salt, pepper, or any preferred spices.
  3. Add Potatoes and Green Beans:
    • Drain the sliced potatoes and add them to the skillet with the browned beef.
    • Add 3/4 can of green beans (drained) to the mixture.
    • Stir the ingredients together.
  4. Pour in Gravy:
    • Once the gravy has thickened, pour it over the beef, potatoes, and green beans in the skillet.
    • Stir the mixture well to coat everything in the savory gravy.
    • Allow it to simmer for about 5 minutes until the vegetables are cooked through.
  5. Prepare Instant Mashed Potatoes:
    • While the beef and veggies are simmering, prepare the instant mashed potatoes according to the package instructions.
  6. Serve:
    • Create a bed of mashed potatoes on each plate, forming a bowl shape.
    • Spoon the beef and veggie mixture onto the mashed potatoes.
  7. Enjoy:
    • Serve your Poor Man’s Comfort Food hot and enjoy the hearty, flavorful combination of beef, potatoes, and green beans over creamy mashed potatoes.

This budget-friendly recipe offers a comforting and satisfying meal that won’t break the bank. Feel free to customize the seasoning and add your favorite herbs for an extra touch of flavor.

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