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This has led me to wonder, why all the beans? Is there some sort of happiness to be gained by denying oneself deliciousness? Or do people really just not "get" how to take their favorite recipes and give them inexpensive makeovers? Just in case it's the latter, I'll share one of my favorite budget recipes that is super easy. An added bonus: you can make this meal from scratch or it can quickly be prepared using leftovers from a weekend pot roast!
1 lb ground beef, browned and drained (or 1 lb cubed leftover pot roast)
1 batch onion gravy (or 1 1/2 cups leftover pot roast gravy)
2 cups frozen peas and carrots (or 2 cups leftover pot roast veggies)
4 cups mashed potatoes (fresh or leftover, warmed if cold)
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided
Preheat oven to 400*.
Mix mashed potatoes with 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese; set aside.
Mix the beef, gravy, peas and carrots together in a 9x13 pan. Spoon Parmesan-mashed potatoes over top of meat mixture and then spread evenly to cover. Top with remaining Parmesan. Use a fork to make the top uneven and jagged so that it will brown more nicely.
Bake approximately 30 minutes, until the gravy is bubbling around the sides and the peaks of the potatoes are browned.
Cool at least 10 minutes before serving.