Making Ends Meet: One-dish Shepherd's Pie For St. Patrick's Day

Here's a version of a shepherd's pie to help you celebrate St. Patrick's Day. It uses canned tomato soup and ground beef to advantage. This becomes a one-dish meal with the addition of the mashed potato topping and green beans stirred into the filling. This can easily be reheated in the microwave oven.

— Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley

Today's TipTake advantage of holiday specials. If your family insists on having an occasional treat, stock up after a holiday, when candy is marked half price or less. Do the same with trash bags or food storage bags covered with holiday decorations. Do you really care if the neighbors see your trash in a Halloween bag in November?

— Karen Haram, San Antonio Express


Hamburger Pie

1 small onion, diced

1 pound ground beef

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper

1 (15-ounce) can green beans, drained

1 can condensed tomato soup

2 cups mashed potatoes

1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown onions and ground beef in skillet over medium-high heat, breaking up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat and stir in salt, garlic powder, pepper, green beans and tomato soup.

Put mixture in baking pan and cover with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with a small amount of cheese. Bake 45 minutes or until well heated. Makes 4 servings.

Per serving: 260 calories, 23 percent calories from fat, 7 grams total fat, 60 milligrams cholesterol, 25 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams total fiber, 25 grams protein, 1120 milligrams sodium.

Adapted from Karen Haram of the San Antonio Express.

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