Do you want to make a meal that guarantees pleasure and adulation and satisfaction? Try the “The Humble Shepherd,” from Your whole table of diners will wallow in its gooey greatness. You won’t be able to refill their plates fast enough! I do enjoy mashed potatoes, but surprisingly, I don’t make them often. So this recipe reminded me of the warm comfort that a blanket of mashed potatoes can bring to a meal. I also like ground turkey, and frozen peas and carrots are too easy to reach for. I don’t mind indulging in white cheddar cheese. And then, this “instant chicken gravy mix” was available to me in a vegetarian version (cheap!), so that did it.

I added 2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. black pepper to my mashed potatoes. I cooked my turkey and onion for 7 minutes, added the gravy mix and water, then seasoned with 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. black pepper. You know I love layering everything into a baking dish and sliding it into the oven. I baked for 30 minutes. My young child absolutely loved this messy meal. The butter/milk/cheese creaminess was unmistakable -- and I was unashamed. Notice how quick and easy and forgiving this meal is: all certain reasons to make this kind of thing often.

Russet Potatoes (1 1/2 lbs.) = $1.82
Ground Turkey (1 lb.) = $4.92
Onion (1) = .52¢
Instant Chicken Gravy Mix (1 oz.) = .88¢

RECIPE: meat-potatoes-gravy-vegetables in an easy-to-swallow heap -- perfect
eat this after a little more than an hour of prep and cooking
TASTE: gravy, cheese, and smooth mashed potatoes coat the turkey and peas and carrots in the most agreeable of ways

Next time, I’ll take my turn with frozen phyllo dough. I want to try the “Phyllo Turnovers with Shrimp and Ricotta Filling,” from See what happens when you return to my site on Thursday, October 28.