A couple of nights ago we hadn't been shopping yet and had little left in the cupboard and freezer.
I found in the freezer 500g of mince that had cost $4.50. I found 4 large potatoes left in the pantry & about 1.5 to 2 cups of frozen mixed vegies in the freezer & a really small bit of block cheese in the fridge.
I browned the mince & added a dessert spoon of gravy powder, a few splooshes of barbecue sauce & some water & then added the frozen vegies and let them simmer altogether for a while on the stove top.
Meanwhile I was boiling the potatoes and then mashed them. Eventually I put the mince / veg mix in a baking dish and spread the mash on top and then sprinkled the cheese (grated) on top.
Baked it in the oven for about 15 minutes and served up to a family of 4 who were very appreciative of a filling meal made from very little.
Basically a cottage pie in the end but so simple and you could add whatever you wanted. But it was really cheap all up.