1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook beef according to package directions. Spoon beef into a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish. Top with corn and peas; set aside.
2. Cook potatoes according to package directions; spoon potatoes into a bowl. Add cream cheese, butter, and garlic powder; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Spread potato mixture over vegetables; sprinkle with cheese.
3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
Get the Family Involved: Some youngsters are turned on to cooking if they can use an electric appliance like a mixer. For safety's sake, teach children how to use it properly, and never leave them to use it unattended.
MENU IDEA FOR 8 * Shepherd's Pie * Lime sherbet
GROCERIES NEEDED Check staples: butter, garlic powder * 2 (17-oz.) packages fully cooked beef tips with gravy (we tested with Hormel) * 1 (10-oz.) package frozen whole kernel corn * 1 (10-oz.) package frozen sweet peas * 1 (24-oz.) package refrigerated mashed potatoes (we tested with Country Crock) * 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese * 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese * 1/2 gal. lime sherbet