Thursday, April 1, 2010

Homemade "Hamburger Helper"

Like most kids of the 80s, I grew up on Hamburger Helper and loved it. It is a quick and easy meal for a busy mom to prepare, and kids will gobble it up so I understand the appeal. Good thing is you can make a homemade version just as easily and without the added MSG, sodium, hydrogenated oils, and artificial colors and with just as much variety as the boxed version.

Here is my recipe, but let me warn you, I don't use a recipe to make this so I'm guessing! Proceed with caution! :)

Homemade "Hamburger Helper" Chili Mac
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • Chili powder, cumin, garlic, salt, & pepper (to your taste)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 box whole wheat pasta shells
  • 1 small can tomato sauce 
  • 1/4 cup salsa/taco sauce
  • 1 cup cheese
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
Brown the ground beef and onions together and drain an excess fat.  Add in spices, water, and milk and bring to a boil. Add noodles and cook for the amount of time directed on box. When done, add in tomato sauce, salsa, cheese, and sour cream and stir. Continue cooking until desired consistancy - about 3-5 minutes.

This recipe can easily be modified using chicken or tuna, different cheeses, adding various vegetables or beans...the possibilities are endless! This is a great one pot meal that is on the table in 30 minutes or less, and the entire family will enjoy it.

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