Need a Helping Hand?

February 18, 2012

Helloooo budget foodies! Today I’d like to introduce you to my little friend, Hamburger Helper. Now I know you’ve all seen the cheesy commercials on TV, but this product really is delicious and incredibly easy to make!

All you need is a box of your choice of Hamburger Helper, some water, milk, and of course ground beef. As you can see in the picture, my favorite flavor is called Stroganoff. A box of these will only cost you about $1-4 dollars, depending on where you buy it and whether or not it’s on sale. If you decide you’re a fan, stock up on these like I do when I see that red price tag hanging from the display!

The steps are all on the back of the box, but here is my rendition (in non-culinary terms) for the Stroganoff flavor:

  1. Brown the beef, meaning you cook it until it looks medium brown…
  2. Drain out the excess fat and juices from the meat, leaving the meat in your pan.
  3. Then, add in the water, milk, and powder mix that comes with the box. Stir it all up together and “make it happy”, as Emeril Lagasse would say. At first, your concoction of STUFF may look  gross and a bit watery, but no worries!
  4. Add in the uncooked pasta from the box into your pan, and mix well. Stir occasionally on high heat and you’ll see everything thicken, and come together nicely.
  5. Last but not least, simply place a cover over the pan and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Again, stir here and there to make sure it doesn’t  clump up and that’s basically it. Your precious meal is complete!

This meal is super fast and easy, and can feed up to 3 people! 

For a healthier option:

  • Substitute ground beef for ground turkey
  • Use 2% or skim milk instead of whole milk

All that’s left to do is enjoy 🙂

Posted by: Virginia To, Blog Admin/Designer

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3 Responses to “Need a Helping Hand?”

  1. I also add in about 1/2 cup extra water, 1 cup extra milk, and egg noodles until they are JUST barely covered by the liquid. If you can, add in garlic powder, onion powder, and a bit of basil & oregano. This will seriously feed about 6 people or will last one person a full week.

  2. renxkyoko said

    Add extra milk or water. The dish becomes too dry later. I like it a little saucy. But that’s jusr me.

    Cheers !

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