Hamburger helper can be a convenience, but unless you only have a
couple kids with small appetites, it isn't going to feed your
family. How much time are you really going to save? You still
have to brown the meat and cook the noodles. The only thing that
really saves you time is having the flavoring/spices pre-mixed,
and the ingredients pre-measured.
It doesn't take a lot of time to mix your spices up beforehand to
have on hand. Store them in an airtight jar, and they will
easily keep for 6 months.
You will find many combinations in the "Make-a-Mix" books. I also
like to keep dry onion soup mix on hand. You can make that or
buy it in the packets. It adds a lot of flavor to anything you
mix it with, and added to sour cream makes a great dip.
Here is a fast and easy recipe using a packet of onion mix. This
is basically all that hamburger helper consists of. The
different flavors just use additional spices.
Ground beef (1 lb)*
4 cups egg noodles
1 small can tomato sauce
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
1 1/2 cups water
Just make this the same way you make hamburger helper, all in the
skillet. Brown the meat, drain the fat, add the liquids and
seasoning, and the add the noodles and cook until tender.
If you wanted a Mexican dish, you would add spices like cumin,
and instead of adding noodles to the mixture, you could add some
Fritos or Tortilla chips.
If you really want to get organized, pre-measure your noodles and
spices and put them in a large baggie. If time is short, or you
want to make things easier for other family members to cook, this
may work well for you. Either way, you save money.
Servings = 8. Serving size = 1 cup. Weight Watchers Points Plus = 6 points. * If you use ground turkey instead of ground beef the Points Plus is 5 points per serving.
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