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YUGIFOSTER Posts: 191
6/25/12 5:06 P

I've made 'homemade' HH dry mixes for families for Christmas. Here is the mix base:Ground Beef Mix

2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
1 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup beef bouillon powder
1/4 cup dried onion flakes
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. black pepper
2 Tbsp. dried parsley
1 Tbsp. garlic powder

Mix the ingredients together in a medium bowl and store in an air tight container in a cool, dry place.

You add 1/2 cup seasoning mix and 1 cup of water to cooked ground beef and noodles. Use macaroni and cheddar at the end for Cheeseburger, cook w/onion, egg noodles and homemade taco seasoning for taco casserole, add 2 cans dice tomatoes and 1 T of chili powder for a chili mac.

For stroganoff--2 c water, 2 c egg noodles w/ the mix and beef. Cook as usual and stir in 1/2 c light sour cream at the end. Or for a potato casserole, 6 peeled thinly sliced potatoes, frozen peans and carrots to the ground turkey or hamburger w/ 3/4 c water and mix.

Hope this helps.



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6/19/12 9:41 P

plain yoget great

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/12/12 10:25 A

You can make your own taco seasoning-chilli powder, cumin, smoked paprika-and if you like it spicy-cayenne pepper and/or chipotle pepper. Salt and pepper to taste. Usually, the packets of taco seasoning have SOOOO much salt, it's almost insane.


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1/12/12 9:10 A

Hamburger..... salt the bottom of the fry pan and put the hamburger in. You won't need any oil, if it is too dry, add a little broth. Fry up, break up and then drain in colander. Noted someone here posted to rinse with hot water, that would get rid of extra fat... I add onions and garlic (I'm not a fan of green peppers) to the hamburger. Then after it is drained I add seasonings (taco, spaghetti, or other ones) and then I store it in 4 oz servings and freeze it. (I live alone). Then I have hamburger ready to go for my hot dishes which include spaghetti, or I add to salad for taco salad or I just eat alone,,,,, as I love meat. I use only shiritaki noodles. There are a myriad of vegetables (summer squash, parsnips, rutabaga, and so many more that you can fry or roast and add the hamburger too. and of course canned tomatoes for any tomato based dishes.... have fun! Lois

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1/11/12 9:07 P

Today I made my own version of hamburger helper.
1 lb browned ground beef- After browning I rinse beef in collandar under HOT water to remove fat. add to any style cooked pasta, add plenty of chopped veggies, green pepper, mushrooms, celery-whatever you like. Add a can of of chopped tomatoes, a can of spaghetti sauce mix and place in cassarole dish coated with cooking spray. Bake covered at 375 about a hour, top with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese. Can also be cooked in microwave until hot, and topped with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese. serve salad as a side.

Tuna helper- Add mushroom soup/water , can drained tuna, frozen or can peas or mixed vegetables, cooked pasta, mix and place in cassarole dish bake covered at 375 until hot. Can be cooked in microwave until hot. Top with a sprinkle of cheese or breadcrumbs.

Edited by: SUMMERSKYE60 at: 1/11/2012 (21:14)

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ALECIA0823 Posts: 446
1/10/12 10:10 P

I often make sloppy joes, or even just plain meatballs when I have hamburger, but don't want to do hamburger helper. My kids also love walking tacos - I use frito chips (I should say, the kids eat the frito chips), and regular taco toppings over the chips - easy and everyone loves it.

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1/10/12 9:57 P

i like

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/6/12 4:55 P

Plain yogurt works GREAT in place of sour cream, and from what I understand, Greek yogurt is even better.


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LYNNKSMITH Posts: 95
1/6/12 4:44 P

I make a recipe similar to BAB77_1999, but I add a can of diced tomatoes and a dash or Worchestershire sauce to create a cabbage roll flavoured dish. Also add diced green peppers or sliced mushrooms if you have them. Serve with a dollop of sour cream.

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1/6/12 4:22 P

Brown Hamburger (use the 95% lean hamb.) in olive oil remove hamburger, take some chopped vegetables (I usually use cabbage cut into 1 inch chunks), add just enough water to steam cabbage for a few minutes and then some more olive oil through in some brown rice and the hamburger and add six pepper spice. The spice is awesome for just about anything to add a lot of interest. I use a lot of it, maybe even a tablespoon. Brown ingredients and enjoy. It is very quick to make and very tasty.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/6/12 3:40 P

Use whole wheat elbows instead of semolina. Brown and drain the ground beef. Add it to the macaroni with 8oz of 2% cheddar with 1/2 cup skim milk, 2 tbsp of unsalted butter. Use the original Mrs. Dash seasoning, or onion powder, garlic powder, chilli powder, cumin, and black pepper-for like a taco-y hamburger helperish stuff....


I think I'll do this tomorrow! I've done it before, but I have leftovers that we have to go through!

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GW2: 250
GW3: 220
GW4: 200
GW5: 175

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SASSY_CAT Posts: 57
1/6/12 5:37 A

There are so many great websites that I go to for recipes. The healthiest is EatingWell.com, then there is Tasteofhome.com, allrecipe.com and food.com. You can find just about anything that you are looking for and most post the nutritional value to a recipe. I am guessing but I can't imagine the hamburger helper is low fat and healthy. I would fry up the hamburger with onion and bell pepper if you have time and place tomato soup, spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce in with it. If you have add cabbage, zucchini, mushrooms, broccoli or corn add that in also. It will help add veggies. You can add some pasta and grate some cheese and watch it melt Now you have made your own Hamburger Helper

Edited by: SASSY_CAT at: 1/6/2012 (21:38)
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1/4/12 11:52 P

i am trying to get away from Hamberger helper. I have the ground beef just need a quick and easy recipe for picky eaters. I have some rice and multiple spices. Can anyone help? emoticon


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