May 1, 2014
Are you like me and secretly hide your love of Hamburger Helper – the ease of it all, the fact that your kids love it, and so do you? My favorites are Beefy Pasta and Cheeseburger Macaroni. I don’t think I have really cared to try the rest since I know it’s over processed and not healthy and I am already addicted to two of them. It’s a guilty pleasure, and a rare occurrence in my house. But when I bust out the Hamburger Helper in my house you can hear the cheering and there is never any left. And if there is my husband or my one stepson (I have two stepsons and one daughter) happily take it for lunch the following day. Well, I wanted to come up with a way to have my hamburger helper and eat it, guilt-free, too.
1 lb ground beef
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. garlic powder (you could also use 2 cloves fresh minced garlic)
1 tbsp. dried onion flakes
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. pepper (or more to taste)
2 large beef bullion cubes (or 3 small ones)
1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
2 1/2 cups hot water
1/2 cup milk
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Brown the ground beef in a pan with the worcestershire, garlic powder, onion flakes, and pepper.
Crumble the bullion cubes into the meat and stir. Add the cornstarch and stir to coat the meat.
Slowly add the water and milk. Stir until mixed and add the pasta.
Cover and cook for 12 minutes (or until the noodles are tender). Add the cheese at the end and stir until completely melted.
It’s that easy! Just as easy as the boxed stuff and I promise just as good. You won’t go back! At least I will not go back, I’ll work on the cheeseburger mac next.
September 22, 2010
Homemade pizza is a great weeknight meal which the kids can participate in making. Kids take pride in making things on their own and helping to make the food they will eat is also a great way to get them interested in food and will be likely to eat a larger array of foods. Sometimes it is hard to come home from work and get time in with the kids, dinner made, homework, baths, and bed time routines. Cooking is such a great way to get in one-on-one time with your kids, plus you all have to eat! Plus I think it is really important to involve your kids in preparing the food they eat. They have to learn how to cook anyway and the more you cook together the more you can teach your children how to eat well, while bonding with them.
Flatbread pizza is a great fast weeknight meal. While looking at a baking blog I saw a recipe for flatbread, I will attempt to make it and share it with you. Otherwise just buy some Naan bread from your local grocery store. (Savemart carries it in the bakery).
White Sauce (Or use your favorite pizza or marinara sauce)
1 clove garlic, halved
1/2c. heavy cream (room temp)
1 c. milk (room temp)
1/4 t. salt
1 t. oregano
1/8 t. cayenne pepper
1/4 c. parmesan cheese
Melt butter in a pan and saute the garlic in the butter until fragrant. Whisk in flour and cook about 2 minutes. Slowly pour in cream and milk and whisk, while adding cayenne, salt and oregano. bring to a boil and add the parmesan cheese and whisk. Allow to thicken and boil a few minutes.
Spread the sauce on the flatbread. Top each flatbread with 1 cup of shredded mozzerella cheese.
Add your toppings. My daughter choose “marshrooms” and “salami” (pepperoni). Her two favorites.
I put tomatoes and red onion. My other Favorite is sundried tomatoes and artichokes.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees and cook for 10-15 minutes on the top shelf. I actually have an oven stone so I cooked the pizzas on my stone for 10 minutes (which crisps the bread) and finished them off on the top rack for 5 minutes to finish cooking the toppings.
Alternative: saute a clove of garlic cut in half in olive oil until fragrant. Brush the oil on the bread. Add shredded Fontina cheese, chopped artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes and thinly sliced red onion. (Superb!)