Hamburger Helper

Hamburger Helper 

Saving money, controlling the ingredients, AND have a quick "convenience" meal ready to go for dinner is what making your own Hamburger Helper Kits is all about!

In this post I am combining the recipes from two separate posts from my sister blog: Tip Garden into one post so you have all the recipes in one place. Choose from: Cheeseburger-Mac, Taco, Salisbury, Chili-Mac, Lasagna, Jambalaya, or Potato Helper.

It will only take about 15 minutes to put the packets together with ingredients you probably already have, and then to cook a quick meal all you need  is to add  a few fresh ingredients such as the meat.  

I will share the Cheeseburger Mac one here , and you can click over to print all the recipes below.
First I'll share the Pantry Kit to assemble and store and below that I'll share the instructions for cooking one up for dinner.

Let's get started.

Printable Copy of: Cheeseburger-Macaroni, Taco, Salisbury
Printable Copy of : Chili-Macaroni, Lasagna, Jambalaya, Potato

To make Pantry kit: 
Mix sauce packet ingredients together in a small bowl.

Label a sandwich sized plastic storage bag and pour sauce mix in bag, seal, and set aside.

Label a gallon sized ziplock bag and pour in pasta or rice,  sauce packet, and for taco helper also place a can of diced tomatoes.

Seal gallon sized bags and staple a copy of the recipe to the bag.  (click on link below for a printable copy)
Store in pantry till ready to cook. 

How to Cook your Dinner:
follow the instructions for each individual recipe. Below is the recipe for Cheeseburger Macaroni.
Cheeseburger Macaroni Helper:

To cook for dinner:
1 pre-made pantry meal

Fresh Ingredients for cooking day:
1 lb. ground beef (or turkey)
3 cups hot water
1 cup shredded cheese

Brown ground beef in large skillet, drain grease, add hot water, pasta and contents of sauce packet.  Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on low about 12 minutes stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender. During last few minutes of cooking, stir in the cheese; cover and cook final few minutes till cheese is melted.  Turn off heat and uncover. Let skillet dinner sit for about 5 minutes. This will allow sauce to thicken a bit.

What is your favorite Hamburger Helper? 
How do you make it healthier for you and your family?

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