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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Hamburger Helper

One of my goals for this year is to slowly go unprocessed. I found this great blog, Kitchen Stewardship. She challenged her readers to a mission. "Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to find one box or bottle in your house that you think you can make yourself, find a recipe, and try it out. If it’s a success, commit to never buying that package again."

I found a box of Hamburger Helper in our cabinet during the EFTP Challenge (not sure why... we don't eat the stuff!) But I used this to start my mission. Hopefully I will continue this mission on my own and that will help us to slowly go unprocessed!

You need:
1 lb. ground beef
chopped onion
garlic powder
3 Tbsp margarine or butter
3 Tbsp flour
2 cups milk
1 cup Beef Broth
2 cups whole wheat noodles

To make:
In large skillet, brown ground beef with chopped onion and crushed garlic cloves. Season with pepper. Do not return beef to the skillet.

In same skillet, add margarine or butter. Once melted, whisk in flour to form a paste. Quickly whisk in milk until no clumps remain. Cook for 3-4 minutes over medium heat, until sauce starts to bubble and thicken.

Once this happens, add the beef broth and pasta shells. Stir through. Add 1 lb. of meat and mix together. Cover and cook over medium heat for 12-15 minutes, or until pasta shells have cooked through. Stir often. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat. Sauce will thicken slightly after removing from heat. Serve

The Verdict:
It turned out great! Hubs had three servings! C cleaned his plate and asked for more. (A is still sick and hasn't been eating much)


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