When I got home from work Wednesday night I looked at Mr. Prevention and quickly to the dog as she jiggled and bounced with excitement and we collapsed onto the couch. “How will we ever have a family?” I asked. “We can’t even handle our careers and a dog,” I continued.
“I know, right. ” Mr. Prevention agreed.
Fact is, life gets busy. Hopefully, it’s busy with lots of good things, like careers…and babies! #babyfever
One of the sweetest bloggers I know, Amy, who blogs at Amy’s Kitchen Creations, is expecting her first baby later this month (!). The very thoughtful Carrie of Carrie’s Sweet Life is hosting a virtual baby shower for Amy in preparation of her bundle of joy. Life for Amy is about to become exponentially more hectic…and full of joy
The theme of Amy’s virtual baby shower is simple meals for new moms…and really busy people! New moms, working moms, bachelors, the career-driven work force…we all have our reasons for wanting a killer dinner on the table…3 minutes ago. Delicious doesn’t have take up half your evening, fill your dishwasher with one single creation, or have to come from a box.
Yes, I’m referencing Hamburger Helper here, but there’s plenty of others. I grew up on the stuff (Ma, sorry to throw you under the bus on this one). My dad, to this day, thinks that Hamburger Helper is just about the best thing known to man, ESPECIALLY since you can purchase it at the dollar store. I mean, what’s better than that, right? Oh, dear. The crazy thing is, this hamburger helper is ready in practically the same amount of time as the boxed stuff.
This one-pot meal is ready in 20 minutes or less which includes the time to brown the meat and cook the pasta. How about it? Super moms do exist, and dinner doesn’t have to be processed and from a box to be quick. Made with lean ground beef, limited amounts of salt, fat-free milk, reduced fat cheese, and whole wheat pasta, this rendition offers up quite the nutritional profile, worthy of an approving head nod. Believe it!
Amy, I wish you and your family all of the best! If this meal traveled well, it would be showing up on your doorstep. I hope the recipe will come in handy, however! Congratulations!
Homemade Hamburger Helper ever so slightly adapted from Farmgirl Gourmet
1 lb 93% lean ground beef cooking spray 2 1/2 cups fat-free milk 1 1/2 cups hot water 2 cups (8.4 oz) dry whole wheat elbow macaroni 1 Tbsp cornstarch 1 Tbsp chili powder 2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp sugar 3/4 tsp salt 3/4 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper pinch crushed red pepper flakes 1 1/2 cups 2% cheddar cheese, shredded
Heat a large skillet sprayed with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the ground beef. With a wooden spoon, break up the meat, browning until cooked through and no longer pink, about 5-6 minutes.
Add the pasta, milk, water, cornstarch, and spices; stir to combine. Bring to a boil and turn the heat down to low and simmer. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente. Add the cheese and stir to combine. Serve immediately.
Yield: 5 servings (~1 1/4 cup each)
Nutrition Information (per serving): 454 calories; 14.6 g. fat; 79 mg. cholesterol; 733 mg. sodium; 41 g. carbohydrate; 4.0 g. fiber; 40.2 g. protein
Result: Wow. I was shocked at how easy this meal was to make, in addition to how quickly it came together. This is good old comfort food that is guaranteed to please your kiddos and adults alike. A boxed meal can’t hold a candle to this. Homemade CAN be simple. Enjoy!
This weekend is incredibly overdue. Next week is going to be a doozie, so I am going to make the most of this weekend — a combination of R&R and great workouts!