It’s VICTORY MONDAY for Packers fans!! 😉 But let’s just jump right in to what’s on the menu!
- Stroganoff Hamburger Helper with green beans
- Spaghetti and garlic cheese bread
- Pot Roast
- Cheesy chicken and rice with broccoli
- Grilled cheese and ramen
When I make hamburger helper, I don’t mess around. Sure I buy hamburger helper because I want something cheap and easy, but that doesn’t mean it has to taste like it came from a box. There are a few simple things I do to take it from mediocre to marvelous.
- Season your hamburger
- Add some vegetables
- Stir in sour cream
- Serve it with bread
Season your meat.
The instructions on the box don’t mention seasoning your hamburger while it is browning, but I have found it makes a world of difference flavor wise. Sure there are spices in the package of powder and stuff you add in later, but by seasoning the hamburger you are boosting and developing the flavors. Always season with salt and pepper. Then, pick a spice that ‘goes with’ the kind of helper you’re making. For the crunchy taco kind, add some cumin. For cheeseburger macaroni use onion powder. For stroganoff I always season with garlic powder and onion powder and extra salt and pepper.
Add some veggies.
For the stroganoff kind I always add green beans. If I’m making cheeseburger macaroni or any kind of mexican dish I add corn. The vegetable makes the meal go farther and adds texture to a dish that can often be monotonous texture wise. Oh, and yeah, veggies are good for you! I usually use canned veggies, cook them in the microwave, drain them, and stir them in right before serving.
Stir in sour cream.
First of all sour cream makes it creamier. That extra creaminess really knocks out the made from a box vibe, and gives it a homemade richness. So add a tablespoon or so once your meal is just about done, right before you add the veggies. Adding sour cream just applies to the stroganoff kind, or any other with a creamy sauce. But I’ve only done it with stroganoff.
Serve it with bread.
Elevate your hamburger helper eating experience with bread and butter. Or, if I have some extra on hand I will pop a few slices of our family favorite garlic cheese bread into the toaster oven. Sop up that creaminess with a slice of bread. You’ll be glad you did.
What do you do to fancy up your hamburger helper? I hope these tips are useful to you and your family!