The one exception? I'd buy ground beef and use it to make Hamburger Helper. My favorites were the regular Cheeseburger Macaroni and Crunchy Taco. Of course, when I started paying more attention to the foods I was eating, Hamburger Helper hit the chopping block. But I missed the ease and comfort-food-ness of the cheesy dish. So I jumped on this recipe over at Iowa Girl Eats and modified it a bit to be vegetarian.
Homemade Vegetarian Hamburger Helper
• 1 pound ground beef, soy crumbles, or chopped vegetables (or a combo)
• 1 tablespoon cornstarch
• 1 teaspoon onion powder
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon dry mustard
• 1 - 2 teaspoons pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1 cup hot water
• 2 cups milk
• 2 cups pasta
• 1 - 2 cups shredded cheese (I used cheddar)
If you're using ground beef or soy crumbles, brown or heat throughly in a skillet and drain. Return to pan. Add cornstarch, spices, water, milk, pasta and vegetables (if using). Stir to combine. Bring to a boil and turn the heat to low. Simmer for 10 - 12 minutes (or follow your pasta's suggested cooking time). Turn off heat, and slowly add cheese. Stir until melted. Serve and enjoy!
This was our first experience with soy crumbles (aka fake ground beef). The crumbles were pretty good. It had the texture of ground beef, but not quite the right taste. However, considering it has some questionable ingredients and goes for $5 a pound, I'd rather use veggies in the future. So I made this recipe again with an Asian vegetable medley right from the frozen food aisle:
Delicious! I hope you'll try it!
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