Homemade Hamburger Helper (video included) #WhatsCookingWednesday


I remember loving Hamburger Helper as a child growing up. Unfortunately, it is full of preservatives that I choose not to feed my family. That being said I had to come up with an alternative because my family was missing out on having Hamburger Helper. They felt hard done by. So we came up with this family favourite recipe that I always have the ingredients on hand to make. 






Homemade Hamburger Helper - Printable Version

1 lb ground meat
1 1/2 cups hot water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon paprika
pinch crushed red pepper flakes
2 1/2 cups milk
2 cups elbow macaroni
2 cups shredded cheese


  • Brown ground meat and season it as you would usually do. I like to add peppers and onions as well as a little garlic to my meat as it is browning. 
  • Once you have drained any excess grease (if you have any) I add all the spices before adding the milk and pasta. 
  • Once the pasta has come to a boil I turn it to simmer until cooked. This usually takes 10 to 12 minutes. 
  • Before serving I stir in some shredded cheese and sometimes top with green onions. 
Note:
I have also added any leftovers from my fridge to this like sliced tomatoes, peas what ever I have in my fridge. It makes a wonderful one pot meal and can be served with a salad. 




Let's Chat! 

Is there a recipe you have had to alter for your family for dietary reasons? 

                                        


*** It's just my life... was supplied meat and cookware from www.ShopeaseFoods.com. The recipes, video and photos are my own. The opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. ***


Budget Menu Planning
Week of October 16, 2017

Trying to be more frugal with my family budget with Christmas only about 2 months away it seems to be the time of year we feel the crunch even more. I have been buying Christmas Gifts every few weeks since August to space out the impact on my budget but if I can save more on food that is always a bonus. 




~Monday ~
Chicken
Rice
Veggies

~ Tuesday ~
Chicken Alfredo

~ Wednesday ~ 
Chinese Food
Fried Rice
Sweet & Sour Chicken

~Thursday ~
Leftovers

~ Friday ~ 
Homemade Pizza

~ Saturday ~ 
Salisbury Steak
Fried Onions
Potato Wedges

~ Sunday ~

Ham
Scalloped Potatoes
Veggies

~ Baking this week ~
 Lemon Loaf
Pumpkin Cake
   
~ Breakfast Ideas ~
Granola
Toast
Fresh Fruit
Waffles



If you are looking for more menu inspiration be sure to check out Orgjunkie, she hosts a weekly menu plan Monday link up.   


LET'S CHAT!

Do you have any tips for saving money on your food bill?


Quick & Easy Crock Pot Chili (Video Included)
#WhatsCookingWednesday



It has been one of those busy days where it doesn't seem like I even get to be home for more than an hour all day. I love Crock Pot and Instant Pot meals so that when I get home I can count on giving my family a delicious homemade meal and not take out. Saving both some money and my waist line! 

Quick & Easy Crock Pot Chili

1lb Ground Meat (browned and seasoned)
1 large can Diced Tomatoes
1 large can Kidney Beans (rinsed)
1 can Brown Beans
1 jar Pasta Sauce
1 tbsp Chili Seasoning (or to taste)

1. Brown and season ground meat to your families liking.
2. Add all the ingredients listed above to the Crock Pot and set to low since it will be on all day. If you are just doing it at lunch time then set your Crock Pot to high so your Chili will be ready to serve by dinner time.
ENJOY!




Happy Cooking!
                                           


*** It's just my life... was supplied meat and cookware from www.ShopeaseFoods.com. The recipes, video and photos are my own. The opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. ***





Budget Menu Planning
Week of October 9, 2017

Cleaning up the leftovers from Thanksgiving is the inspiration for my menu plan this week. I love Thanksgiving but I do dislike leftovers going to waste so I am making my menu plan around using everything up. 




~Monday ~
Spaghetti
Salad
Garlic Bread

~ Tuesday ~
Hot Turkey Sandwich
Peas
Potato Wedges

~ Wednesday ~ 
Shepherd's Pie
Salad

~Thursday ~
Turkey Stew 
in a Bread Bowl

~ Friday ~ 
Homemade Pizza
Carrot & Celery Sticks

~ Saturday ~ 
Grilled Chicken 
Grilled Vegetables

~ Sunday ~

Salisbury Steak
Mashed Potatoes
Broccoli

~ Baking this week ~
 Pumpkin Spice Muffins
   
~ Breakfast Ideas ~
Granola
Toast
Fresh Fruit
Waffles



If you are looking for more menu inspiration be sure to check out Orgjunkie, she hosts a weekly menu plan Monday link up.   


LET'S CHAT!

How do you use up your Thanksgiving leftovers?