20 January 2010

Don't look now - it's The Ingredients!

I'm making an effort to go out to eat no more than once each week and when I do, I try to avoid the typical fast food joints and instead go with locally owned restaurants. But when it comes to eating at home, it's hard to make homemade meals regularly and I end up having frozen dinners or some sort of prepared dinner concoction.

Tonight's main course: Classic Double Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper. And for the vegetable: a handful of peas, the kind that have been frozen and then boiled in the microwave.

Double Cheeseburger Macaroni

Hamburger Helper Ingredients:
Enriched Macaroni (Durum Semolina, Durum Flour, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate [Iron], Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Corn Starch, Maltodextrin, Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Salt, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Mono and Diglycerides, Modified Corn Starch, Corn Syrup (Dried), Ricotta Cheese (Whey, Milkfat, Lactic Acid, Salt), Nonfat Milk, Monosodium Glutamate, (Dried) Cheddar Cheese (Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Color (Yellows 5&6, Yellow Lake 5 and Red Lake 40), Soy Flour, Egg.

And according to this web site, this particular flavor is ranked 192 out of 197 on nutrition performance, so this might be something I need to avoid eat less of in the future.

I eat meat about three times each week. I eat a lot more vegetables than meat products, but it's difficult. I'll go back to regular salad consumption during the summer, but for now, I'm bored with eating my same-old fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. I need suggestions. I've made several homemade soups to freeze in serving-size batches, but it's either that or the other side attraction of frozen-then boiled peas/carrots/broccoli. No wonder I feel like vegetable-consumption is a self-forced issue. What vegetable recipes end up in regular rotation at your house?

Listening to: J.U.F. - Bassar (Spanish Car Service Special)


  1. Someone needs to invent a new food. Something amazing. Something that includes items never eaten before.

  2. Oh man. I lurves Hamburger Helper. My fave is the lasagna stuff, but I do love the chee-boigah too.

  3. I suggest eating more fruit. Especially pears. I love pears.

  4. Dear, There is a world of tasty healthy and quick dishes out there. But Hamburger Helper. Make your own with pasta, spices, and what not. A lot cheaper and healthier. And without the stupid chemicals.

  5. I haven't had hamburger helper in a while. You have now made me want to consume some! The only vegetables I eat, with my lifestyle, is if I throw in a pot pie. Although, a green bean casserole, done right is pretty good. Had some of this at Christmas.

  6. Sorry. It's a struggle around here to get my kids to eat a vegetable.

  7. I like roasted brussel sprouts and/or fresh green beans. I also like broccoli pureed with parmesan and butter. Yum.

  8. Vegetables? What are those?

  9. Love your blog!

    Great recipe for homemade hambuger helper:
    2 cups macaroni noodles
    1 1/2 cup water
    ground beef
    1 can tomato soup
    1 can cheddar cheese soup
    salt & pepper

    Brown the beef. When that's done, add everything else & bring to a boil. Once it boils lower heat to medium, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes then eat.

    It's super easy and good, plus no nasty ingredients.

  10. I made my own hamburger helper the other night by accident and it was DELICIOUS! I wish I could tell you how I did it cause you'd love it. I'll try it again and write it down as I go. I surprised myself how close it tasted like the box stuff but, like, 1000x's better. And all natural ingredients.

  11. My bf and I love this broccoli:

    It calls for 4-5 lbs of broccoli, so we cut it down a bit as it's just the two of us.

    omg it's nommy.

    Also I agree about making HH yourself instead of from a box. Or at least giving it the old college try.

  12. That being said, I do enjoy the occasional boxed food... it's a guilty pleasure of mine.



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