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Master Mix: Hamburger Helper Kits Part 2

Four More Hamburger Helper Recipes

I've had quite a bit of positive feedback on my Make Your Own Hamburger Helper kits and some requests for more recipes.  Here are a four more to try out. If you study the recipes you'll see that the premise is the same: A pasta or rice, a meat, a sauce packet, some times a can of vegetables.  Once you get the hang of it, you can go "off script" so to speak and start making your own to suit your taste! I love that you can control the ingredients (whole wheat pasta, no msg, etc) as well as the cost. Yet you get the benefits of a quick and speedy dinner on those busy nights!

The four recipes I have for you today are not only at the bottom of the post, but can also be printed off by clicking here.

Chili Mac
Lasagna
Potato Stroganoff
Cheese Jambalaya

The basic premise for all of them is to create the pantry kits by assembling the dry ingredients together. In a ziplock gallon size bag, add in the pasta or rice, the canned items and mix up the sauce packets in a sandwich bag, and put the sauce packets in the bag as well.  Staple the recipe to the outside  of the bag and store until ready to use.

The first tutorial I showed how to make up the Pantry Kits. This time I'll show you how I cooked one up for dinner.  I made the Cheese Jambalaya  with Kielbasa as my fresh ingredient.

Since I made mine with Kielbasa I sliced it into bite sized pieces. If you are using sausage, cook your sausage and drain grease from skillet before proceeding:

In large skillet add water and seasoning packet. Stir to blend.  Add in all remaining ingredients, stir over medium heat to boiling.









Reduce heat, cover skillet and simmer 20 minutes or until rice is tender.









Uncover skillet and turn off the heat. Add cheese and stir to blend.


















Let jambalaya sit for at least 5 minutes before serving.  Sauce will thicken up as it sits.












Chili Mac Helper:
Pantry Kit: (staple a copy of this recipe to outside of gallon bag)
In gallon sized bag place:
1 ½ cups elbow macaroni
1 can diced tomatoes
Optional: 1 6 oz. can tomatoe paste (if you like your chili mac abit more tomato saucy)
Sauce Packet: (mix the below list in a sandwich sized bag. Seal  & store in the gallon bag w/other ingredients)
⅔ cup powdered milk
1 Tablspoon Corn starch
1 Tablspoon Chili Powder (adjust to your preference of hotness)
1 teaspoon each: Onion Powder, garlic, salt and sugar
Fresh Ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef or turkey
3 cups hot hater
½ -1 cup shredded cheddar or jack cheese.
To Cook Chili Mac:
Brown ground meat and drain grease.  Add hot water, macaroni, drained tomatoes, tomato paste  and sauce packet.  Bring to a boil.  Cover and simmer on low heat about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender.  In the last few minutes of cook time add the cheese, turn off heat and let mixture stand uncovered about 5 minutes.  Sauce will thicken as it stands.
Lasagna Helper:
Pantry Kit: (Store the following in a gallon sized ziplock bag and attach this recipe to the outside of bag)
1 ½ cups egg noodles
1 can stewed or diced tomatoes
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
Sauce Packet: (mix the following in a sandwich baggie, seal and store in the gallon bag w/other ingredients) 
⅔ cup powdered milk
1 Tablspoon each: Corn Starch,  Italian Seasoning
1 teaspoon each: onion powder, garlic, salt sugar
Fresh Ingredients:
1 1lb. ground beef or turkey
3 cups hot water
½-1 cup shredded cheese: jack or mozzarella
To Cook Lasagna Helper:
Brown ground meat and drain grease. Add hot water, noodles, tomatoes,tomato paste  and sauce packet.  Stir and bring to a boil.  Cover and simmer on low heat about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally until pasta is tender.  In the last few minutes of cook time, add the cheese, turn off the  heat and let mixture stand uncovered about 5 minutes.  Sauce will thicken as it stands.
Potato Stroganoff:

Pantry Kit: (Store the following items in a gallon sized zip lock bag and attach this recipe to the outside)1 can diced or sliced potatoes, Optional : one small can sliced mushrooms,
Sauce Packet: (mix the following in a sandwich sized bag. Seal and place in gallon bag along w/ other ingredients)
⅔ cup powdered milk
1 Tablspoon: Corn starch
2 teaspoons: Garlic powder
1 teaspoon: onion powder, parsley, salt, sugar
½ teaspoon pepper
Fresh Ingredients:1 lb. ground beef or turkey
3 cups hot water
½ cup sour cream  (optional)
To Make Potato Stroganoff:  Brown meat and drain grease.  Add in potatoes,  hot water,  mushrooms and sauce packet.  Stir and bring to a boil.  Cover and simmer on low heat about 12 minutes  stirring occasionally until potatoes or tender.  Turn off the heat. Stir in the sour cream (optional). Let stroganoff sit uncovered 5 minutes. sauce will thicken as it sits.
Cheese Jambalaya:
Pantry Kit: (Store the following items in a gallon sized zip lock bag and attach this recipe to the outside)
1 cup  instant rice
1 can diced or stewed tomatoes ( I used rotel tomatos for abit for “kick”)
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
Sauce Packet: (mix and store in a sandwich sized bag. Seal &  place in the gallon bag with other ingredients)
⅔ cup powdered milk
1 Tablespoon: cornstarch
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon: basil, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and sugar
Fresh Ingredients:
1 lb. meat: Choose from sliced kielbasa/sausage, or ground beef or sausage or even cubed chicken
3 cups hot water
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
To make Jambalaya:

Brown meat, (or if using kielbasa slice kielbasa and place in the skillet) drain grease, add in the rice, tomatoes,tomato paste  water, and sauce packet.  Bring to a boil.  cover and simmer on low approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until rice is tender.  Uncover and turn off the heat.  Stir in the cheese. Let Jambalaya sit for about 5 minutes.  The sauce will thicken as it sits.





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20 comments:

  1. That is a very good idea im sending this to my daughter...I'd love for you to share this @CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet party starts friday @6 ct-Sunday midnight….have a wonderful evening!

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    1. Thanks! I'd love to share it! thanks for the invite!

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  2. We fixed one (from your last post at the Barn Hop) tonight for dinner! It's been years since we had hamburger helper...I refuse to buy it...but like the make your own option! We substitued with ground deer...thumbs up all around...even from my picky eater! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much for coming back and letting me know how it went! I only have a little experience with deer meat, so you encourage me!

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  3. new follower of your blog
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  4. I love jambalaya. I must try these recipes! :) Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I just tried you Jambalaya tonight - turned out great! Thanks so much for the recipe - I look forward to trying others.

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    1. I am so glad you liked it! It's one of my favorites. I hope you like the others! Thanks so much for the feed back!

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  6. Oh my goodness!! I am so thankful that I found this post. My large family loves hamburger helper. This will save money, as well as being much healthier for us. Not to mention how easy this will be to pull out of the pantry to bless someone else with (along with the meat). Love, love, love this. God bless you!!

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    1. Dawn, I am so glad you took the time to write me! Your comment made my day! Have fun playing around with the idea/ingredients to suit your family!

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  7. Love your ideas! One suggestion though, if you want a more authentic type of jambalaya, use andouille sausage if you can get it. In fact, I'll even go a step further and suggest Conecuh sausage if you're lucky enough to find that instead. There is no other sausage in the world quite like Conecuh.

    Just FYI: we don't use cheese in Jambalaya though, nor milk.

    Hopefully you don't mind my suggesting that. It's just that I live in Cajun land and Jambalaya is my specialty. :)

    Yours sounds absolutely delicious though! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas.

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    1. I don't mind the suggestions at all! Since most of us don't know any better! Now if you could teach me authentic red beans & rice! (I only know the box kind!) Stop by any time with tips, we love them here!
      Jan

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  8. Where is the 'pin' button?

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    1. You can hover over any picture and the pin button pops up for you. Also there is a pin button in the right side bar. I had one on every post but a virus hit my blog and I've had to reconstruct everything. I am slowly getting all the computer coding redone. Thanks for asking.
      Jan

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  9. So glad I found your page! My family has always loved Hamburger Helper dinners. Now I can make them myself with your recipes. We especially loved Hamburger Helper Rice Oriental which was discontinued a number of years ago. If you could come up with a recipe for it that would be great!

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    1. I've been trying to come up with a few more as i have time. I'll put that one on the list to play around with! Hope the family enjoys the homemade ones!
      Jan

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  10. Just found these from a post on Facebook. Then I saw this post was from 2012! Have you come out with anymore?

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    1. I have had quite a few people ask me that question! My home has emptied out down to just my hubby and me, and I have just not taken the time to play around with new recipes as much. I do need to do this though as some people have even put in a few requests for certain flavors! I'll put this on my to do list soon! Thanks for asking!

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    2. These are very good! I have recently been injured and my husband has had to cook. We both have high blood pressure and cannot have regular hamburger helper, which we both like and is easy to make. Thank you for coming up with these. Whether or not you come up with mors, you have made a difference in our life! Thank you!

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