One of America’s Favorites – Hamburger Helper

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Cheeseburger Macaroni Hamburger Helper

Hamburger Helper is a packaged food product from General Mills and is sold as a part of the Betty Crocker brand. It consists of boxed pasta bundled with packets of powdered sauce and seasonings.

The contents of each box are combined with browned ground beef, water, and occasionally milk to create a complete dish. There are also variations using other meats, such as tuna and chicken, named “Tuna Helper” and “Chicken Helper”. The product line also features products with other starches, such as rice or potatoes.

 

 

 

 

 

The pasta brand “Hamburger Helper” was first introduced in 1971. In 2005, Food Network rated Hamburger Helper third on its list of “Top Five Fad Foods of 1970”.

Prepared beef Hamburger Helper

In 2013, the company shortened the brand’s name to “Helper”.

The Hamburger Helper mascot is the “Helping Hand” or “Lefty”: a four-fingered, left-hand white glove, with a face on it and red spherical nose. It often appears in the product’s television commercials and on their packaged products.

The basic and most popular version of Hamburger Helper is a box of dried pasta with seasoning, to be cooked with ground beef. Hamburger Helper offers a variety of flavors that include Lasagne, Cheeseburger Macaroni, Bacon Cheeseburger, Philly Cheesesteak, and others. There are also variations using other foods, such as tuna and chicken, named “Tuna Helper” and “Chicken Helper”.

 

* Tuna Helper was the second variety to appear on the market, in 1972.

Tuna Helper Creamy Pasta

* Fruit Helper was introduced in 1973. These were dessert products made with canned or fresh fruit. The Fruit Helper line has since been discontinued.

* Chicken Helper was first introduced in 1984 in response to the wide availability of inexpensive boneless and skinless chicken breasts.

* Asian Helper is a selection of four main Asian-American-style dishes, three made with chicken and one with beef.

* Whole Grain Helper options include Lemon & Herb Chicken, Honey Mustard Chicken, Cheeseburger Mac, and beef Stroganoff flavors made with whole-wheat pasta.

* Pork Helper was introduced in 2003. Varieties included pork fried rice and pork chops with stuffing. The product was discontinued shortly after its introduction.

* Hamburger Helper Microwave Singles were introduced in 2006. This product requires water and brief cooking in the microwave to produce a single serving portion of some of the most popular flavors. Chicken Helper flavors were added in 2007 despite the brand being discontinued shortly thereafter. It returned in 2013 as Chicken and Chili Helper.

 

Leftovers: Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken w/ Cheesy Rotini Pasta

November 6, 2013 at 6:24 PM | Posted in chicken, leftovers, pasta | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Leftovers: Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken w/ Cheesy Rotini Pasta

 

 

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A rainy day out today with cooler weather not far behind the rain. Ran a friend of mine to the Dayton Airport, he’s heading to Florida for the Winter. I’ll be picking him back up sometime in April. I have a few leftovers frozen so I’m going to using them up in the upcoming days. Tonight for dinner it’s leftovers, Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken w/ Cheesy Rotini Pasta and a slice of Klosterman Wheat Bread.

 

 
I tried the Betty Crocker Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken – Chicken Helper the other night and it instatly became one of my favorites! The Rotini and Cheese Sauce are excellent and the Seasoned Crumb Coating with Natural Bacon Flavor for the Chicken is one of the better Crumb Coatings I’ve had for Chicken. I just put everything in a microwavable plate and heated it up for about 1 minute. I also had a slice of Klosterman Wheat Bread and an Ice-Cold Diet Dr. Pepper to drink. For dessert/snack later a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Jolly Time Pop Corn.

 

 
If you were to prepare this from the start as all the other ones, Hamburger/Chicken Helper, this one is very easy to make. Just follow the instructions on the box. To prepare it fist go ahead and make the Pasta, by direction. Then prepare your Chicken and you have one fine meal! The Chicken Helper box contains Rotini Pasta with Naturally Flavored Cheesy Sauce Mix & Seasoned Crumb Coating with Natural Bacon Flavor. I added the Chicken, Water, 2% Milk, Canola Oil, Sea Salt and Pepper. It all comes together for one easily made and delicious dinner.

 

 

 

 

 
Betty Crocker Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken – Chicken HelperChicken Helper
* Rotini pasta with naturally flavored cheesy sauce mix and seasoned crumb coating with natural bacon flavor
* Add chicken
* Pasta side dish included
Directions
For Pasta:
You Will Need: 1-1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup milk, 2 tbsp butter. For Chicken You Will Need: 1 lb uncooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1 tbsp milk, 2 tbsp butter, 2 tbsp vegetable oil. Success Tips: Start with completely thawed chicken. Adjust heat setting, cook times and amount of oil as needed. Pasta: 1 – Stir water, 1/2 cup milk, butter, sauce mix and pasta in 2-quart nonstick sauce pan. Heat just to boiling, stirring frequently. Reduce heat. Simmer uncovered about 17 minutes, stirring frequently, until pasta is tender. Meanwhile, continue with step 2.
Chicken:
2 – Cut each chicken breast into 3 to 5 slices, holding knife at an angle. (Slices should be about 1/2 inch thick). 3 – Coat, Place chicken in medium bowl. Add 1 tbsp milk to moisten. Add seasoned crumbs to coat chicken. 4 – Brown, Heat butter and oil in 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until butter is melted. Carefully add chicken to hot butter and oil; cook 4 to 6 minutes or until golden brown. Reduce heat to medium-low. Turn chicken; cook 4 to 6 minutes longer or until golden brown and centers are no longer pink (165 degrees F). Serve with potatoes. Refrigerate leftovers. Add Your Own Twist: Stir 1/2 cup cooked broccoli or shredded cheddar cheese into the finished pasta. If you want a bit of crunch, top with 1/3 cup crushed garlic croutons!

 
nutrition information
1 cup prepared
Serving Size:
Serving Per Container:
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 390 Calories from Fat: 170 % Daily Value* Total Fat 19g 29% Saturated Fat 8g 40% Cholesterol 85mg 28% Sodium 690mg 29% Total Carbohydrate 30g 10% Dietary Fiber 7%

Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken w/ Cheesy Rotini Pasta

November 4, 2013 at 6:19 PM | Posted in chicken, pasta | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken w/ Cheesy Rotini Pasta

 

 

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I went with my Mom to pick up some late season Green Beans that had gotten in at Jungle Jim’s Market. From there an errand or two and home. getting dark early since the time went back, about 5:30 now. Miss the long day light hours of Summer! For dinner tonight another new one, Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken w/ Cheesy Rotini Pasta.

 

 
I tried another of the new Hamburger Helpers, Betty Crocker Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken – Chicken Helper. I’ve tried a few of them now but I think I’ve found my favorite so far. This really turned out delicious! The Rotini and Cheese Sauce is excellent and the Seasoned Crumb Coating with Natural Bacon Flavor for the Chicken is one of the better Crumb Coatings I’ve had for Chicken. As all the other ones this one is very easy to make, just follow the instructions on the box. To prepare it fist go ahead and make the Pasta, by direction. Then prepare your Chicken and you have one fine meal! The Chicken Helper box contains Rotini Pasta with Naturally Flavored Cheesy Sauce Mix & Seasoned Crumb Coating with Natural Bacon Flavor. I added the Chicken, Water, 2% Milk, Canola Oil, Sea Salt and Pepper. It all comes together for one easily made and delicious dinner. I also had a couple of slices of Klosterman Wheat Bread and an ice-cold Diet Dr. Pepper. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

Chicken Helper

Betty Crocker Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken –  Chicken Helper
* Rotini pasta with naturally flavored cheesy sauce mix and seasoned crumb coating with natural bacon flavor
* Add chicken
* Pasta side dish included

 
Directions
For Pasta:
You Will Need: 1-1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup milk, 2 tbsp butter. For Chicken You Will Need: 1 lb uncooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1 tbsp milk, 2 tbsp butter, 2 tbsp vegetable oil. Success Tips: Start with completely thawed chicken. Adjust heat setting, cook times and amount of oil as needed. Pasta: 1 – Stir water, 1/2 cup milk, butter, sauce mix and pasta in 2-quart nonstick sauce pan. Heat just to boiling, stirring frequently. Reduce heat. Simmer uncovered about 17 minutes, stirring frequently, until pasta is tender. Meanwhile, continue with step 2.

 
Chicken:
2 – Cut each chicken breast into 3 to 5 slices, holding knife at an angle. (Slices should be about 1/2 inch thick). 3 – Coat, Place chicken in medium bowl. Add 1 tbsp milk to moisten. Add seasoned crumbs to coat chicken. 4 – Brown, Heat butter and oil in 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until butter is melted. Carefully add chicken to hot butter and oil; cook 4 to 6 minutes or until golden brown. Reduce heat to medium-low. Turn chicken; cook 4 to 6 minutes longer or until golden brown and centers are no longer pink (165 degrees F). Serve with potatoes. Refrigerate leftovers. Add Your Own Twist: Stir 1/2 cup cooked broccoli or shredded cheddar cheese into the finished pasta. If you want a bit of crunch, top with 1/3 cup crushed garlic croutons!

 

 
nutrition information
1 cup prepared
Serving Size:
Serving Per Container:
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 390 Calories from Fat: 170 % Daily Value* Total Fat 19g 29% Saturated Fat 8g 40% Cholesterol 85mg 28% Sodium 690mg 29% Total Carbohydrate 30g 10% Dietary Fiber 7%

Hamburger Helper Spaghetti w/ Baked French Bread

October 31, 2013 at 5:06 PM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products, spaghetti | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Hamburger Helper Spaghetti w/ Baked French Bread

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Happy Halloween Everyone! Well they cancelled Trick or Treat Night around most of the area for tonight. Cancelled due to a heavy thunderstorm with high winds that’s supposed to move through a large chunk of this part of the Country. Most have rescheduled Trick or Treat for tomorrow night. Tonight I prepared Hamburger Helper Spaghetti w/ Baked French Bread.

 

 
I had tried the Hamburger Helper Lasagna a while back, which was very good, so I thought I would give the Hamburger Helper Spaghetti a try. As usual I replaced the Ground Beef with Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast. What a huge difference in calories and grams of fat for 1 lb. of Ground Turkey and Ground Beef! All the nutrition sites vary somewhat but according to http://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/ web site 1 Lb of Ground Beef (95% Lean / 5% Fat) contains 621 Calories and 22.68g Total Fat! While Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast contains Calories 120 Dietary Fiber 0 g Calories From Fat 15 Sugars 0 g Total Fat 1.5 g – See more at: http://www.jennieo.com/products/3-Extra-Lean-Ground-Turkey-Breast#sthash.wCRJyEmM.dpuf. A huge difference!!

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To prepare it, the short version, start by browning the Ground Turkey and seasoning it with Sea Salt, Ground Pepper, Ground Roasted Cumin, and Parsley Flakes. Stir in hot water, uncooked spaghetti and sauce mix. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. 3. Reduce heat; cover and simmer about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until spaghetti is tender. Remove from heat and uncover. (Sauce will thicken as it stands.) It was very easy to prepare and I really enjoyed it! I liked this better than the Hamburger Lasagna. The Spaghetti was tender and the Sauce was excellent. I added just a bit of Kraft Grated Parmesan and topped with a bit of Sargento Reduced Fat Mozzarella. I also baked a loaf of Pillsbury Simply Rustic French Bread. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt.

 

 

 

Hamburger Helper Spaghetti
Hamburger Helper Spaghetti

Spaghetti skillet-meal mix of spaghetti and Italian-style sauce mix for hamburger
Directions
You will need: 1 lb lean ground beef (You can use 1 lb ground turkey instead of ground beef.), 3-1/2 cups hot water. 1. Brown ground beef in 10-inch skillet; drain. 2. Stir in hot water, uncooked spaghetti and sauce mix. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. 3. Reduce heat; cover and simmer about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until spaghetti is tender. Remove from heat and uncover. (Sauce will thicken as it stands.) High altitude: (3500 – 6500 ft): Increase hot water to 3-3/4 cups.

Microwave: 1. Crumble 1 lb lean ground beef into 2-1/2-quart microwavable casserole or bowl. Microwave uncovered on High 3 to 5 minutes, breaking up beef after 3 minutes, until brown; drain. 2. Stir in 3-3/4 cups boiling water, uncooked spaghetti and sauce mix. 3. Microwave uncovered on High 12 to 16 minutes, stirring every 6 minutes, until spaghetti is tender. (Sauce will thicken as it stands.) Dish will be hot. High altitude microwave (3500 – 6500 ft): Increase boiling water to 4 cups and last microwave time to 14-18 min.

 

Ingredients
Enriched Spaghetti (Wheat Flour, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Dried Tomato, Sugar, Corn Starch, Salt, Paprika, Dried Onion, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (Corn, Soy, Wheat), Citric Acid, Dried Garlic, Spices, Dextrose, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Beet Powder Color, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Egg, Nonfat Milk.

 

Nutrition Facts
Calories 290
Calories from fat 99
% Daily Value 1
Total Fat 11g 17%
Sat. Fat 4g 20%
Trans Fat 0.5g
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 750mg 31%
Total Carbs. 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 20g
Calcium 20mg

Hamburger Helper Lasagna w/ Green leaf Lettuce and Radish Salad

October 8, 2013 at 5:29 PM | Posted in Hamburger Helper, Jennie-O Turkey Products, pasta | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Hamburger Helper Lasagna w/ Green leaf Lettuce and Radish Salad

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The days are really getting shorter, 7:14 am sunrise and 7:09 pm sunset. Another cool day to start and a beautiful, sunny Autumn Day. I really enjoy this weather!Got out and had the car cleaned inside and out and spent the day outside. For dinner tried a new one, Hamburger Helper Lasagna. I prepared Hamburger Helper Lasagna w/ Green leaf Lettuce and Radish Salad.

 

 

I had seen the commercials about Hamburger Helper new mixes so I thought I would give one a try. I used the Hamburger Helper Lasagna but instead of Hamburger I used Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast. I just followed the instructions on the box to prepare it. The box contained the Sauce Mix and Pasta and I added 1 lb. of Jennie – O Ground Turkey Breast, 2 3/4 cups of hot Water, and 1/2 cup of 2% White Milk. I just browned the Ground Turkey, drained and removed from heat. Then stirred in the Sauce Mix and hot water until dissolved. Stir in the Milk and Pasta. Returned to heat , and heated until boiling. Reduced the heat. Cover, and simmer about 12 minutes (Stirring occasionally). When the Pasta got tender removed from the heat and served! Came out really tasty! Good flavor and seasoning. The Pasta came out tender and went well with the Ground Turkey substitute. Quite a bit leftover so I’ll have my lunch ready for the next couple of days.

 

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To go with my Lasagna I made a Green leaf Lettuce and Radish Salad. I added a bit of fresh grated Parmesan Cheese and a couple of Green Olives Stuffed with Bleu Cheese. I used Ken’s Steakhouse Light Options Sweet Vandalia Onion Dressing. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Double Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hamburger Helper LasagnaHamburger Helper Lasagna

Lasagna skillet-meal mix of pasta and Italian-style sauce mix for hamburger.
Hamburger Helper dinner mixes help bring busy families together for a hearty, wholesome meal. With Hamburger Helper, it’s simple to create a home-cooked skillet meal–just add ground beef to the specially selected pasta, rice, potatoes, or stuffing and seasoned sauce mixes to create a wide variety of flavorful dinners. Bring an Italian-style favorite to your table with the enriched pasta, tomato, oregano, and cheddar cheese of Hamburger Helper Lasagna. Each package makes five one-cup servings. Hamburger Helper can add a host of flavors to your mealtime solutions: other Italian-style favorites include Four Cheese Lasagna and Cheesy Italian Shells. After all, who couldn’t use a little help in the kitchen?

 

Ingredients
Enriched Pasta (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Dried Tomato, Sugar, Corn Starch, Salt, Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Modified Corn Starch, Dried Garlic, Dried Onion, Citric Acid, Dextrose, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Monosodium Glutamate, Basil, Dried Enzyme Modified Cheddar Cheese (Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes, Calcium Chloride), Maltodextrin, Oregano, Hydrolyzed Soy and Corn Protein, Color (Yellow Lakes 5&6, Red Lake 40 and Other Color Added), Natural and Artificial Flavor, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Paprika, Egg. Freshness Preserved By Ascorbic Acid.

 

Betty Crocker – Hamburger Helper-lasagna
Servings:  1- Cup Prepared
Calories 290 Sodium 730 mg
Total Fat 11 g Potassium 0 mg
Saturated 5 g Total Carbs 27 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g Dietary Fiber 1 g
Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars 4 g
Trans 1 g Protein 20 g
Cholesterol 55 mg

Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Nacho Supreme w/…

August 24, 2011 at 5:31 PM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, ground turkey | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Nacho Supreme w/ Tostio’s Scoops

Tried another of the Kraft/Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Dinner Kits. They have different kinds and I tried the Nacho Supreme this time. This dinner kit includes: Pasta, Velveeta Cheese Sauce, Salsa and Seasoning Pack. All I had to do was add the water and 1lb. of Ground Turkey. It’s ready in about 20 minutes. I’ll leave the instructions at the end of the post. It’s 360 calories and 31 carbs but that’s your complete meal. I had a side of Tostio’s Whole Grain Scoops. When you get the chance try the new Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinners, the Nacho Supreme is as good as the Ultimate Cheeseburger, both are delicious. Both call for using Hamburger but I substituted the Hamburger with Lean Ground Turkey for both dinner kits.

Ingredients:
* 1 LB. Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
* Cups Water
* Nacho Chips (Optional)
* 1 Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Dinner Kit/Nacho Supreme

Instructions:
* Brown 1 LB. Ground Turkey in large skillet. Drain
* Add 2 cups water, seasoning and pasta. Bring to a boil. Reduce Heat.
* Cover, Simmer and stir often until most of water is gone about 9-11 minutes. Remove from heat.
* Add Cheese from Velveeta Cheese Pouch and Salsa Pouch. Stir in Cheese Sauce and serve!
* You can add Nacho Chips as a side or crumble some chips and add them to the mixture

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