Kitchen Hint of the Day!

March 31, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Give meatloaf more flavor………..

Adding tomato sauce, tomato juice or marinara to your meatloaf can only make it more flavorful. Add in a sprinkling of Italian seasonings—think basil and oregano—and you’ve got a tasty Italian meatloaf.

Cheesy Italian Shells w/ Baked Cheese Bread

July 27, 2015 at 5:06 PM | Posted in Hamburger Helper, Jennie-O Turkey Products | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Cheesy Italian Shells w/ Baked Cheese Bread


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Well it’s back to our humid and rainy pattern. Rain on and off since last night, and the humidity has returned! 90’s, humid and rain all week, but at least we had a run of 3 days of beautiful Summer days. Not much going on outside today so inside I did a load of laundry for Mom and then cleaned the house today. For dinner tonight I tried a new item, Hamburger Helper Cheesy Italian Shells. I prepared Cheesy Italian Shells w/ Baked Cheese Bread



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I purchased a box of Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper – Cheesy Italian Shells at Kroger the other day. Then while at Meijer that same day I purchased a package of Jennie – O Ground Turkey, and I have the perfect pairing! Hamburger Helper becomes Turkey Helper. The Helper box contains the Cheesy Italian Shells pasta and hearty Italian-style sauce mix. I added 1 lb. package of Jennie – O Ground Turkey, 1 1/3 cups Water, and 1 3/4 cups 2% Milk. Plus it’s a pan meal, easy clean up!


To prepare it; in a medium-sized skillet, sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray and 1 tablespoon of ExtrCheesy Italian Shells w Baked Cheese Bread 005a Virgin Olive Oil, I added the Ground Turkey and cooked until no longer pink. Then stirred in the Hot Water, Milk, Sauce Mix, and Pasta. Heated it until it started to boil and Reduced the heat. Covered it and let it simmer for 25 minutes, stirring it often. Removed it from the heat and let cool for about 3 minutes and served. A fantastic combo, Hamburger Helper Cheesy Italian Shells and Jennie – O Ground Turkey! I t all creates a Cheesy, well seasoned, Pasta and Turkey dish. I always try to substitute Ground Beef with Jennie – O Ground Turkey or Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast. By using the Ground Turkey you cut calories, carbs, and fat. Plenty leftover for lunch tomorrow.


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I also baked some Cheese Bread. Took 2 slices of Klosterman Wheat Bread and topped it with a bit of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. Then I added Sargento Shredded Reduced Fat Mozzarella and topped it all with a sprinkle of Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese. Had the oven preheated on 400 degrees, Put the 2 slices on a small cookie sheet and baked them until the Bread was toasted and the Cheese melted. An easy prepared Cheese bread, goes great with Italian Dishes and all Pasta Dishes. For dessert later a bowl of Del Monte Sliced Peaches.


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One pound. One pan. One happy family! Who couldn’t use a little help in the kitchen? Just add hamburger to this Cheesy Italian Shells pasta and hearty Italian-style sauce mix. Hamburger Helper is an easy, delicious, one-skillet solution. One of life’s simple pleasures is to relax after a busy day and enjoy a good meal with ones you love. Since it was introduced more than three decades ago, Hamburger Helper dinner mixes have been a favorite for bringing busy families to the table for a hearty, wholesome dish. Today’s Helper line includes more than 60 flavors spanning varieties such as Chicken Helper, Tuna Helper, Asian Helper, and Slow Cooker Helper.
* 6.1-ounce box)
* Makes 5 (1 cup) servings
* Add 1 lb.ground beef
* One pound. One pan. One happy family!
* For creative additions to your meal, visit us at

1. Brown Ground Beef In 10-Inch Skillet, Drain; 2. Stir In Hot Water, Milk, Sauce Mix & Uncooked Pasta, Heat to Boiling Stirring Occasionally; 3. Reduce Heat, Cover & Simmer About 25 Minutes Stirring Occasionally, Until Pasta Is Tender. Remove from Heat & Uncover (Sauce Will Thicken As It Stands).

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 33 g
Servings Per Container 5
Amount Per Serving
Calories 110
Calories From Fat 5
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0.50 g 1%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0
Sodium 770 mg 32%
Potassium 50 mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 24 g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1 g 4%
Sugars 5 g
Protein 3 g

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