(Update 2017) I’ve gone back and forth for a year now about whether I should keep the Hamburger Helper posts and the like on the site. On the one hand, they are the most popular posts on the blog. Every day, more and more people check these posts out. On the other hand, they are so unhealthy even with the good stuff added. And this blog is supposed to be about eating healthy on a budget. What to-do, what to-do?
Well, I decided to leave them. For now. My figuring is that if people are adding the good stuff then they are benefiting somewhat on the health side. And those people may need to cut corners more than others. So the hamburger helper ones are staying. At least until I can figure out how else to get that information to people.
On March 8, 2009, I made a post here called Hamburger Helper Add-Ins. Ever since, the post has been one of the most popular each month. I decided to add some more ideas to the mix in a new post, but be sure to read through the comments of the original post because plenty of readers have given ideas for add-ins as well.
Meats are the main add-in, at anywhere from 3/4 to 1 pound. There are a variety of meats that can be used in a hamburger, not just ground beef. You could also switch up other helpers using these ideas.
- ground beef & ground sausage
- moose meat
- deer meat
Vegetables add a boost of nutrition to an otherwise not considerably healthy meal. Add 1/2 to 1 cup of vegetables per pan. You may need a bit larger pan.
- carrots, peas, & celery
- green beans & broccoli
- white potato & sweet potato
- sweet potato, squash & peas
- celery & carrots
- diced tomato & fresh spinach
You might also decide to add extra flavor to your helper meal. Try one or more of these seasonings.
- sea salt
- black pepper
Do you have one or more favorite add-in combinations? Let us know in the comments.