Tag: hamburger helper

Men can Cook2! Hamburger Helper

Round 2, this time, I came home hoping for my wife to have something ready for our two girls and myself.  Nothing was there for us. Wife sent me a text saying she was coming home late.  Oh great, another left over dinner.

I Iooked in the refrigerator and saw nothing.  Only cheese, salami, carrots, half used pasta sauce.  I found a can of corn, diced tomatoes, and a HAMBURGER HELPER.  I thought for a few second and decided to use the said ingredients to put something together.  To recap, the ingredients were:

  • Shredded cheese
  • Slices of salami
  • Carrots
  • Half used pasta sauce
  • Canned corn
  • CannedDiced tomatoes
  1. Boil the pasta from the hamburger helper until tender and drain the water
  2. Boil diced carrots for 10 minutes and drain the water
  3. Pour canned diced tomatoes into a pan and turn on the heat
  4. Add the canned corns, the remainder of the pasta sauce, and a bay leaf. 

  5. Set aside an au gratin dish and put salami, boiled hamburger helper pasta, cheese, carrots, and the PASTA SAUCE just created.
  6. Top it offer with a little more cheese and broil for 10 minutes.  And its Done



Happy Box Tops Clipping!

Men can Cook! Hamburger Helper


I finally got some time to start cooking using Hamburger Helper.  This is for my kids’ dinner and my lunch.  I chose the Cheeseburger Macaroni, yumm~.  Instead of using only the ground beef on the back of the box, I 1. Ingredient.jpgdecided to put a twist on the age-old recipe.  All you need are few vegetables to transform your meal into a healthier alternative.


  • 2 boxes of hamburger helper (cheeseburger macaroni)
  • 1 lb of ground beef (85% lean/ 15% fat)
  • 0.5 lb of carrots (diced)
  • 1 medium size onion (diced)
  • 1 can (8 oz) of diced tomato
  • 1 tablespoon Fennel seed
  • 2 cups of water
  • 4 cups of 2% milk
  • vegetable oil

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1. Place a 4.5QT saucepan (or larger) on the stove and turn the heat to High.

2. Film the pan with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to prevent the ground beef from sticking.

3. Add the fennel seed to the pan and saute for 10-20 seconds. (Be sure not to overcook the seeds).

4. Add the ground beef and saute until cooked and remove from the pan (the ground beef can be removed from the pan even if there are few patches of pink).  Cook the meat first and then vegetables next so that the vegetables will soak up the fat from the beef for extra flavor.  Feel free to remove some fat if there is too much.

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5.  Add the onions and cook over high heat until the onions are soft.

6. Add the carrots and cook until they are just tender, not soft.  (I usually prep the carrots first by putting them in a salted boiling water and cook for 5 minutes, and strain the hot water.  This process usually speeds up the cooking process).

7.  Add the cooked ground beef that was set aside at step 4.

8. Add the diced tomato and stir until the ingredients are fully mixed.

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9. Add 2 cups of water.  The package on the hamburger helper will indicate 1.5 cups for each box, with a total of 3 cups when using 2 boxes.  But just add 2 cups of water.  The juice from the diced tomatoes will subsidize for the extra cup of water.

10.  Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat and add in the sauce mix and stir until fully dissolved.  Make sure the sauce mix is fully dissolved.  The last thing you want is a mouth full of cheeseburger flavored sauce mix.

11. Add 4 cups of water, and the pasta  Bring the mixture to boil.

12. Reduce heat and cover; simmer for 12 minutes.  Stir occasionally because the macaroni will stick to the pan.  Trust me, that happened to me.  Make sure to stir occasionally until pasta is tender, NOT SOFT.

13. Remove from heat and serve.

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14. Bon appetite

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15. Happy Box Tops Clipping.


Triple Dip Your eBox Tops

Now that you already know how to double dip on eBox Tops. (Refer to my previous post), now its time to triple dip your eBox Tops at Walmart.  This will take you to your nearest Walmart store.  I purchased the following items:

  • 20 Annie’s Mac and Cheese
  • 5 Hamburger Helper.

The reason why I bought the Hamburger Helper was because they ran out of Annies’ Mac and Cheese.  I also didn’t want to purchase lysol because they were pretty expensive.


Let’s take a look at the offers:


“Earn 2 on Hamburger Helper when you purchase any one box starting 8/10/17.  Limit 5 while supplies last. Scan by 9/30/17.”


“Earn 20 on Annie’s when you purchase any 5 Annie’s products starting 7/10/17.  Limit 5, while supplies last.  Scan by 9/30/17.”


“Earn 50 on Box Tops Products at Walmart when you purchase any 5 products at Walmart starting 8/1/17.

To be sure, you may need to do 5 separate transactions purchasing 5 Box Tops Products in order to obtain the offers from Walmart 5 times.

Let’s do the math
(20 products /5 per offer) = 4 (# of time offer is used ) x 20 (bonus offer) = 80 or $8.00

Hamburger Helper
(5 products /1 per offer) = 5 (# of time offer is used ) x 2 (bonus offer) = 10 or $1.00

Walmart Offer
(25 products /5 per offer)= 5 (# of time offer is used) x 50 (bonus  offer) = 250 or $25.00

That’s $34.00 eBox Tops earning towards your school of choice in total.

Out of Pocket Cost: $41.90
($34.00/$41.90) x 100% = 81%

That’s 81% of your purchased price that goes to your school!  That’s excellent!!!

Open your Box Tops Bonus app and select the items you purchased and the number of offers you’d like to count.  Take a picture of your receipt and submit.  It’s that easy and you just earned $34 towards your school.



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