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Old 10-11-2007, 10:00 PM
 
Location: in drifts of snow wherever you go
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Someone posted on the Business/Finance forum that one way they save money is buying Hamburger Helper on sale for 35 cents a box. I was trying to be frugal and bought some today. First time I've ever made it. You cook some ground beef (or turkey), add milk, water, noodles, and powder stuff. Simmer for 13 minutes. Then you mix another package of powder stuff with milk to create these cheese-like topping, which you goop on top of the meat mixture. Okay, so I had it for breakfast. Then I had it for lunch. Fell asleep. When I woke up, I had some more. And then for dinner, I got hungry again and nuked another plate full. Chased it down with a glass of milk.

Is this stuff addictive, or what? I can't make this stuff again.

Greenie
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Old 10-12-2007, 12:11 AM
 
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I used to eat it when i was younger than gave it up for over 20 years. For novelty, I tried it again a few years ago (the cheeseburger flavor) and found it to be very, very salty. I'm over it.
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Old 10-12-2007, 05:54 AM
 
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I used to eat it when i was younger than gave it up for over 20 years. For novelty, I tried it again a few years ago (the cheeseburger flavor) and found it to be very, very salty. I'm over it.
I like salty foods. Yum.
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Old 10-12-2007, 05:56 AM
 
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Honestly you'd be better off eating the plain meat and cooking yourself up some noodles on the side. HH has a frightening amount of sodium, contains corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, bleached flour, chemical preservatives...not exactly enhancing your meal.
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Old 10-12-2007, 05:59 AM
 
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Mels,

You've convinced me. I'm not making it again. Should I finish what's left or throw it away before I do permanent damage?

Greenie
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Old 10-12-2007, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Ct Shoreline
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Is it amazingly good - you bet...espcially on a cool night. The kids love it. There is something so cozy about eating it. Is it good for you - ABSOLUTELY not!!! I might make it twice in the fall and winter, and it is considered a huge treat at my house. Yummy, but toxic.
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Old 10-12-2007, 07:07 AM
 
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You've got the right idea, dougnaie. There are plenty of dishes out there that are not good for you and I don't completely ban them from my life. I just use the junky stuff as a rare treat.

You don't have to throw it away GreenMachine, I am sure your body will recover. Just don't make HH a weekly habit!
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Old 10-12-2007, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry NC/Randolph NJ/Cape Coral FL
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UGH!! That stuff is so nasty..my husband also likes ground beef mixed in with Rice a Roni...BLECH..disgusting

I call it depression Era food....Told hubby it would be one thing if this was all we could afford but as that is not the case I won't eat it..it's just so nasty
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Old 10-12-2007, 09:18 AM
 
Location: South Bay Native
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UGH!! That stuff is so nasty..my husband also likes ground beef mixed in with Rice a Roni...BLECH..disgusting

I call it depression Era food....Told hubby it would be one thing if this was all we could afford but as that is not the case I won't eat it..it's just so nasty
Depression era food - that's a good one, I haven't used that yet. I always associated it with the cookbook pictured here. Not knocking the OP by the way, my mom served us HH a few times when she had a coupon for it. I too am in the low sodium camp, so it isn't an option for me anymore. I liked the Tuna Helper better anyways
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Old 10-12-2007, 10:27 AM
 
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Well, I haven't had that stuff since I was a kid. I remember liking it.

What I liked even more was ground beef/turkey browned then thrown in with Kraft Macaroni & Cheese with 1 T of chilie powder. Much more gourmet! No really, it was quite delicious, especially if you don't have a lot of money.
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