I was looking for a quick and yummy meal, so I decided to try out a little hamburger helper. I’d never used it before, but I figured it’d work. However, I was very disappointed…sort of. What I ended up with tasted good, so yay for that. But the helper itself was problematic.
Biggest complaint—what’s up with the rice? There was only 1 (uncooked) cup of white rice which was supposed to go with 1 lb of ground beef. We got a little over 1 lb and bought 2 hamburger helpers (since this was one of those bigger dishes that’s going to last us longer, but still). That’s a ridiculous combination.
So as soon as I saw how little rice it included, I started cooking up some brown rice, another 2 cups worth. I let that cook about 20 minutes (brown rice cooks more slowly than white) so that I could add it to the recipe when I added the uncooked white rice.
When you look at what we actually bought, it was just some sauce mix and 2 cups white rice. It was a good sauce mix, but I’m not sure it was worth it.
We also bought a bunch of veggies (bell peppers, broccoli, mushrooms) and with double the rice it seemed like a more sensibly balanced meal.
It’s not that hard to cook, which was convenient. Only 45 minutes (the brown rice lengthened the overall time). So what I’m going to have to figure out is a way to get the spice/sauce mix all on my own. Either something similar that I can buy prepared or a recipe that I can mix up. Because I’m pretty sure the rice was overpriced compared to what we normally buy. And everything else is separate anyway.
Anyone have sauce recipes to share?