Is it cheating to serve hamburger

@ersmommy1 (12595)
United States
June 9, 2008 2:48pm CST
helper for dinner? I went to the pantry and have no ideas. But did find 2 boxes of the stuff. With hamburger in the fridge it does seem a logical choice. What would you serve with it?
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@jennifer611 (2514)
• United States
9 Jun 08
I don't think making hamburger helper is cheating! lol I use to LOVE that stuff. if it were me and I wanted to make it and figure out something for the side, it depends on what one it is but I might serve bread with it, like a garlic bread or something and maybe a salad as well.
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@twilight021 (2060)
• United States
9 Jun 08
It's not cheating at all. It's so difficult to come up with something every night for dinner! I can really get burned out on comingup with recipies, so having some help from the pantry is a nice thing. I would be sure to serve some vegatabels and/or salad with the Hamburger Helper though. And make sure all people have a goof helping of veggies on their plate. I think the Hamburger Helper will cover you on protien and strach, so you just need to provide some fiber. I like proccoli or string beans. Something green always adds a nice contrast to the plate.
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@anawar (2406)
• United States
9 Jun 08
ersmommy_ I think the purpose of Hamburger helper is to provide a short cut if you're caught unprepared. Don't worry about what to serve with it. It's not something you serve everyday, so take it easy. Families can go one day without a balanced dinner. I suggest brownies and ice cream after dinner. That will round out HB helper as the perfect meal in a pinch. [em]lol[em]
@anawar (2406)
• United States
9 Jun 08
This is a dumb day mistake day for me. That's the 3rd thing I messed up today.
• United States
12 Jun 08
Well, I stay as far away from processed stuff as I can as often as I can. But, I also make this on a rare occasion. When I do make something like this, I try to balance it and make side dishes of fresh fruit salad, salad or veggies.
@mtdewgurl74 (18159)
• United States
11 Jun 08
No it isn't cheating or atleast I don't think it is, and if it is then everyone is cheatingall over the world. I love Hamburger Helper every kind they have. We have our favorites though which are the cheeseburger Mac and the beef & noodles. Sometimes we will make corn or beans and maybe fry potatoes if hubby wants it. But they really are almost a meal in themselves.
@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
10 Jun 08
I don't think it is cheating at all. I think it is an economical and fast way to cook a good dinner with the premade mixes and such. I fix hamburger helper sometimes and we eat butter toast or garlic bread with ours. I'm not sure how many people you are cooking for but I fix one box and it feeds three people and sometimes we have some left over.
@maddysmommy (16232)
• United States
9 Jun 08
My kind of cooking LOL My son loves it and so does my hubby when we don't feel like having a full on meal.
@elisa812 (3031)
• United States
9 Jun 08
I don't think it's cheating! I actually really like some of the hamburger helper stuff. When I was little, I can remember actually requesting that my mom would make the lasagna hamburger helper cause I liked it so much. I still really like that kind. I don't think there's anything wrong with serving it for dinner, cause it's still a nice hot meal. I think it's just one of those things that I wouldn't want to serve all the time, but it's good to have sometimes. I'm not really sure what would be good to serve with it though. I think the last time we had hamburger helper, we just had a salad on the side.
@luvstochat (6911)
• United States
9 Jun 08
I serve my family hamburger helper all the time. You can serve a side salad with it and some kind of vegetable like green beans or corn depending on what type of hamburger helper you are serving.
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
9 Jun 08
I personally consider it cheating. I have a few boxes in the pantry for those days when I feel like being a lazy cook, but that is just me. I know lots of people make it all the time. I just really like to cook, so when I pull out a box of Hamburger Helper I am cheating for the night. I also consider store bought pie crusts cheating to give you an idea of my outlook though. It is different than a lot.
• United States
9 Jun 08
There are definitely days I would serve it if I had it in the house... which is why I don't keep it in the house! But I do make a homemade version...noodles, ground beef, some tomatoes or cheese sauce...I add veggies. Salad would be good with it, a side of green beans would be nice. I avoid the processed convenience foods for health reasons (my boys have seizures and the additives increase seizures), but let me tell you, some days...I wish I had a "cheat" menu! But these are the days that I grab for something that I've made earlier & frozen for such a day! Serve your hamburger helper PROUD, Mama!!!
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
9 Jun 08
It is not cheating. You have a meal right there available to you. Sometimes you just need to make a quick meal and that is what they are there for. I do not use such things because I am on a wheat free diet and it is hard to find packaged meals that are reasonable priced. But before I went on this diet I used packaged meals alot.
@sconibear (8011)
• United States
9 Jun 08
not only is it not cheating, but if you add a little of your own spices, maybe some extra cheese, and a pinch of Mom's love....it would be DELICIOUS. on the side i would serve a nice garden salad (or if you want to take it really easy, a CAN of vegi's) and maybe some garlic toast. ENJOY!!!
• Canada
9 Jun 08
It's not cheating, if you have it in the house. Do you also have the ingredients to make a salad, or some garlic bread, maybe with cheese on it? Those might be good to have with it. I love Hamburger Helper!