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Week 1: Hamburger Helper Night

22 September 2010 13 Comments Disclosure

For the past several weeks I’ve been steady working on a Recipe/Meal Planning binder. The purpose of this binder is to help keep me organized in Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping. When Walmart approached me and a few of my other Walmart Moms to participate in a campaign centered around meal planning, I knew this was definitely something I would love to share with you (my readers).

Walmart Meal Solutions: Week 1
my Recipe/Meal Planning Binder

    Walmart Meal Solution: Hamburger Helper Night

    Prices May Vary depending on Region (a.k.a. where you live)

  • Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Mac – $2.73
  • Hamburger Helper Beef Stroganoff – $2.73
  • Del Monte Cut Green Beans – $0.82
  • Del Monte Whole Kernel Corn – $0.82
  • Del Monte Lite Slice Pears – $1.36
  • Del Monte Lite Slice Peaches – $1.36
  • Betty Crocker Warm Delights Hot Fudge Brownie – $1.64
  • Betty Crocker Warm Delights Molten Chocolate Cake – $1.64

In my Meal Planning Binder is a section for a monthly menu, each day is dedicated to a specific theme (ex. beef, chicken, or a no meat night). This doesn’t mean we have the same recipe every week, we just have the same key ingredient on that day. For example, if today was beef day we could have a Hamburger Helper Night using ground hamburger.

Walmart Meal Solutions: Week 1

Out of the items listed by Walmart as a Meal Solution, these are the items I chose as a quick meal solution for my family instead of opting for fast food:

Twin Pack: Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Mac: Instead of getting two single boxes of HH, I opted to go for the twin pack which saved me money. My family can easily polish off a single box of HH, since our household is filled with all boys, so we double the boxes of Hamburger Helper used but only use 1 lb. of meat.

Del Monte Lite Sliced Peaches and Pears: Instead of serving just one kind of fruit as a side dish I like to combine two or three of my families favorites like peaches and pears into one bowl so everybody gets a taste of something they love.

Del Monte Cut Green Beans and/or corn: Veggie wise I always try to serve at least one per meal, but I have to admit that my family isn’t filled with a lot of veggie eaters. To spice things up a bit I like to add in some homemade flavor. To a can of green beans I would add half of an onion and some bacon bits. Or mix the two together just like we did with the fruit, corn and green beans, for a different twist on a veggie dish.

Betty Crocker Warm Delights Molten Chocolate Cake: Now onto dessert. I try to make at least one dessert a week, maybe two depending on how much time I have. A single dessert usually lasts my family the entire week unless we have an extreme sweet tooth. Sadly though no one else in my family loves chocolate cake like I do, that is why the Betty Crocker Warm Delights Molten Chocolate Cake would be the perfect mid-week snack for me. Since its a single serve dessert, I can indulge in some much needed chocolatey goodness (since I don’t get to make any chocolate desserts for our weekly sweet treat). The Betty Crocker Warm Delights Molten Chocolate Cake reminds me a lot of the Chocolate Cake in a Mug recipe I’ve been seeing floating around the food blogs over the past several years. If you don’t have any Betty Crocker Warm Delights on hand, the Chocolate Cake in a Mug recipe would be a great substitute for a chocolate fix.

How would you use the Meal Solution ideas listed above?

Walmart Meal Solutions: Week 1

What I like about the Meal Solution ideas from Walmart is that it shows how quick and easy it can be to prepare a meal at home for a family. We don’t eat out that often because I love to cook but there are days when I’m too tired (or lazy, however you want to look at it) to think of something creative to make for my family for dinner. That is just reality. But let’s face it, I don’t have a fast food restaurant in my backyard either. The time it would take for me to run to a fast food place and back, would probably be about the same amount of time it would take me to cook an easy Meal Solution Meal like the one Walmart has given an example of. So in my monthly meal planning I keep a list of these quick and easy meals for those days when I just want to get dinner on the table as quickly as possible.

The Meal Solution ideas by Walmart are also budget friendly which I love. Feeding a family at a restaurant or even a fast food place can really add up. The same amount of time it takes to go to one of these places can provide a cooked meal at home instead, that is conveniently wallet friendly.

Did you like this post? Come check out Week 2!!! Sloppy Joes!!!

Walmart momDisclosure: This post is part of a series of Meal Solutions with Walmart that some of my fellow Walmart Moms (Jenn of Frugal Upstate, Denise of Wholesome Mommy, and Lori at My Wooden Spoon) and I are participating in. Walmart has provided me with compensation and a gift card in return for this post. My participation is voluntary and opinions are my own.



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13 Comments »

  • Jacklyn said:

    The coolest gift I ever got was from my Grandma with my mom's help. They bought a regular Betty Crocker cookbook and spent several months adding handwritten recipes to it. Ones they thought I'd like, ones they knew I like, or ones they really wanted passed down to future generations. I refuse to use any other cookbook. Someday… your daughters-in-law are going to ask for your son's favorite recipes, and how cool would it be to have it all in once place? :)

  • thedomesticdiva.org said:

    I totally agree. I have my grandmother's handwritten recipes and they are so cherished.

  • denisesawyer said:

    Fabulous post! =) I love the idea of using 1 lb. of hamburger with 2 boxes of hamburger helper! I had never thought of that. What a great way to stretch a meal (and a dollar). I had always wondered what we would do when we have more hungry mouths to feed. It seems like packaging is getting smaller and smaller and it takes more than one of everything to feed a family of four!
    Denise Sawyer
    My recent post Smothered Burritos

  • missy said:

    U forgot the hamburger meat, cant have ham helper without the meat! SO wouldent be under 12 bux!

  • Carla said:

    A family fave…. Another thing I do to stretch it is to add some extra pasta w/ my own seasonings and a bit extra liquid. I don't like my Helper all that meaty since pregnancy #1(meat was my #1 aversion)(Extremely Odd for this Texas steak-lover LOL). I also add some french fried onions on top of the cheeseburger mac and a couple others for some flavorful crunch!

  • thedomesticdiva.org said:

    The ground beef is on the picture with the receipt. It was $1.98 for 1 lb. (at the time).

  • thedomesticdiva.org said:

    Those are wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing. I love to read how people put different spins on dishes/recipes. French fried onions sounds yummy!

  • Cherie said:

    Without offending anyone you should try making your own hamburger helper mixes. I have used these recipes with great success. You can still get all the staples from Walmart (and other stores) but it is so much healthier for your family.
    http://chickensintheroad.com/cooking/homemade-ham...
    My recent post How to Get Water

  • Jamie said:

    Another trick I use to slip in some much needed veggies is to put them IN the entree! Never had a child balk at it either. My daughter's nutritionist even said she's going to try some of my tricks. I always mix a can of veggies (drained of course) into my Hamburger Helper and it also cuts out an extra dirty pot in the dirty dishes.
    Mixing a back of frozen veggies into any pasta sauce works too. My kids don't love squash or asparagus but they eat them both in spaghetti which they LOVE!
    I've always stretched the 1lb to 2 boxes too, it really helps stretch a dollar and no one notices!

  • thedomesticdiva.org said:

    Not offended. Thank you for offering your suggestion. I love to make things from scratch, I will definitely check out your recipe. A fellow Walmart Mom, Wholesome Mommy, offers her take on homemade Hamburger Helper that I've been waiting to try myself.

  • thedomesticdiva.org said:

    Great Tip!!! Add veggies. Thanks for commenting.

  • christina said:

    Yes I do the same! My boys love it =)

  • thedomesticdiva.org said:

    Awesome! Thanks for commenting.