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The winds of change are blowing me onto my next adventure, so my Mac Attack Series is coming to an end sooner than planned. This will be the last mac and cheese post in the series.
From my not so basic mac and cheese to the Ultimate BBQ mac and cheese (and everything in between!), this series has been a blast, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t reinvent a pseudo-mac and cheese meal from my past… how often did you have Hamburger Helper growing up (or even now)?
“For our first date, I made Ryan Hamburger Helper, which is basically what I grew up on. I make my own version of it now, with macaroni and cheese and hamburger meat. And the kids – it’s their favorite dinner.”
Guys, WHAT?! Reese Witherspoon eats Hamburger Helper… there is hope for the rest of us! Isn’t it exciting to know when celebrities enjoy unhealthy food too? It’s like a glimpse of a normal person in the limelight. Sorry, fan-girling real hard right now!
When I was a kid, dinner was mostly a meal made from convenience. I had ballet, my sister swam, dad coached football, and mom traveled a lot for work. We had macaroni and cheese with hot dogs more than I’d care to admit! But occasionally we’d have a different meal from a box. True to its name, it was a big help!
Hamburger Helper made its debut in 1971. A shortage of meat sent the prices skyrocketing! Leaving families unsure of how to feed everyone. With a box of Hamburger Helper, 1-lb of ground beef stretched to feed 5! Everything but the meat comes in that little box. But, have you ever read the ingredients? There’s some stuff that doesn’t sound so good… (ie: “Monoglycerides”, translation: TRANS FAT THAT THEY AREN’T REQUIRED TO ADD TO NUTRITION LABEL!!!)
The Cheeseburger Macaroni flavor is one of the most popular of the Helper line. Cheese. Macaroni. It got me thinking about another recipe for the Mac Attack Series! Now, obviously, if you’ve been following along you know that I don’t eat meat, dairy, or eggs… which pretty much rules Hamburger Helper off my dinner table. Until now.
For this recipe, everything goes into the pot (spices, veggies, pasta, and your favorite meat sub) and voila! Homemade Veg-Burger Helper!
While I’m excited to share this recipe with you, I’m a little sad to bring this Mac Attack Series to an end. The weekly series is officially over, BUT I still have some ideas up my sleeves so I will add-on/revisit the idea later. Definitely be on the lookout for a Mac Attack part 2 in the future! I’ll be sharing more stuff with you in the coming weeks but I will be moving my posting date to Wednesdays.
Here’s what’s happening: I’m in the process of moving to another state, Commonwealth actually. Back to Kentucky, I go! My heart is so happy. Looking forward to ending the “long-distance” piece of my relationship. 🙂
As I wrap up this series though, I have to thank my friend, Sarah, for really encouraging me to do it! We talked about it a few years ago, some life happened, and I finally got around to doing it. Now the question is… what should I do next!? I’m taking your suggestions in the comments below!