While trying to live off a very small amount of money last week, I got into a discussion about the merits of hamburger helper (home made version pictured above). I remembered liking it quite a bit as a kid, so I thought when I stumbled on this recipe last week I’d check it out. Now, people’s palates differ, so all I can say is we didn’t love it.
Well, no, actually there is quite a bit more I can say. I can say that I am absolutely stunned at the lack of nutritional value (and wife actually used whole wheat pasta to try to improve our situation a bit). What do I mean, you ask? I made it easy and added the values in the handy graphic below from My Food Diary (which I haven’t used in awhile but is a very awesome site).
In addition to fighting her every urge to “bloom the spices” and sautee this or that to increase the flavor, my wife was really a good sport about staying true to the recipe. When I got a look at the nutritional values Betty Crocker asserts I was equally dismayed. Here they are:
Bottom line, the helper didn’t ruin my youth or my interest in eating healthy, so if making it gives parents a little more time to spend nurturing their kids, more power to them. There are plenty of nutritious alternatives out there–even on a budget–but judge not lest ye have stones in your glass house. Or something. It didn’t work for me and I think we’ll be leaving “the helper” in the rear view mirror. Have a good day.