I love presents. I think many of us do. But to be honest, as a single parent with no parents, presents for me are few and far between these days. So anytime an unexpected package ends up on my doorstep, I can’t help doing a little dance of glee! And in February – guess what it was?! Food and a brand new, shiny, beautiful frying pan from T-Fal! (Being a Canadian Beef Ambassador definitely has its’ perks!) It’s likely many of you wouldn’t be quite as excited over a new frying pan, but I have to admit, any new kitchen items are much appreciated here.
The included food was six boxes of Hamburger Helper! Canadian Beef had sent me a new task! The task to create an innovative dinner from Hamburger Helper! My biggest challenge? Getting my kidlets to eat something with sauce in it. I decided I would employ every trick in the “book” (p.s. if you know where this actual book is, could you send a copy my way?). I began with my six year old – recruiting him to help with the preparation would bring him one step closer to actually eating it!
To be honest, it has been some time since I’ve made Hamburger Helper, so I had forgotten just how simple it was! We followed the directions on the box and then started scouring our pantry for additions. Turns out that making hamburger helper was just the thing to discover how much my baby loves mushrooms! We also added red peppers and peas for color and voila! In less than twenty minutes we had a new dish to try. Now as I have mentioned previously, my kidlets are very new food adverse. As for sauces – not for them! But when the Hamburger Helper came out? They demolished it! I’m uncertain what is causing this sudden shift in eating habits – perhaps it is the adventure I am on with Canadian Beef? Whatever it is, I hope it stays and my children continue to play with recipes to add their own spin. Mom enjoys the break and the kids enjoy the creativity.
Due to the ease of preparation and the ability for customization, we have added Hamburger Helper to my son’s list of meals he can choose to make on his cooking day. In this house, we really love these Tuesdays and look forward to trying even more flavour combinations with Hamburger Helper, Canadian Beef and our own choices!
Do you have some favorite ingredients we could try with the next Hamburger Helper (Stroganoff) we are going to try?
And yes, as a Canadian Beef Ambassador I do receive compensation for each post, however, I only write my truth!