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Old 07-08-2010, 07:50 AM   #1
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Hamburger Helper-Lower carb style?

So I got this crazy craving for Hamburger Helper (Cheeseburger), so I bought a box. I intend to use my Dreamfield's macaroni instead of the one they have in the box. I'm also going to use extra ground beef. I've done this in the past, and it's turned out great. But at the time, I wasn't actually counting carbs the way I am now.

I'm just wondering if anyone has tried eating HH with Dreamfield's and extra beef, and any positive/negative experiences. Thanks!
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Old 07-08-2010, 08:06 AM   #2
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I've done this and enjoyed the taste. I'm sure there is some corn starch/flour to thicken the sauce, which you can't really avoid in HH. Alternatively, you could try cooking some ground beef and adding some blend of cheddar/american cheese and cream to get the right flavor.

One important thing I have to add is that the Dreamfields people say reheating or overcooking the pasta can cause the 'protective matrix' to break down, effectively adding digestible carbs back in. Dreamfields Pasta, Healthy nutrition frequently asked questions
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OMG I love hamburger helper! Excellent idea. I will have to try that when I am off induction. Now the wheels are turning in my head on how to make an alternative recipe using something other than macaroni.
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I've done this and enjoyed the taste. I'm sure there is some corn starch/flour to thicken the sauce, which you can't really avoid in HH. Alternatively, you could try cooking some ground beef and adding some blend of cheddar/american cheese and cream to get the right flavor.

One important thing I have to add is that the Dreamfields people say reheating or overcooking the pasta can cause the 'protective matrix' to break down, effectively adding digestible carbs back in. Dreamfields Pasta, Healthy nutrition frequently asked questions
I'll definitely try the alternate version in the future.
And thanks about the 'protective' matrix' info. Maybe I'll cook the pasta separately. That way I can also measure it out properly.
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If you like hamburger helper you might want to check out some of Linda Sue's ground beef creations. Many remind me of hamburger helper (in a good way Linda Sue!) and they are much healthier but still so easy to make. Yummy, cheesy low carb goodness. If you haven't checked them out you might want to. They freeze really well too so you can make them ahead if you want to for when the craving might strike.
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Brown up the beef. Add onions, mushrooms, bell pepper and seasonings, if you want. Add softened cream cheese and whatever other cheese you want and stir it up until it gets creamy and melts.

Then cook the pasta in small amounts. Reheat the beef mix and stir in the hot pasta. That way you can put the beef in the 'fridge and cook up the pasta when you want.

Ummmm sounds good!

Instead of cream cheese, you could try a low carb Alfredo sauce too.

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I often make something similar for lunch.

Brown 1/4 lb. of 80-20 ground beef and add mushooms when it is nearly ready. I add 1/4 cup of shredded mozzerella cheese and stir in. The mushooms add a texture that might resemble pasta. I add quite a bit of hot sauce.
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Mmmm, all of this sounds so good! Thanks everyone!
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I make LC goulash using dreamfields elbow pasta.

1 pound hamburger, cooked, drained.
1 cup of chopped celery
1 cup green pepper chopped
1/2 cup onion chopped
2 tblsp minced garlic.

Cook the hamburger with the veggies; drain off grease.

Add 1 can tomato sauce (8 oz) or 1 cup of salsa. (you can add more if you want). You can also add a can of Rotel tomatoes for extra zing.

Season with chili powder, salt, pepper, whatever seasoning you like.

Cook the pasta until soft, drain and add to the sauce mixture.

Top with Mexican shredded cheese.


My husband loves this and he's not LCing. Tastes better than the Chilimac HH, IMO.

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I make LC goulash using dreamfields elbow pasta.

1 pound hamburger, cooked, drained.
1 cup of chopped celery
1 cup green pepper chopped
1/2 cup onion chopped
2 tblsp minced garlic.

Cook the hamburger with the veggies; drain off grease.

Add 1 can tomato sauce (8 oz) or 1 cup of salsa. (you can add more if you want). You can also add a can of Rotel tomatoes for extra zing.

Season with chili powder, salt, pepper, whatever seasoning you like.

Cook the pasta until soft, drain and add to the sauce mixture.

Top with Mexican shredded cheese.


My husband loves this and he's not LCing. Tastes better than the Chilimac HH, IMO.

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Well, I just made my Hamburger Helper and it turned out great.

I got nervous because it calls for 2 cups of milk (24 carbs). So I tried it at 1/2 cup (6 carbs), and it's still great.

I made about 5 cups worth, and the carbs for the whole thing were fairly low.
Now, if I could only find out how many carbs is in that powdered cheese. Hmmm...
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So I got this crazy craving for Hamburger Helper (Cheeseburger), so I bought a box.
This reminds me of when we were first married (almost 36 years ago)...I didn't know how to cook and so we had Hamburger Helper every single night for months! We got so tired of HH (luckily I learned to cook by then) we have not had it since!!!
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Hahahaha, I love HH! It's nice that I can still eat it somewhat low carb, though I probably won't eat it again for a couple of weeks.
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I do use dreamfield's elbows for my kids when I make mac and cheese from a box (an occasional thing for us)!!

I simply use the same volume of dreamfield elbows and I throw away the elbows in the box, lol! One of my children had a weight issue (not anymore! woot!) so I do it for her .. and they do not notice the difference with the nasty processed "cheese" lol!
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This reminds me of when we were first married (almost 36 years ago)...I didn't know how to cook and so we had Hamburger Helper every single night for months! We got so tired of HH (luckily I learned to cook by then) we have not had it since!!!
I didn't know HH was around that long
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It's been around since 1971.
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I remember HH from the mid-70's. And those tv dinners...
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You got me thinking about that line from "Christmas vacation:

Cousin Eddie: "I don't know why they call this stuff hamburger helper. It does just fiiiiine by itself..."

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Not sure how many carbs are in the fake cheese - but it does have hydrogenated oils, corn starch, corn syrup, and MSG. I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole.

The homemade recipes listed here sound a whole lot better.


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Well, I just made my Hamburger Helper and it turned out great.

I got nervous because it calls for 2 cups of milk (24 carbs). So I tried it at 1/2 cup (6 carbs), and it's still great.

I made about 5 cups worth, and the carbs for the whole thing were fairly low.
Now, if I could only find out how many carbs is in that powdered cheese. Hmmm...
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Not sure how many carbs are in the fake cheese - but it does have hydrogenated oils, corn starch, corn syrup, and MSG. I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole.

The homemade recipes listed here sound a whole lot better.
Yeah, I'm definitely going to try the alternative versions.
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I remember HH from the mid-70's. And those tv dinners...
A yes, Swanson TV dinners in the aluminum trays. LOL. Loved em'
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Never cared much for the Hamburger Helpers.
But I remember that I loved Sloppy Joes back in the early seventies.

Didn't care much for frozen dinners either - until the Marie Callender's 16 oz dinners.
Ate a few of them in the nineties. Fried chicken w/corn on the cob was my favorite.

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