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Hamburger Buddy

September/October 2007, EatingWell for a Healthy Heart Cookbook (2008)

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Very finely chopping onion, mushrooms and carrots in the food processor is not only fast—it makes the vegetables hard to detect for picky eaters. They also form the base for the sauce of this ground beef skillet supper. Make it a meal: Serve with a green salad.



READER'S COMMENT:
"Total comfort food! I've made this dish several times now. My partner actually requests it! My modifications were based upon many suggested by other reviewers: Chop and shred your veggies for the texture, splash of red wine added...

151 Reviews for Hamburger Buddy

09/22/2011
Yummy

I made this for the first time last night. My family absolutely loved it, even my picky eater. I had some of the leftovers for lunch today, and it tasted even better! I did add extra spices to give it a little more oomph. I will be making this again for dinner.

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09/03/2011
Easy but Bland

My mother was too cheap to make anything from a box and I grew up to be a food snob, but my trashy partner insisted we try Hamburger Helper, so this dish was the compromise. Next time I'll read the reviews first. I was out of Thyme (seriously) so I used Italian Seasoning instead, added extra garlic, an extra tbsp of Worcestershire and shredded the veggies instead of pureeing. Loved the appearance and texture, but it was way too bland. Next time I'll do as others have suggested by adding tomato paste, salsa and wine or hot sauce... or even buy that stuff in the box.

Easy
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06/30/2011
My picky 4 year old loved it and cleaned his plate

My son hates vegetables, even ones he has never tasted but he loved this and never even detected the vegetables. Hubby loved it too and had seconds. The only modification I made was to add a small amount of Parmesan cheese and I did not have macaroni on hand at the time so I used brown rice spaghetti. Very tasty. I will make it again.

Tasty and easy to make
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06/12/2011
Will Make this again, and again and again! (with modifications)

Loved this recipe!! I made some modifications:
-used extra lean ground Turkey
-didn't use thyme or salt, used 1.5 tbsp of Montreal Steak spice (adjust for spicy/salt content - I might use 1 tbsp next time) and 1 tbsp of dried basil
-used 5-6 cloves of garlic, didn't put vegies in food processor. Chopped instead.
-used 1 cup of red wine, 2 cups of low sodium beef stock, 1 cup of water
-used 1.5 tbsp of cornstarch instead of flour
-added 1.5 tbsp of tomato paste
-used greek yogurt instead of sour cream
-added 1 tbsp grated low fat cheddar cheese to my bowl
Very hearty and filling, with lots leftover!! May have to freeze some of it. ;-)

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buttonwench wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

I used some of the same substitutions: turkey and greek yogurt. You missed out on the thyme, it was right on. I would recommend adding lemon juice right before serving to give it a punch.

05/18/2011
Loved it!

I thought this was a great alternative to Hamburger Helper. I didn't read the comments about the thyme and salt before I made this, but I didn't have a problem since I always just season and taste my food as I go. Was a great recipe to get the kids to eat their veggies. I don't think they even knew there were mushrooms in it.

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