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True Life: I Love Hamburger Helper

Really. There are a ton of flavors that I would never be able to create in a “limited” kitchen- I have very few spices. Because I’ve had nothing but overwhelming success with regular Hamburger Helper, I decided to try Mexican Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Chicken Helper this week.

A major issue with Hamburger Helper and all of its spinoffs is that it’s not very healthy.  Luckily, I healthify everything so I was up for the challenge. It came pretty good but was a little bland, so next time I’ll add more salt, fresh cilantro, and, if I can muster up the courage, a little bit of hot sauce.


  • 1 box Chicken Helper: Mexican Cheesy Chicken Enchilada (contains rice and seasoning packet)
  • 1.5 pounds uncooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2″ chunks  (listed on box)
  • 1 cup skim milk (listed on box)
  • 2 cups hot water (listed on box)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 red peppers, chopped (they were out of green so I doubled up on red)
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • Salt and Pepper to taste (needs more salt than I would have thought)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  1. Saute onion and peppers in oil until soft
  2. Add chicken and cook for about 3 minutes.  It should not be cooked through yet.
  3. Stir in hot water, milk, seasoning packet, rice, and tomatoes.  Heat to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes.  Stir occasionally or rice will stick.
  4. Add black beans and cook 5 more minutes
  5. Remove from heat and uncover so the sauce can thicken
  6. Make sure you salt it or its boring!

I would have switched the box rice for my brown rice but I was out of brown rice… oh well! I served this with a large helping of vegetables and it made about 8 servings.  I also swished the hot water in the tomato can before I put it in the mix to pick up any of the flavor and pieces that might have been left behind. Enjoy, and go forward knowing that you too can enjoy Hamburger Helper.


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Bow Ties with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cream…but not really

I found a great recipe on my favorite recipe website,, and decided to make it.  Actually, I decided to make something kind of like it that was much more healthy.  It was delicious and not too much work!  I made it with Ronzoni Healthy Harvest pasta, which has a serving of vegetables in every 4 oz portion.

Side note about I love this website for two reasons: First, you can search by ingredient so it will give you recipes that combine what you already have, and second, there are SO MANY reviews that if there’s a better way to make something, someone has usually found it already.  I also signed up to receive healthy recipe emails once per week.

Original Recipe:

My recipe:


  • 1 pound turkey sausage (I used sweet), casings removed and crumbled
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes (I used 1 can diced and 1 can no salt added diced)
  • 1 box mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 can small white beans
  • 1 box frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 cups fat free half and half
  • 1 box pasta (whatever shape fits your mood), prepared according to box instructions
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (garnish)


  1. Brown turkey sausage in olive oil.  After it is browned, add in garlic and onion.  Wait 5 minutes and add in mushrooms, red pepper, and celery.  Saute until vegetables are soft.
  2. Mix in tomatoes and fat free half and half.  Simmer until mixture thickens (it took me a little over 15 minutes).
  3. Mix in white beans and peas.  Simmer 5 more minutes.
  4. Serve over pasts and top with fresh parsley.
  5. Enjoy/bask in the glory of eating a healthy, delicious meal.


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