Dare I call it the ultimate convenience food? Maybe that’s a bit much. Regardless, what do you think of it?
1 - Food of the Gods!!
2 - Cheap, quick, easy, and not too bad - kinda like my love life
3 - You’re kidding, right?
4 - Option funnier than I thought of
My vote - 2. It’s OK for an easy meal. I jazz it up with onions or mushrooms or other veggies depending upon the variety. It’s not a regular part of my pantry, but occasionally, we find it makes tolerable grub.
As a bachelor HH is King. I cook it or Chicken Helper probably once or twice a week. It’s not the best, but once you figure out what additions to make it’s not too bad and requires minimum prep and cooking time. That and the George Forman grill sustain me… Without them
I used to depend on it a lot. However, I noticed that most of them are just a sauce and a starch, with a few seasonings sometimes, which I can make myself very easily. Egg noodles and other pastas are very easy to cook, and so are sauces, so I’ve pretty much given up on Hamburger Helper.
I will admit to using cream soups as sauces on occastion. I particularly like to use cream of celery soup in tuna casseroles and pot pies.
No except for corn dogs. Corn dogs dipped in mustard is a heavenly delicacy. That is a must try. Icees are also very good but the competitor versions are sickly sweet. Octopus and squid don’t offer much on their own because they are like eating rubber. However, calamari (fried squid like onion rings) is quite good and popular in the Boston area.
I’ve had it a couple of times when I really needed to feed the kids in a big hurry. However, it is too expensive to mess with most of the time. A 1 lb. box of elbow macaroni costs less than a buck. Throw in some seasoning and you have the same thing you get out of the box for about 1/2 the price (or less). (And, as noted, it works better if you are adding some veggies or spices of your own, so why pay the high cost and still do the work?)
(I’ve had the same fight with my kids over Lunchables. For the cost of four packages of Lunchables, I can buy enough crackers, peanut butter, Cheez Whiz, and (lean) lunch meat to make “lunchables” by hand for two weeks. (And I can better control the amount of fat, sugar, and sodium that goes into them.))
HH and Lunchables and the other prepared foods are not evil, but they certainly seem to be a high cost trade-off for five minutes of work.
I attempted to make Hamburger Helper once, but I ended up with a frying pan full of unappetizing liquid yellow goop. I’m still not sure exactly what I did wrong, but it’s put me off cooking for at least a year. Pretty much all I know how to cook is frozen pizza and Jell-O.