Before There Was Hamburger Helper There Was Goulash
Many of us are on the go and the drive-thru is the how to cope with the pace But for me and my budget, I go for fast food at home. It saves the gas and the money and I can have something done in about 8 minutes which also saves time.
I remember back in the day, before hamburger helper Mom put this goulash together to feed the nine of us before ballet, swimming, track running, school plays, choir practice, friends and all the other things you could imagine with which we were involved. I honestly don’t know how she did it most days after her full time job as head nurse of the ICU. She used to say she went to work to relax! I believe it now that I have kids. Well, none of us ever starved and we all were blessed with good health.
Even though I don’t consider this gourmet or the healthiest, it is far better than the fare from the drive-thru, and my family loves this stuff that I grew up on.
- 1 pound of lean ground beef
- 1 can of condensed vegetable soup
- 3/4 cup diced tomatoes, canned or fresh
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup grated cheddar or jack cheese for a topping
Brown the ground beef in a large skillet and drain well. Add the condensed soup, water, and stir. Stir in the tomatoes and peas. Let this simmer a minute or so then scoop a serving onto the plate and top with cheese.
Though I don’t care much for processed foods, I can’t always avoid them when life is on the fly. It could be far worse I guess driving thru. Hamburger Helper has far more additives and no fresh vegetables. I don’t feel too bad about this dish because it is fast, easy and pretty tasty really…the taste of my childhood.