I've been a reluctant cook. It's not that I feel like I can't cook, but more that I know that if I am cooking, I'm going to make things that I like, rather than the things I know my husband and daughter will eat. And trust me, generally they differ. In recent years, I must admit, I've completely forgotten about Hamburger Helper, something that used to be a staple in our house before we had Samantha. You really can't get much easier, and who doesn't like hamburger (or, as I sometimes substituted, ground turkey) and pasta? And it's so easy to even modify by adding in some frozen vegetables or diced tomatoes. You really can't go wrong.
So, when I was asked to participate in this great giveaway, I jumped at the chance!
Betty Crocker, through MyBlog Spark, provided me with information about the products as well as the fabulous prize pack that they sent me (pictured above), along with an extra for one of my readers!
So, last week I put on my handy dandy Betty Crocker apron and got to "work." Seriously, this stuff is so ridiculously easy and quick to make, I barely needed the apron. With all-new Betty Crocker Ultimate Potatoes and Ultimate Helper mixes, I was able to give Steve and Samantha a delicious dinner I knew they’d enjoy. Each box comes with both seasoning and a rich, creamy sauce, and while I certainly wouldn't mix a pasta meal with one involving mashed potatoes, I did the Ultimate Hamburger Helper first one night (the Three Cheese Marinara variety), and then, on a different night, made a meal of baked chicken, and the Betty Crocker Ultimate Cheddar mashed potatoes (can't even begin to tell you how yummy those were, and you can see for yourself how good the pasta was in the pics below!).
There are 4 different varieties of the Ultimate Hamburger Helper, along with lots of other "Helpers," such as Tuna Helper, Cheesy Favorites, Chicken Helper, Italian Favorites, Homestyle Favorites, Asian Favorites, Mexican Favorites, Wholegrain Favorites, Helper Complete Meals and regular Hamburger Helper options (I think I may try the Creamy Parmesan next time!), and numerous potato varieties (Roasted Garlic mash is on my radar...).
Spinach is my favorite vegetable. Thought I'd try Samantha with it, but, sadly, it turns out that it's most definitely not *her* favorite... I'm sad. By the way, check out the cool bowl, serving spoon and plate! All part of the giveaway! See below for instructions...
Here's what I need you to do to win the prize pack shown above (includes 4 melamine plates, a 3-piece serving bowl set, a serving spoon, 1 box of Ultimate Helper mix and 1 box of Ultimate Potatoes!):
1) Leave me a comment, below, with your e-mail address, telling me what your favorite Helper variety is (visit www.BettyCrocker.com for the product listing) for one entry
2) Get an extra entry if you share this post on Facebook (mention it in the comment)
3) Get a third entry if you share this post and giveaway on Twitter (use #MyBlogSpark, and, again, mention it in the comment)
The winner will be drawn on Wednesday, October 3rd.
Good luck, and happy, easy, yummy cooking!