February 24, 2018

Wagon Wheel Hamburger Helper

I loved the barbecue flavor Hamburger Helper with wagon wheel pasta. So did my husband. But sometime in the very early 2000s it just disappeared.

I found a close approximation at https://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/recipes/recipe/55578/chuckwagon-beef-pasta-skillet. But it was too vinegar-y, and the quantity of brown sugar seemed excessive, too. I had to order wagon wheel pasta from Amazon, as no supermarket in my small town carries them. I got the 12 box quantity because it was so much less expensive that way. https://www.amazon.com/barilla-wagon-wheel-pasta/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Abarilla%20wagon%20wheel%20pasta

Copycat Wagon Wheel Hamburger Helper

1 pound Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
1 small green bell pepper, chopped (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup chopped onion
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1-1/2 cup beef broth
1-1/3 cup dry mini-wagon wheel pasta
1/3 cup catchup
1/3 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder

Saute ground beef, bell pepper and onion in Instant Pot about 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Stir in broth, pasta, catchup, barbecue sauce, garlic powder and onion powder. Cook on manual (high pressure) until pasta is almost tender, about 4 minutes or half the cooking time stated on the pasta box. Quick release the pressure. Season with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt if needed. 

If you are not using a pressure cooker, increase the beef stock to 2 1/4 cups and simmer the pasta until al dente, about 12 minutes or so.

May 24, 2010

Peach-Walnut Coffee Cake

I'm not really a food blogger, but I made this for breakfast and it was yummy. I thought I'd share it. I actually used white flour instead of wheat, because I didn't want to grind just a cup of wheat. I need to grind a few cups of wheat to have some flour handy in the freezer at all times. I didn't take a picture, either. That's proof I'm not really a food blogger. No food porn!
The best thing about this recipe is it uses canned peaches - commercial or or your own - so it is seasonless. It's a quick and easy pantry breakfast. I wished I had had some of my homemade vanilla yogurt to eat with it!

Peach-Walnut Coffee Cake
    1 ½ cups whole wheat flour, freshly ground 
    cup xylitol 
    ½ tablespoon baking powder 
    ½ teaspoon sea salt 
    ½ cup walnuts, chopped 
    1 teaspoon cinnamon 
    ½ teaspoon allspice 
    16 oz.can peaches, drained and chopped 
    ½ cup peach syrup, reserved 
    1 each egg 
    cup coconut oil, melted
 1. Preheat oven to 375℉. Butter an 8x8 baking dish.
 2. Drain the peaches, reserving 1/2 cup of syrup. Chop up coarsely.
 3. Mix the flour, sweetener, walnuts, baking powder, salt, and spices together in a large bowl.
 4. Add the egg, peaches, peach syrup, and oil. Mix gently but thoroughly.
 5. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry.