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Budget-Wise & Family-Friendly GFCF Recipes & Tips for Dietary Treatment of Autism, ADHD & ADD.

A Trio of Hamburger Magic Recipes

Commercially produced products such as Hamburger Helper® are a delightful convenience when your brain cells have been sucked out of your left ear by an energetic toddler. Gluten-free hamburger helper type boxed meals are available, but many contain casein and they are all forbiddingly expensive. I used to make Hamburger Magic Mixes, homemade versions of hamburger helper, when the kids and I still ate gluten. I looked up all my old recipes for Hamburger Magic and adapted those I could to be free of both gluten and casein. They took a bit of tweaking, but the results were nothing short of magnificent. My family likes these as much as they did the old ones that were made with wheat pasta and powdered dairy milk. They have become extremely popular and my 15 year old is mastering the art of preparing them himself. With help, many kids on the Autism spectrum can gain some experience in the kitchen using one of these mixes. The results are so good, and the necessary skills so basic that it will quickly boost self-esteem which lends confidence to future cooking endeavors.

If you have a smaller family, the measurements may be cut in half and made with 1/2-pound of hamburger, instead of a full pound.

I used Tinkiyada shells or elbow macaroni for these mixes and had delightful results. If you use a different brand of pasta you may need a little more water to keep things juicy and prevent the food from sticking to the bottom of your pan.

When I make these I make 5 or 6 at a time, depending on how much pasta I have on hand. The are all easy, economical and delicious, a trifecta of accomplishment for any cook, doubly so for one cooking gluten free and casein free!

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Hearty Beef & Gravy Hamburger Magic

For the Mix

  • 8 ounces gluten free pasta (about 2 cups of shells or elbow macaroni)

  • 4 teaspoons beef broth powder or 4 beef bouillon cubes or 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Measure all of the ingredients and place them into a plastic zipper bag or a jar or a plastic container or even a small, brown, paper, lunch bag. Label the bag & seal. When I use lunch bags I staple the tops shut with a quick couple of staples. For the most convenience, prepare several of these at a time.

To Prepare

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups plain or unsweetened soymilk (not vanilla)

In a large 12-inch skillet or a 3-quart saucepan, fry the hamburger until brown. Break it up into small bits as it cooks. A fork is handy for this. When the hamburger is well browned, drain off any fat and rinse the beef in a colander if desired.

Add the water and soymilk to the skillet along with the beef. Bring it to a boil over high heat. Add 1-package of Hearty Beef & Gravy Hamburger Magic. Reduce the heat so the mixture simmers. Simmer over medium heat for about 20 minutes, or until the pasta is tender. Serve hot. Makes 4 hearty servings.

 


 

Italian Style Hamburger Magic

For the Mix

  • 8 ounces gluten free pasta (about 2 cups of shells or elbow macaroni), If you use spaghetti, break it into 1/4's

  • 4 teaspoons beef broth powder or 4 beef bouillon cubes or 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  • 28 ounce can Spaghetti Sauce

Measure the first 3 ingredients and place them into a gallon size plastic zipper bag. Place the can of spaghetti sauce into the bag too. Label the bag & seal. For the most convenience, prepare several of these at a time.

To Prepare

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 can of water
  • More water, as necessary

In a large 12-inch skillet or a 3-quart saucepan, fry the hamburger until brown. Break it up into small bits as it cooks. A fork is handy for this. When the hamburger is well browned, drain off any fat and rinse the beef in a colander if desired.

Add 1-package of Italian Style Hamburger Magic to the pan with the beef. Also add the spaghetti sauce. Fill the empty can with water and add this to the pan along with the sauce and beef. Reduce the heat so the mixture simmers. Simmer over medium heat for about 20 minutes, or until the pasta is tender. Add more water if necessary, to keep it saucy. Serve hot. Makes 4 hearty servings.

 


 

Stroganoff Style Hamburger Magic

For the Mix

  • 8 ounces gluten free pasta (about 2 cups of shells or elbow macaroni)

  • 4 teaspoons beef broth powder or 4 beef bouillon cubes or 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons dry onion
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 ounce or 8 ounce can mushrooms stems & pieces

Measure all of the ingredients and place them into a plastic zipper bag or a jar or a plastic container or even a small, brown, paper, lunch bag. Place the can of mushrooms in the bag too. Label the bag & seal. When I use lunch bags I staple the tops shut with a quick couple of staples. For the most convenience, prepare several of these at a time.

To Prepare

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 2 cups plain or unsweetened soymilk (not vanilla)
  • 1/2 cup tofu sour cream, store bought or homemade

In a large 12-inch skillet or a 3-quart saucepan, fry the hamburger until brown. Break it up into small bits as it cooks. A fork is handy for this. When the hamburger is well browned, drain off any fat and rinse the beef in a colander if desired.

Add the water and soymilk to the skillet along with the beef. Bring it to a boil over high heat. Add 1-package of Stroganoff Style Hamburger Magic. Open up the mushrooms. Add them too, juice and all. Reduce the heat so the mixture simmers. Simmer over medium heat for about 20 minutes, or until the pasta is tender. Remove the skillet from the heat. Stir in the sour cream. Serve hot. Makes 4 hearty servings.

 


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