PLEASE HELP ME I LOATH COOKING.....

Amy - posted on 04/13/2010 ( 33 moms have responded )

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I have never enjoyed cooking.
When i do cook it's the same thing's over and over spagetti,sloppy joes & baked chicken. The strain of eating out all the time is really wearing on my husband and myself we both have gained well over 50lbs just in the past year and i don't want to pass this unhealthy eating cycle onto our son. PleaseDoes anyone have any quick an tasty meals they can share.

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Shannon - posted on 04/14/2010

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Kristen's quesadillas sound yummy!! I have a cooking suggestion for them that I have used to make cheese quesadillas! Use the George Forman! no oil needed and makes them a little crispier and with grill marks to boot!!

Audra - posted on 04/14/2010

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Amy, try Rachael Ray's 30 minute meals or some of the books out there which use only 4 or ingredients. I have learned to love cooking, but i've also learned that I should not improvise very often (baaaad results for me). :-) ha ha.

You could also get together with a friend and cook 2-3 meals on the weekend, in double batches, and freeze them for later in the week.

Also, find meals you can make which can then be 'reused' a slightly different way as leftovers but feel like a brand new meal - this is a big trend and soooooo easy.

Good luck! You can do it!!! Losing the weight you don't want and gaining a healthy life is crucial -- you owe it to yourself and your family.

K. - posted on 04/14/2010

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I'm a bit different then you, but only a bit. I don't hate cooking, I'm just really bad at it. Same thing all the time, spaghetti, baked chicken, pork chops that can double as paper weights...Every single time I'm in the kitchen my 4 year old will ask me if the smoke alarm is going to go off. But there is one thing my family loves that is easy enough for me and that is chicken quesidillas. I don't know if I spelled that right. I buy the precooked, preseasoned, precut Tyson chicken, chop up some onions, tomatoes and spinach leaves and toss it all together with a handful of shredded cheese. I even throw some carrots into the food processor and grind those up to toss in with the cheese, kids never know. Sprinkle it with some pepper and garlic powder and spoon it onto a flour tortilla. Top with another tortilla and bake it until the cheese melts. Packed with vegetables the kids don't even realize they're eating. =) Another way to cook it (a slightly unhealthier way) is to warm up a bit of oil in a pan on the stove and cook on both sides until the tortillas are golden brown, I like this way better because the tortillas wind up a bit crispier. Yum.

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Bev - posted on 10/17/2012

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Buy a Crock pot u can make so much in it and it takes no time to get ready and the pot does all the work

1)Put a roast (any kind)in the crock pot through in some baby carrots in the bag from the store work is already done for u chop and onion up little garlic and onion powder just befor done through in a bag of frozen mini potatoes you get in the freezer section of the store (they r good and healthy and come already done for u red or rustic) then serve

2)Stew just do same as top but use chopped up meat and frozen mixed veggies at the end mix 4 tablespoons of corn starch with 1/2 cup water and add it will make your stew thick

Amanda - posted on 10/17/2012

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if you want hadly any work .... veggies just boil them to cook... and add meat in oven at 350 let go till they looked cook take out eat .... if you want flavor add seasoning half way through cooking........ freezer food isn't the best for you but its fast too. i know tons of great things to cook but if you dont like to cook then its to long for the end result. you want fake cooking. (put in oven and leave it) add spices for flavor) i like real cooking I'm in the kitchen 4 to 5 hours making dinner XD ... but fake cooking is still good nothing wrong with it. i hope you find some quick tasty meals.



fish is probably the fastest and simplist and very tasty .... (defrost fish)



take tinfoil and place on a baking sheet butter the tinfoil...

add fish butter the top of the fish

add lemon and herbs and veg seasoning

place in over for about 15 mins. or till you can stick it with a fork and it is not rubbery -for moist first .... for drier fish leave till edges are lightly brown.



a nice little add to chicken is in a frying pan heat up cream of mushroom soup and add onion and let simmer till thick. add on top of chicken .. :) nice little taste. taste great in mashed potatoes too.

Megan - posted on 04/21/2010

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if you like tacos and you like pizza get a pizza crust from the store and refried beans and hamburger and cheese lettuce tomatoes

they you cook your hamburger drain the grease add the taco seasoning and however much water it calls for (my fam really like taco flavor so we add 2 packets to the amount of water for one packet)

then once you hamburger is done you take you your pre-made pizza crust and smear refried beans all over then your hamburger and then cheese and cook for how ever long your pizza crust says of if your pizza crust is already cooked then till the cheese is melted

then when the crust is done top with lettuce and tomato and serve i usually make a salad to go with


i hope this helped this is one of my fams faves

Donna - posted on 04/21/2010

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Good timing Amy - I am cooking this tonight. It is my easiest recipe, and healthy, and yummy!
I serve it with a salad, some lebanese bread, and some greek yoghurt sprinkled with paprika:

OREGANO & PAPRIKA LAMB KEBABS
Mix together 2 crushed garlic cloves, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp dried oregano, 1 tbsp sweet paprika and 1 tbsp lemon juice. Add to this 400g lamb fillets (or I sometimes use beef too) sliced into 2cm cubes.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours.

Thread lamb onto 12 bamboo skewers. Preheat a grill or barbecue. Cook for 6-8 minutes, or until cooked to your liking.

Cheers,
Donna
http://themotherhoodtruth.blogspot.com

Reeta - posted on 04/20/2010

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Last one, I promise.

Sticky Wings -

Marinate a bag of unthawed wing dings or fresh wings in zesty italian dressing overnight. Dump in a casserole dish, sprinkly with a little salt and pepper and bake uncovered on 350 for an hour (time may vary depending on ur oven,)

That's it. I've a bunch of easy side dishes too. Happy quick cooking!!

Reeta - posted on 04/20/2010

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Real quick..Chicken nuggets. Just buy Ground Chicken like u wud buy Ground Turkey.

Mix well, 1 pack ground chicken with salt, pepper, a little garlic and onion powder. Shape into nuggets. Beat one egg with a little water, dip nuggets in egg to coat, dip nuggets into flour, fry until golden brown on each side (well, until they're done...lol..about 7 minutes total)

I pair this with super cold frothy strawberry or chocolate milk (like a shake) and carrot and/or apple fries. U can chop them up and just leave them in the fridge. They're a good healthy snack any time. The apple and carrot mixture is really good.

By the way, someone on COM's suggested adding wheat germ to the flour mix. I don't know if ur into wheat germ or not, but the kids won't even taste it. Neither will you and it's really good 4 u.

Reeta - posted on 04/20/2010

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OHMYGAWD! U shud be my new best friend. I have a million recipes that are totally quick and kids usually love.

Here's a good one. This one is more detailed, but u can really stretch it.
Turkeyroni or ChiliMac.
Cook 1 pack ground Turkey until done, drain fat (shud be very little fat and u cud sub ground chuck if u prefer), add one diced onion and one diced green pepper, cook for about two minutes to slightly soften veggies, add two cans diced tomato's, salt, pepper, chili powder and a little garlic powder (I prefer fresh garlic).cook 12 -15 minutes on medium, dump in some elbow macaroni, stir and cook til pasta is tender. U can add water, beef stock or tomato sauce if there's not enough liquid to cook the pasta.

U can change the seasonings, change the meat, switch the veggies. Whatever u like. Also, sometimes when this is done, I dump into a casserole dish and cover with cheese. I have three girls and they love it.

I also have REALLY easy recipes for chicken nuggets, mini burgers, sticky wings.

Renee - posted on 04/20/2010

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A pressure cooker is my best friend. It's quick, healthy and delicious. You will never regret buying one and the food is so easy. I also have a simple pressure cooker cookbook I just bought and it has the best ideas of what to cook. I can make a whole meal meat, vegetables, etc in about 20 minutes from start to finish.

Christian - posted on 04/20/2010

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I came up with a quick and easy recipe the other night. I diced some lean chicken breasts and seasoned with Tony's Cajun Seasoning and seasoned pepper. I sauted the chicken until it was done. I added a can of diced tomatoes, drained. Stir fried it together. Meanwhile while the chicken was cooking I cooked to bags of the chicken flavored noodle side dish (Knorr). When the noodles were done cooking I threw them in the pan with the chicken and tomatoes. Stirred it together and let it cook for a few mintues to blend the flavors. I am not sure how fattening it is but it was really good! It was quick and easy!

Robin - posted on 04/20/2010

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well theres chicken alfredo really quick and easy to make fry or bake chicken tear in to strips boil noodles open a can of alfredo sauce boil brocoli add brocoli to sauce mix togeather add some salid and you have a quick easy and healthy meal also you can get your self a crock pot spend 15 to 20 miniuts a day in the morning putting just about any thing to geather from roast to chicken noodle soup cook it on low leve it for the day and by the time your ready for dinner its done and you really didnt have to do any thing if you go the crock pot way there is a cook book for the crock pot with lots of good fast easy and healthy meal ideas

Catherine - posted on 04/20/2010

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I love cooking but I like to go the easy route during the week. Here is one of my fav easy recipe: Easy Chicken Quesadillas

Skinless (boneless if you perfer)Chicken thighs, about 1 or 2 per person

shredded colby jack cheese (it melts easier)

Burritos size flour tortillas

Butter

optional sides of rice and beans or guac and chips

How To:

saute the thighs with butter until done. debone or shred, set aside.

butter one side of the burrito size tortilla place it down in the skillet and then on one side put chicken and cheese and then fold over the other side to make like a taco. flatten it with spatula and cook until lightly browned on bothe sides. be sure to pick up the "opened" side of the quesadilla when you turn it over! When done take a pizza cutter and make "pie" servings! Serve with your choice of sides. There are boxed mex rices and canned refried beans. But if you want some awesome tex-mex beans get 2 cans of plain pinto beans and one can of rotel tomato and cilantro. put all 3 in a pot and cook until warm through! If I have left out a step just email me!

Mary - posted on 04/19/2010

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I'm all about stews and soups. Because you can always add rice noodles or even eat it by itself. I find cooking it is easy and also saves you money because its great for leftovers. The value of stews is that you can essentially add all sorts of veggies to make a healthy meal.



Chicken Stock (can be stored in the freezer for months)



-Chicken (parts with bones, thats wear the flavor comes from)

-Water

-Whole Onion

-Stalks of Rosemary and Thyme

-Whole Pepper Cloves

-Add salt for tasting



Let it cook in the slowcooker for as long as you like. The longer it stews the less salt you need.



Drain all the herbs and chicken and use the leftover chicken for anything you like. Add it to your soup, use it for pasta, etc. Then add carrots, potatoes, noodles, whatever you like. And thats just a start, you'll become better at creating things with less worry as long as you start with the basics.

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Texas Two-Step Chicken is a quick easy way to jazz up your baked chicken.
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup picante sauce
3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
3 cups hot cooked rice
Mix picante sauce, sugar and mustard. Place chicken breasts in a 2-quart shallow baking dish. Pour mixture over chicken. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes or until chicken is done. Serve over rice.

Bev - posted on 04/19/2010

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try a crck pot you put everything in the morn with onion and garlik and you can never go wrong roasts pork chickon dont matter couple potatoes and a veggie and you are good to go

Chris - posted on 04/19/2010

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I love to cook, but somethimes with busy schedules I can't find the time. Cook large portions one or two days a week of meats (a couple different) and side dishes and vary them up by adding different things to them different nights of the week. Hamberg can be fried on Saturday & sloppy joe sauce added one night, mix with mac & cheese a night make a soup a night. There's 3 dishes with one main ingredient. My dad made a soup with hamberger/ground beef by adding a can of beef broth, box of macaroni and can of diced or crushed tomatoes. I use the recipe, but add a full can of tomatoe juice since Ihave a large family. You can add vegies to this & make it a one dish meal too. If you get food network there is a couple shows on there that also give ideas of check foodnewtork.com

Sheryl - posted on 04/18/2010

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We do a 'greek' salad which is just lettuce, cherry tomatoes (or chopped up normal tomatoes), cucumber, olives (optional), red onion (optional) fetta (we use some called danish fetta, it's smooth and creamy not crumbly and sharp like standard fetta) and a balsamic dressing (paul newman's brand)
I'm not sure if you can get the exact things in america (i'm australian) but it's a really nice salad just by itself. If you want more protein than add a steak or chicken of your choice.
Another stand by meal is chili-con-carne I basically do it without the chili. But you do however much mince (ground beef?) you need for each of you, fry some onion, and add a tin of kidney beans, and tinned diced tomato and then a little cumin & corriander (to taste) And chili if you like. Serve it up with rice and it's really nice.
Or try a stir fry. you don't need a wok, a deep frypan will work. brown onion and whatever meat you want (you could also do tofu) and add the veggies, make them small and bite size so they cook quick. Things like carrot, celery, beans, snow peas, baby carrot, broccli, even cabbage, asian greens like boc choi, for a sauce you can just use soy or add honey, ginger, garlic (as many or as few of these as you like). Fry it with the sauce for a little and hey presto. You can beef it out with rice or noodles, I like hoikien, the big fat yellow ones.
If you are ever in doubt about burning just keep stirring it all so nothing sticks to the bottom, The only thing in a stir fry which really needs to cook is your meat as you want the veg to still be crisp.

Grace - posted on 04/18/2010

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Make a Spanish ensalada mixta (mixed salad). It has all the nutrients you need plus no cooking.

Take a huge plate or platter. Arrange at the bottom lettuce (romaine lettuce or any type of lettuce). Sprinkle some onion slices (Spanish works good, otherwise plain yellow ones are OK). Open a can of tuna, pour out the oil or brine and sprinkle tuna all over. Open a can of white (must be white!) asparagus, rinse in water to get rid of preservatives and sprinkle all over. Sprinkle slices of 2 hard boiled eggs. Sprinkle slices of cooked potatoes. Maybe olives or capers if you like (not essential). Sprinkle sliced tomatoes. Then drizzle olive oil and some form of vinegar (balsamic or white wine vinegar). Adjust taste with some sprinkling of salt and pepper. Squirt some mayonnaise on the sides of the platter. Viola!

Lydia - posted on 04/18/2010

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Of course meals are easy all it takes is a little patience up front to do your preparations...like wash, cut and prepackage veggies on the weekend so that they are redy for use when you are....also you can make great meals from left over meats....if you eat meat which does not take very long to prepare,
Lydia

Jenita - posted on 04/18/2010

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I use my crock pot and foreman grill. But when i do cook i try to do for at least 2 or 3 days, it helps me out a lot being a single mom and all.

Andrea - posted on 04/17/2010

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Try allrecipes.com they have alot of stuff on there that are easy to make!!!

Christabel - posted on 04/17/2010

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Have a range of things that you know you can cook ;rissoles, tuna mornay, pasta, stew, pizza and noodles with veg. and my second suggestion is to use pre cooked things like hot chickens, pre made burgers,pre made potato wedges, soup, and always just add veg. ddMy last idea which was born of sheer laziness on my part is to serve up fresh veg. I rarely serve cooked veg.except for roast potatoes! my kids now are very used to it and will ask for tomatoes and cucumber. But this way there is very little actually cooking involved.

Becca - posted on 04/17/2010

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oh my goodness, you poor thing! The best advice i can give you is to get simple recipes off the net or go to your nearest library. i do have some English recipes which may not appeal as this is an American website. Hang in there sweetx

Katie - posted on 04/17/2010

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I have a great twist on Baked chicken! It's awesome! Now I use a whole chicken but bone-in breast will also work. You will need some extra virgen olive oil, 3 lemons, garlic powder, basil salt and pepper. Take the insides out of the chicken and half the lemons. Rub down the chicken with the oil, then squeeze one of the lemon halfs over the chicken stuff the rest inside of the chicken. Then rub the seanisoning all over the chicken to taste. Rub a small amount more oil on the chicken. Bake at 450 degrees for about 25-35 minutes depending on the size of the chicken. I know that seems like a high temp but trust me, the skin is super crispy and chicken is juicy. For a side I like to make with this is red skin potatoes..first I cut them in quarters than I coat them with the same oil and basil and salt. Then cook at the same temp I usually put them in with the chicken. I hope you enjoy if you decided to make it. Let me know!

Anne - posted on 04/16/2010

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Amy get a crock pot, and the crock pot liners. These make clean up easier. Then google crock pot recipes. You wold be surprised what you can fix easily in a crock pot. Also if you do not have a good cook book if you can pick up one or again google to find a good cookbook. Also you can find cooking video's that will give you step by step directions.

Do you think you really hat to cook or are you just convinced you are a bad cook so you do not want to take the time?
Another thing you could do is to use "Planed Overs" If you cook twice the amount you really need for the family and put the left overs in the freezer as part of clean up, you have one fast meal that you just need to defrost, add a veggie, and a simple lettuce salsd/tomatoes and you have 2 meals.

We had a group of moms that got together once a month in our Church Kitchen and each made a meal large enough for all of the families. Then you divided the meals so that when each mom went home she had as much as 5 0r 6 meals or if they really had a lot of time they would make more than one meal. The equally divided meals were then given to each mom that had cooked.
I hope some of this helped. Also cook with fresh herbs and spices.

Julie - posted on 04/16/2010

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I cut up boneless chicken breast into strips. Lightly coat grill with cooking spray. Cook on grill and coat with bbq sauce on both sides. Be careful not to overcook it so it won't get dried out. That's the only thing I put on it, is bbq sauce. It's healthy -- like no fat! -- and my family loves it (except my 5 year old because he's too scared to try anything.) But my daughter LOVES it. I serve with rice maybe and raw vegetables.

Another tip, if you plan your meals ahead of time, you won't hate it as much, because you will know what you are going to make and won't feel so stressed. And you might have more variety because you planned a whole week of meals. I don't think there's anything wrong with the meals you mentioned. Just be careful of portion size, and stay active. Take walks with the kids, go to the park, play catch, whatever! Teach them to stay active will really help them out in life. Also watch the snacking. Snacks should be allowed, just not constantly. Maybe 1 in the afternoon and 1 in evening. Use SMALL bowls, instead of eating right out of the bag. Once your bowl is empty, that's it. My son will eat a dessert or snack and ask for another. I just say nicely "no, that's enough for now. You can have another one tomorrow." Are you drinking whole milk, 2% or skim. I switched to skim, and it tastes good to me. I'm saving 15 grams of fat a day!

Jaz - posted on 04/15/2010

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Hi there! For my "lazier" kitchen days, I usually break out the crockpot, and make chili or soup, yes its time consuming, but the end result its always delicious, and the best part, you dont have to sit there and constantly stir, or season

Shannon - posted on 04/14/2010

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I am a fan of "pizza" you can cover all the food groups and its quick and easy! Use store bought ready to bake shells (if you're looking for healthy options you can use a whole wheat shell)
Philly Cheese Steak Pizza
brown a few steak ums
(I use break away sirloin beef steak from Sam's club bc its better than steak ums)
Pizza shell
smear whole shell with ranch dressing
top with:
browned steak
mushrooms (raw or canned)
sliced raw onion
sliced raw peppers
mozerella cheese
bake at 350 until cheese melts and starts to turn slightly golden
you can also cook ur veggies with the steak if you chose I just like them better with a little crunch.

Chicken Fajita Pizza
grill or pan cook boneless chicken breasts seasoned to taste with pepper, garlic powder, salt if you like, pretty much whatever you'd like to give it taste.
cut in strips or chunks (you could also use the tyson pre cooked chicken)
pizza shell
smear salsa of choice over entire shell
top with chicken
onions (raw or cooked)
peppers (raw or cooked)
fiesta cheese (or any type of mexican mix)
bake at 350 until cheese melts and starts to turn slightly golden
use sour cream as a dip for the slices
as a variation you can top the cooked pizza with sour cream shredded lettuce and tomatoes

I have other pizza suggestions too but I'll leave you with these 2 for now!

Kimberly - posted on 04/14/2010

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Hi Amy,
Check out my section on large scale recipes. They can Easily be cut down to serve only a couple of people if you need them to. I have been cooking for so many years and iv'e just gotten to the point that I do it all day and I don't want to do it at home! So I try to cook as quickly and easily as I can.
The only thing bad with this is, my sweetie will not eat it at all. He was a bachelor for so many years and never cooked for himself. One time he got severe food poisoning and now, If it doesn't come from a bag, a can, a box, freezer or fast food...He will not eat it. Kind of insulting to my cooking background, but if he can tolerate it and stay super slim...more power to him!! LOL Makes me want to force feed him cake and cookies though!! LOL
If you find yourself cooking the same things over and over, try dressing them up differently. Instead of spaghetti...try alfredo. Instead of baked chicken...try stuffed chicken. If you guys like kielbasa, try my recipe on the large scale section, for kielbasa and red sauce, just cut my measurements in half.
Hope this helps.

Amy - posted on 04/14/2010

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Andrea & Kristen both sound very yummy:)
Thank you so much for helping me out and i do have a George Forman my brother bought for me several years ago that i forgot all about..guess it's time for me to pull out of the basement Thanks again.....

Andrea - posted on 04/13/2010

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I use the George Forman Grill alot... it is pretty fast and easy clean up. You can do quick chicken, steaks, hamburgers, and even fish (that one sometimes sticks so i dont' do it much)!!! With some fresh veggies or some frozen veggies (make it faster) is pretty good!!! Another easy one that I do when on the go is a box of Aul Grotten (sry bad speller) and some hamburger and you got a simple hamburger helper!!! Hope this helps!!!

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