I grew up loving all the "meal helper’ products that were first introduced in the 70’s. And after college when I was responsible for making my own meals, I realized that some of the “cheesy powders” and other pre-mixed ingredients probably weren’t the healthiest things to eat – especially because I couldn’t tell what was really in them.
But it wasn’t just the taste that I loved, it was also the convenience of cooking everything in one skillet. After learning how to cook with whole or less-processed ingredients, I started to create my own homemade version of a “helper” dish which has become my go-to main dish to make any day of the week.
It’s hearty, satisfying and filled with ingredients that everybody in the family loves – even kids!