When my husband and I were first married we bought Hamburger Helper boxed meals because they were easy. As the years went by I realized those were not the healthiest meals. So, I learned to make my own versions from scratch. Now I can make our favorites with whole food ingredients without much more effort than making a boxed meal. For example, one of our favorites is hamburger mac & cheese.
I usually serve this meal with a vegetable like green beans and a fruit. While my son with allergies can’t eat this, I have been making him a creamy noodle version that doesn’t include cheese but does use non-dairy milk and rice noodles.
If you would like to make a big pot of hamburger mac & cheese, here is my recipe. This makes a lot, so you may want to cut it in half if you have a small family. On the off chance that we have leftovers, I reheat them in a pan on the stove and add a little milk.