This is a favorite from my childhood that is a homemade version since the Hamburger Helper folks stopped making it a few years ago... I'm shocked at how easy it was to make, but am thrilled to be able to make this for my family now!
1 lb ground beef
1 envelope of onion soup mix
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper
4 tbsp soy sauce
1 1/4 cup rice
water (depending on the type of rice you use)
Brown the ground beef in a skillet. Add the onion soup mix, garlic powder, black pepper, soy sauce, rice, and water... cover it, let it cook, and you're done! I served it with green beans to my family, but it would easily go with a salad or our Crunchy Coleslaw too.
* I mixed my spices and soup mix into the water before adding it to the pan so that I made sure there wouldn't be any dry clumps of the soup mix.
** IF you use Minute Rice or any 5 minute cooking instance rice -- use 1 1/4 cup of water or maybe 1 1/2 because I added a little bit more -- and let it cook for 5 minutes covered.
*** IF you use a long grain rice or a 20 minute cooking rice -- you'll use 4 cups of water. Let it cook for 20-30 minutes covered over medium heat, and you're ready to eat!