Healthy Hamburger Helper

December 19, 2013

in Dinner in a Dash, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Recipes

Healthy Hamburger Helper -

Hamburger helper isn’t something I grew up with, but I know a lot of people did. I sure did wish we got it every once in a while, as it is quite delicious, but its so salty and contains a lot of unpronounceable ingredients. I’m also pretty sure the powdered mix would not be gluten free, as most gravies and sauces use wheat flour as a thickener.

Hubby has had hamburger helper a lot more than me in his lifetime, and he said this was a pretty close duplicate from what he remembers.

So if you want that cheesy, beefy taste, this is a great recipe to have.  While its higher in fat with using ground beef, it really does add to the authentic taste.  Alternatively, you could use ground turkey or chicken. A ground veggie substitute would also work great too if you eat gluten (as most are made with wheat gluten).

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I think the kids would really dig this as well!

Healthy Hamburger Helper
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Hamburger Helper is salty and contains a lot of unpronounceable ingredients. But not this Healthy Hamburger Helper! This version is gluten free and contains natural ingredients.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Yield: 4
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup mushroom, sliced
  • 300 g ground lean beef (I used Kirkland Organic Ground Lean Beef, 80% lean, 20% fat) For lower fat, use lean ground turkey or chicken
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 oz cheddar, shredded (1 cup shredded. I used Tillamook Cheddar.)
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp gluten-free flour (or flour of choice)
  • ½ cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
For the beef mixture
  1. In a skillet on the stove, brown meat. Once almost browned, add in onions, mushroom, salt & pepper and cook until onions are translucent. Meanwhile, prepare the cheese sauce.
For the cheese sauce
  1. Melt butter in microwave (1 min) or on stove.
  2. Add flour and whisk until smooth. Add in milk. Microwave (or simmer) for 1 minute.
  3. Add cheese, whisk some more until combined. If microwaving, nuke it for 30 more seconds.
  4. Pour cheese sauce over beef mixture and stir until combined.
  5. Serve with whole grain or gluten free pasta, or spaghetti squash for lower carb. I used gluten free spaghetti in the photo.
Serving size: ¾ cup Calories: 278 Fat: 19.5 g Carbs: 6 g Sugar: 0.4 g Sodium: 313 mg Fiber: 1.3 g Protein: 19 g

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  • jajobray

    I made this for supper tonight and even doubled the recipe to have enough for the whole family (3 teenage boys + 2 adults) . I liked the fact that it was easy and quick to make. The bonus is that the whole family loved it. My youngest son who is a picky eater, complains at every meal and usually takes an hour to finish his meal…sometimes two… gorged it pretty quickly. My teenager whom usually eats everything but mushroom is not his favorite went for seconds. Thank you for another healthy recipe to add to the collection.

  • nkaras

    Would this dish freeze well? Thank you!

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Yes, I think it would freeze great!

  • Carime

    Any ideas on how to modify this recipe without the cheese?

    • Carime

      Or can I use Daiya cheese as a substitute?

    • Kristine Fretwell

      For a dairy free modification, Daiya should work great!

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