Healthy Hamburger Helper
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Yield: 4
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.
  • 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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