Healthy Dinner in a Flash — Homemade Hamburger Helper

One-pot meals are super convenient and easy to make, but not always healthy – except this one is! This healthy take on "Hamburger Helper" is gluten-free and dairy-free, full of real-food ingredients with a taste kids love!

{Please welcome the talented Tessa the Domestic Diva.  She is bringing us an amazing Homemade Hamburger Helper – Beef Skillet.  

Fast dinner without the box and the chemical ick!}

As a mom, I absolutely ADORE one pot (or skillet) meals! They are convenient and super easy to clean up.

As a child, I loved all the variations of Hamburger Helper…but today the frightening ingredient list means even withOUT allergies, I would not choose to feed those boxes to my family.

But the convenience is oh so tempting!

I mean, dinner in a flash?  I need that so much of the time!

So how to make this a REAL FOOD meal?

One-pot meals are super convenient and easy to make, but not always healthy – except this one is! This healthy take on "Hamburger Helper" is gluten-free and dairy-free, full of real-food ingredients with a taste kids love!

Come with me, and I will show you an easy way to make every kiddo happy with a yummy dinner that is also healthy.

You may also want to check out a couple other of my one skillet meals:

One-pot meals are super convenient and easy to make, but not always healthy – except this one is! This healthy take on "Hamburger Helper" is gluten-free and dairy-free, full of real-food ingredients with a taste kids love!

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5.0 from 5 reviews
Homemade Hamburger Helper
 
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: gluten-free, dairy-free
Serves: 6
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One-pot meals are super convenient and easy to make, but not always healthy – except this one is! This healthy take on "Hamburger Helper" is gluten-free and dairy-free, full of real-food ingredients with a taste kids love!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon EACH paprika, parsley, oregano, garlic powder, salt
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste for extra umami = flavor (optional), my husband and I added hot chili sauce as well.
  • 1½ cup favorite milk (Use unsweetened; coconut or almond are my favorites. Here are Easy Homemade Almond, Homemade Coconut and Homemade Rice Milk)
  • 1½ cup beef broth (I use my own homemade beef bone broth for added nutrition benefits. You can also buy it here. In a pinch, use this Homemade Vegetable Broth.)
  • 2⅓ cups gluten free noodles, I use Trader Joes Brown Rice Spirals, or Tinkiyada. Use “zoodles” or Miracle Noodles for a low-carb option.
  • 1 cup allowed cheddar cheese (I used Daiya Cheddar Shreds)
  • 1-2 teaspoons gluten-free Worcestershire sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat a 10? skillet with a tight fitting lid over medium heat.
  2. Add in your ground beef and diced onion, brown.
  3. Add in all the spices.
  4. Stir in the liquids and noodles.
  5. Bring to a gentle simmer, cover, and turn the heat to low.
  6. Simmer about 10-15 minutes until the noodles are tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  7. Remove from the heat, vent the lid, and let rest to absorb the remaining liquid for about 5 minutes.
  8. Stir in the cheese and Worcestershire, taste, add more salt if necessary, enjoy!


There it is.

Dinner in a flash.

No chemicals.

Au naturel.

Yum.

Make it tonight :)!

What’s your favorite “ready in a flash” meal?

 

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  1. Love it! I’m usually not a huge fan of Daiya but this tastes great. I made it yesterday so it’s been in the fridge overnight and reheated and doesn’t taste like there are modifications.

  2. This was SO good. My picky husband rated it an “8 out of 10,” and my equally picky 4-year old had 3 helpings! It was quick and easy to make, and the flavor was great. My sauce / liquid came out grainy though. The dried spices didn’t absorb with the liquid, and the sauce ended up clumpy instead of smooth/creamy. How can I fix this?

    • I am glad you liked it. Hmmm…I don’t know. Hasn’t happened to me but perhaps blend the spice w/ the liquid first before cooking?

  3. Callie Schuyler says:

    Yummmmm! Comfort food:) thank You!

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