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.

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So how to make this a REAL FOOD meal?

Come with me, and I will show you an easy way to make every kiddo happy with a yummy dinner!

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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Homemade Hamburger Helper
 
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: gluten-free, dairy-free
Serves: 6
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
 
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!

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!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. Thanks Adrienne! Always happy to share a recipe over here….we had this for dinner again last night, yum!

  2. This looks fantastic! My family loves chili mac, and this looks like a great variation. I like the idea of a creamier sauce. I’ll have to add this to the meal plan soon!

  3. This looks really good – will have to make it for dinner this weekend!

  4. I love Tessa’s other skillets meals, I can’t wait to make this one – I’m sure it will be just as good :)

    -Cassidy

  5. I’m a bit concerned about the adding of Worcestershire sauce, Doesn’t it contain corn syrup? I LOVE it, from many years ago, but after going natural and organic, read the ingredient list and almost fainted with horror at all the horribly ‘toxic’ things in it. I guess I’ll have to read it again, in case I’m wrong ( a slim possibility, but to be sure….. ;-)! joking!!!

    • Hi Carol! Certainly check your ingredient labels…some are are definitely more questionable than others. I use an organic one that has nothing too. Terrifying the ingredient list….but good news is, you can leave the worthiest ire out all together if you like, juts add additional salt if you think it needs it!

  6. Hi Tessa,

    This recipe looks amazing! I was raised on box Hamburger Helper. But I would never make that stuff for my family. I’m making this next week for dinner. I try to do one or two pasta dishes each week, but been running out of ideas. Amazing recipe my friend. Thank you!!

    Hugs,
    –Am

  7. Noelle a says:

    As soon as I saw this I made it for dinner. So good!!! Tastes just like hamburger helper. I did add only half the salt and wow! I cannot wait to make it again.

  8. I come from a big family, so my mom always cooked from scratch to save money. Pretty sure the first time I had hamburger helper, I was in college. And of course I thought they were the greatest things ever. That was back when I only spent about $20 on groceries a week! Now, I’m pretty sure I couldn’t stomach the things, but a homemade version is kind of fun!

  9. Yum! This look delicious! I am definitely going to try this!

  10. This looks GREAT. I love one pot meals too, and having a recipe means I could actually make it again instead of “yea. I don’t really remember what I put in there….”

    Thanks!

  11. Skillet meals are our friends per sure! Did you already try to reheat leftovers in microwave?

  12. Courtney says:

    Great recipe! I am 6 months pregs and was CRAVING hamburger helper… I don’t know why. I never really would eat it before, but anyway… I love, love, love this dish. I did not want to consume the myriad of chemicals that come with the hamburger helper, so this was perfect. I made mine full gluten and with dairy, but I feel so much better that I did not eat that boxed stuff. Thanks!

  13. This recipe was a real winner tonight… I love hamburger helper but I get frustrated with any meal from a box – there’s always so much extra crap! I made mine with the ordered gluten-free pasta, lean ground chicken, almond milk, low fat cheddar cheese (chef’s discretion! I added an extra cup!!), mine finished up with some kick (sriracha!!) and a real cheese taste that the box stuff seemed to lack! I will definitely make this again…

  14. loved this! Thanks so much for a quick meal I can add to our regular line up! Didn’t use any cheese, worchestershire sauce or tomato but added about 1 tsp nutritional yeast and 1-2tsp coconut aminos. I even got the onion diced fine enough to fool my 4 year old!

  15. Made this for the 3rd time tonight and it was once again a hit! The whole family loves this dish! Thank you for sharing!

  16. Help! Pinned this to make tonight and the recipe is missing when I am on this page. Anyone have a copy they can send me?

    • Yikes – sorry I am just seeing this now. I know I have work being done on recipes but I don’t know why this is happening. Getting it fixed for you now.

  17. Do you think the sauce will thicken/absorb if no cheese is used?

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