Healthy Dinner in a Flash — Homemade Hamburger Helper

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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!

{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!

Homemade Hamburger Helper

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

Instead of the packets of who knows what in an overpriced box in the store, you can pull together whole food ingredients from your kitchen to easily make up this homemade hamburger helper that is super nutritious and fits almost any special diet.

You can even use grain-free noodles or spiralized noodles to make this a grain-free, low carb meal.

So save money and keep your family healthy with this fabulous option for an easy meal that's sure to please both kids and adults alike.

Besides this Homemade Hamburger Helper, 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

Preparation 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Serves 6     adjust servings

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
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste for extra umami = flavor (optional), my husband and I added hot chili sauce as well.
  • 1 1/2 cup favorite milk (Use unsweetened; coconut or almond are my favorites. Here are Easy Homemade Almond, Homemade Coconut and Homemade Rice Milk)
  • 1 1/2 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.)
  • 2 1/3 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!

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6 reviews


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. I’m making it now as is….sauce is VERY YUMMY. Perfect seasoning. I’ll try adding cauliflower for the next batch. Will definitely make this again!

  2. Has anyone tried replacing the noodles with cauliflower?

  3. We love this meal! Do you think if I doubled the recipe, that it would freeze/thaw well? Have you ever tried it? With a third baby coming soon I am trying to find some GF/DF recipes to freeze ahead of time!

  4. I love one pot meals, I make them when I have stuff to use up. This recipe looks tasty though it’s lacking in veggies so I would add a bunch of them. Some of the best dishes I’ve made have been non-recipe dinners! Experiment and have fun in the kitchen.
    Namaste

  5. Adding the noodles into the beef mixture is a huge no-no. The noodles did not fully cook because the beef absorbed all the broth, and they ended up stuck to the bottom of the pot as I tried to finish them up. Wasted about two pounds of fresh ground beef.

    • Oh no! I haven’t had anyone say that before. I’ll ask the author of the post to chime in.

    • Bummer Alex! I have made this more times than I can count, and I always follow this method. Meat should not absorb a lot of liquid, so I am not sure what happened in your case. Extra liquid could have remedied your problem, but that doesn’t help you now, I know. Sorry!

  6. Callie Schuyler says:

    Yummmmm! Comfort food:) thank You!

  7. 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?

  8. 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.