meal makeover: hamburger helper.

by Janetha on February 16, 2012

in recipes

i always wondered why hamburger helper’s mascot was a three-fingered glove man.

image (source: bettycrocker.com)

maybe because he is lending a helping hand? but why only three fingers? last time i checked, the majority of humans had four fingers. to be honest, he kinda creeps me out. i don’t think i would want his three-fingered helping hand to have any part in making my dinner.

anyway, creepy mascot aside, i tried to see which version of hamburger helper the recipe i am going to share with you compared to. i quickly found that there were at least four (of their 40 flavors) that were basically the same thing: beef pasta, salisbury steak, creamy stroganoff, and cheesy beef pasta. i mean, i am sure they all have different ingredients, but i am almost certain they all taste the same. they are all described as “pasta & hearty sauce”—and that’s definitely what my recipe is.

but healthy.

hhh

servings: 4
total time: 30 minutes

ingredients:

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled & minced (or 1 T jarred)
  • 1 leek, diced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, diced
  • 12 oz ground beef (i used top sirloin)
  • 1 T dried oregano
  • 1 T dried parsley
  • 1/2 t sea salt
  • 1/2 t black pepper
  • 6 oz elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 T cornstarch + 2 T water, mixed
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup plain nonfat chobani greek yogurt
  • hot sauce and additional yogurt, for garnish (optional)

directions:

  1. heat a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat and coat with cooking spray. add garlic and sauté for a minute or two.
  2. dice the leek and mushrooms.
  3. add these veggies to the skillet and sauté for a few minutes.
  4. if you are grinding your own beef, do this now. i use my food processor to grind my own beef.
  5. add the ground beef, oreganoa, parsley, salt, and pepper to the skillet and sauté until it is cooked through.
  6. add noodles, broth, and water to the skillet. turn heat to high and bring to a boil.
  7. once it is boiling, cover the skillet and reduce heat to low. simmer until noodles are cooked through, about 8 minutes.
  8. pour the cornstarch+water mixture into the skillet and stir to combine.
  9. add nutritional yeast and stir to combine.
  10. add yogurt and stir to combine.
  11. if necessary, simmer on low until any remaining liquid absorbs.
  12. serve immediately, garnishing with additional yogurt and hot sauce, if desired.

step-by-step photo tutorial:

heat a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat and coat with cooking spray. add garlic and sauté for a minute or two.

dice the leek and mushrooms.

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add these veggies to the skillet and sauté for a few minutes.

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if you are grinding your own beef, do this now. i use my food processor to grind my own beef.

add the ground beef, oregano, parsley, salt, and pepper to the skillet and sauté until it is cooked through.

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add noodles, broth, and water to the skillet. turn heat to high and bring to a boil.

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once it is boiling, cover the skillet and reduce heat to low. simmer until noodles are cooked through, about 8 minutes.

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pour the cornstarch+water mixture into the skillet and stir to combine.

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add nutritional yeast and stir to combine.

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add yogurt and stir to combine.

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if necessary, simmer on low until any remaining liquid absorbs.

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serve immediately, garnishing with additional yogurt and hot sauce, if desired.

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this recipe makes four GENEROUS servings.

nutrition stats (calculated on thedailyplate.com):

while this dish isn’t the prettiest by any means, it sure does taste fantastic!

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sorry, creepy hamburger helper glove man, we won’t be needing your help any time soon.

check out previous meal makeovers:

if you have a favorite meal you’d like me to makeover, please let me know!

ALSO, i updated my recipe page with over 75 new recipes! well, they are not new, but they were not on the page previously. i am so bad at organization and documentation.

anyway, i added a bunch of recipe links to the meals page and also added some how-to links. check it out if you want!

xo. janetha g.

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Sharon L Knight May 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm

well that is not a half cup dry yeast maybe 1 tsp. yeast and rest water. if a person put that much yeast it self your belly would swell

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janetha @ meals & moves May 15, 2012 at 10:14 am

Not dry yeast, NUTRITIONAL yeast. They are very different things!

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Mary June 24, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Can you please explain to me what “nutritional yeast” is?
Sorry but I’ve never heard of it .
Thank you

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Mary June 24, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Sorry but I should have read all the comments before I wrote mine.

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janetha @ meals & moves June 25, 2012 at 8:55 am

No worries! Glad you found the link :) xo

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Sharon Rybak August 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Too darn much work….I’ll buy the mix and add as needed!!

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Janetha August 18, 2012 at 1:47 pm

The mix isn’t healthy–that’s the whole point of a recipe re-do :)

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Joana February 20, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Could a person use ground turkey for this?

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Janetha February 20, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Yes! Definitely!

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Sam May 9, 2013 at 4:34 pm

I <3 this recipe. So good!

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