Monday, February 1, 2010

Mom's healthy hamburger helper

Here's the recipe I promised. Oh look! It calls for 1 pound ground meat! Imagine that, now this recipe is under 20 minutes! Yipee!

Healthy hamburger helper

1 lb. cooked, seasoned ground meat (beef, turkey, chicken, buffalo) yes, we have ground buffalo around here!
2 cups uncooked pasta - this is a what you have noodle, I use mostly whole, wheat macaroni but have used whatever noodle I have around. I have even used a jumble of leftover pastas before to use them up! Broken up spaghetti also works.
1 16 oz can diced or whole tomatoes - I use my home canned. If you use whole tomatoes, cut them up.
1 cup frozen corn or one can drained corn - used mixed veggies if you like
2 cups water
dash salt and garlic powder
sprinkle with pepper
1 to 1 1/2 cups diced velveeta cheese or 5-6 slices of american cheese - do not use the singles that are in plastic wrap, this won't melt well

In a skillet, crumble the meat and cook until hot. Add the pasta, tomatoes, water, corn and seasonings. Bring to a simmer, place the cheese on top. Cover and cook on simmer for about 15 minutes until the pasta is al dente. Uncover and simmer for about 5 minutes until the sauce thickens a bit. It will continue to thicken after you remove it from the heat.

Serve with a green salad or a fruit salad and you have a very healthy, low fat meal for just a little money! Better than the drive-thru!

This will serve about 6 very large servings. You can cut in half if you have a small family by just cutting the pasta and water by half or you can double but use a very large skillet.

It makes great leftovers for lunches.

Have a great day!

1 comment:

  1. Valve Eater is a no-no at our house. One ounce has 4g sat fat, 25g cholesterol and 410mg sodium.