Friday, September 13, 2013

Homemade Healthier “Hamburger Helper”

Hamburger helper reminds me of babysitting when I was a teenager. Its a crowd pleaser, even for small children, and easy enough for a teenager to prepare. Well who knew it was just as easy to prepare without the pre-packaged box of ingredients?
  • 1-1/4 lb lean ground turkey
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 2 cups dry farfalle pasta Whole grain 
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mexican cheese blend
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey and cook until browned, breaking meat apart with a wooden spoon while it cooks.
  2. Add the milk, water, pasta, cornstarch, and spices; stir to combine. Bring to a boil and turn the heat down to low and simmer. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente. Add the cheese and stir to combine. Serve immediately
Question: Did you eat hamburger helper growing up as a kid?

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