Growing up, our food was pretty simple. Dad was a meat and potatoes kind of guy, so that’s what Mom fixed. I never had Hamburger Helper or Rice-A-Roni until I was in college. The first time I tried it, I fell promptly in love. How yummy! How easy! How…fattening!
Now that I’m a lot more weight and health conscious, I really try to avoid eating too much processed junk like that, but I admit to still craving my hamburger helper every once in a while. This week, I decided to try my hand at making it myself. It was pretty good, if I do say so myself!
I call this Trim Healthy Hamburger Helper since it’s Trim Healthy Mama friendly. Made with Dreamfield’s elbows, it falls within S guidelines, so feel free to serve up a yummy S dessert with it!
A box of Dreamfields elbow noodles, cooked according to package directions
Ragu No Sugar Added Spaghetti Sauce (about half a jar)
1 pound of ground beef, crumbled and browned
1 can of diced tomatoes
salt and pepper
1 small container of Mexican crema, like this:
In a saucepan, combine the ground beef, spaghetti sauce, can of tomatoes, italian seasoning, and a little water. Simmer to desired consistency. Mix in the crema – the combo of the cream and the sauce will give you that gorgeous orange color of typical cheeseburger macaroni . Then add the sauce to the noodles, mixing thoroughly Sprinkle a good dose of parmesan over it and add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!