This Healthier Homemade Hamburger Helper is a delicious one-pot spin off on one of your favourite childhood meals, and it’s loaded with extra veggies!
Oh hey there!
I’ve just classed up your favourite childhood dinner to make it healthier and more wholesome – I mean, why not end the week with a one pot meal and a little bit of wine, right?💁🏼🍷
This Healthier Homemade Hamburger Helper is loaded with extra veggies, made with whole wheat pasta and you can even sub in some ground chicken or turkey for the ground beef if you’re looking to make this casserole extra lean.
As a kid, my mom never ever let us have Hamburger Helper. I feel like it’s a cornerstone of my childhood that I’m missing out on. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that Hamburger Helper and the like is probably the type of meal you serve your kids when you have just given up for the day and are too tired to function, not necessarily a treat you should look forward to.
But I’ve got a real penchant for junk food. Honestly, I used to look forward to eating TV dinners and ramen noodles as a kid. My mom insisted on homemade and healthy for literally every single meal (except for the odd time she took us to McDonald’s when my dad went away on a business trip…) so I always felt like the odd one out among my friends. I had to wait for a visit to my grandma’s in order to get my fill of crap food (mostly because my grandma couldn’t cook LOL).
Like, even as a healthy food blogger these days, my guilty pleasure is processed food. I kid you not, I once ate a whole box of Kraft Dinner (the Canadian version of Mac n Cheese) by myself for lunch on Christmas Day because it was my cheat day and I wanted to finally give in to my cravings. I don’t know where my love of trashed up boxed food comes from, but all I know is that I’m here for it.😂
Just like I’m here for this Healthier Homemade Hamburger Helper.
Healthierrrrrrrrr being the operative term. Like, I really can’t promise you that you will lose weight or reach your personal fitness goals with this recipe (or any of my recipes for that matter LOL) but I can tell you that you can feel less guilty about indulging your guilty pleasures if they are anything at all like mine.
You don’t have to worry about all the preservatives that come along with boxed foods like this, and you can still spend a lot less time in the kitchen, making less of a mess at that, because this Healthier Homemade Hamburger Helper is a one-pot recipe.🙌🏼Also, like I love doing with just about everything, I highly recommend you add in ALL the veggies in your fridge. Seriously.
I think my vegetable addiction is actually handy in that it often combats my cravings for processed food. I end up spending way too much time in the produce section of the grocery store so it keeps me out of the aisles where all the delicious carb-heavy packages of pre-made foods are calling my name.