Do you ever have those days when you forget to make dinner? Yea…..me too.  Mom of the year right??  I stumbled upon this dish because I NEEDED something for my kids to eat and had all the ingredients and MAN oh MAN this a keeper!! They gobbled it up like nobody’s business!

And seriously, it couldn’t have been any easier – about 20 minutes start to finish!

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HEALTHY HOMEMADE HAMBURGER HELPER

{ INGREDIENTS }

  • 1 pound ground turkey or lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk *may need a little extra at the end
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups uncooked whole wheat macaroni
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

You can get creative too – if your kids are picky eaters, puree up some veggies to add in to the sauce (may need extra liquid to compensate)!!!  Think green or red peppers, spinach…endless possibilities!

{ INSTRUCTIONS }

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Brown the ground turkey or beef, onion, paprika, parsley, and garlic powder. If using a ground beef with a higher fat content add in the seasonings after draining the grease.
  2. Stir in the almond milk, broth, macaroni and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  3. Stir in cheddar cheese until melted – as the cheese melts, you may need to add more milk or water to desired consistency.

21 Day Fix Containers: 1 cup approximately = 1 yellow (1/2 cup pasta), 1 red (3/4 cup protein), 1 blue (1/3 cup cheese)

Recipe adapted from countrysidecravings.com