Healthy hamburger helper is not an oxymoron, I promise you. Have you ever had the prepackaged stuff and wondered “is hamburger helper healthy?” Well, since I prefer to keep things healthy I avoid the traditional kind and opt for this healthy hamburger helper recipe instead.
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Healthy Hamburger Helper Recipe with Ground Turkey
What You Will Need (Full Printable Recipe Available Below)
- 1 lb organic ground turkey
- 6 oz veggie pasta (measured dry)
- 3/4 cup dairy free Alfredo sauce
Along with eating clean and trying to keep my family eating healthy I also see a nutritionist. To make a long story short he runs a full blood panel and can see where my body is lacking things or has an abundance etc. Then we take this info and use food as a sort of medicine to address any issues. For example, my thyroid is a mess, my glutamine is extremely low, and my hormones are a mess. To keep it simple, my current diet now includes more cashews and less almonds. More pork, and less chicken. No wheat, gluten, dairy, soy or refined sugars.
Clean Eating Basic
Continuing on, and rewinding at the same time – I mention that this is a clean eating recipe because I am all about eating healthy and clean eating. If you are new to a clean eating way of life then you need to check out Everything You Need to Know about a Clean Eating Diet. You can also see how I lost 50 lbs and am keeping it off by following a clean eating diet here: How I Lost 50 Lbs Clean Eating. I tend to try different things and mix different flavors to keep meals healthy and tasty.
How to Make Healthy Homemade Hamburger Helper
This kid approved hamburger helper recipe only required three simple ingredients. Ground turkey, veggie pasta and dairy free alfredo sauce. We will also use a little avocado oil to prevent sticking, so if you count that, then four ingredients.
- Have you heard of this brand of veggie pasta? Its from Free to Eat and doesn’t have any added ingredients or chemicals or weird stuff. There are a few different veggie combos, and I’m using the red lentil, pumpkin and squash for this recipe. You can get this healthy veggie pasta online here: Vegetable Pasta.
- I’m also a big fan of this dairy free Alfredo sauce from Primal Kitchen. It has a cashew base and looks a bit gelatinous when it comes out of the jar but trust me, its delicious. You can get it here: Alfredo sauce. If you are a member of Thrive Market you can also get these both there.
- Lastly, ground turkey. Try to find organic, grass fed if possible.
Making Healthy Hamburger Helper
First, cook your veggie pasta according to the directions on the box. While the pasta is cooking you can begin cooking your ground turkey in a skillet on the stove. Use a wooden spoon to break up the turkey as it cooks.
Once the ground turkey is fully cooked remove from the heat.
Drain your cooked veggie pasta. I love this mesh strainer for this.
Add your cooked pasta to the skillet with the ground turkey. Next, add the dairy free Alfredo sauce to the skillet and mix your homemade healthy hamburger helper thoroughly. Heat on low for about a minute as your mix.
This simple healthy alternative to hamburger helper is a staple in our home. The kids love it and my husband does too. They actually said “there’s just something about this, I can’t stop eating it”. Sometimes I will also add a handful of peas to the mix for a little color and more veggies. Easy to make, family loves it and its healthy: win-win!
If you are curious about calories and the macro breakdown for a serving go this healthy hamburger helper recipe you will also notice that its packed with protein as well as veggies!
Looking for more recipes using gluten free pasta? Check these out: Gluten Free Pasta Recipes.
- 6 oz veggie pasta
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 3/4 cup dairy free alfredo sauce
- Cook veggie pasta according to directions on the box.
- Cook ground turkey in skillet on stove until browned.
- Drain pasta
- Combine pasta, ground turkey and alfredo
- Serve and enjoy
Optional - add peas for additional veggies and color
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 429Total Fat: 6.8gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 186.7mgSodium: 486.7mgCarbohydrates: 40.8gFiber: 3gSugar: 1.5gProtein: 51.3g