Now that the cold weather has hit, our supper meals are dominated by warm, comforting and nutritious recipes that are – key word – EASY for me to throw together. This One-Pot Healthy Hamburger Helper Recipe has become a staple for Fall and Winter weeknights. It’s easy, quick (only 4 steps) and makes a great freezer meal for even busier nights when I don’t have to cook.
What I love about this recipe is that it combines protein-rich foods with veggies and whole grain pasta, making a nutritionally balanced meal! I usually have some raw veggies and dip or a salad on the side regardless, but you can consider this recipe a balanced supper if you wish!
This Homemade Hamburger Helper is Way Better than Store-bought
I’m sure many of you remember having boxed “Hamburger Helper” as a kid. Although nostalgic and for some, delicious, this type of ultra-processed food shouldn’t make its way into your (or your kids’) diet often. The thing is, ultra-processed, packaged foods are often extremely high in sodium, have a long list of preservatives and additives to render it more shelf-stable and cheaper. Plus, artificial flavours and colours to make it look and taste more appealing.
Not only this, but these processed meals seriously lack nutrition—something that kids need A LOT of for growth and development. Bottom line: we should be filling our kids’ plates with whole foods and nutritious processed foods (eg cheese and jarred tomato sauce) first. It’s okay to offer ultra-processed foods once in a while. On that note, here is my list of the top five processed foods I do serve to my kids!
This Homemade Hamburger Helper offers a whole-food twist on an old favourite, that you can feel good about feeding your kids (and eating!).