This homemade hamburger helper tastes even better than the original and uses only real food ingredients! In under 30 minutes, you can have a totally gluten free and dairy free meal the whole family will love!
As a mom, I absolutely ADORE one pot (or skillet) meals! They are convenient and super easy to clean up. And let’s be honest…we could all use a little more easy in our live….am I right?!
As a child, I loved all the variations of Hamburger Helper...but today the frightening ingredient list means even withOUT allergies, I would not choose to feed those boxes of processed nastiness to my family.
Hamburger Helper Ingredients and why you should avoid it too!!
- INGREDIENTS: ENRICHED PASTA (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, FERROUS SULFATE, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID),CORN STARCH, MALTODEXTRIN, SALT, ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), HYDROLIZED VEGETABLE PROTEIN (SOY, CORN, WHEAT), ONION POWER, MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE, COLORS (CARAMEL COLOR, YELLOW 5 LAKE, YELLOW 5),PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN AND COTTONSEED OIL,SPICE, NATURAL FLAVOR,MONOGLYCERIDES,SUGAR, BEEF STOCK, YEAST EXTRACT,DISODIUM GUANYLATE, DISODIUM INOSINATE, SULFITING AGENTS,
I mean, where even to begin with this list of garbage ingredients?!
- The wheat, corn, soy, and sugar ingredients are undoubtedly GMO, meaning plenty of Round Up residue to go with your hamburger. No thanks!
- MSG (monsodium glutamate) is a chemical added to food to ‘enhance’ its flavor. Lots of people have adverse reactions to it….steer clear of things made in a lab!
- Food dyes?!! I am hard pressed to figure out why any sort of additional chemical coloring is necessary in ANY food. Gross.
- Sulfites – another one that acts as a preservative so the food can last for ions on the store shelves. A lot of people have sensitivities to it, PASS.
So how to make this a REAL FOOD meal? Come with me, and I will show you an easy way to make every kiddo happy with a yummy 30 minute dinner!
You may also want to check out a couple other of my one skillet meals:
Homemade Hamburger Helper – Gluten & Dairy Free Recipe:
Homemade Hamburger Helper Beef Noodle Skillet - Gluten & Dairy Free
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 cup onion diced
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons tomato paste for extra umami = flavor, optional, my husband and I added hot chili sauce as well.
- 1 1/2 cup milk (Use unsweetened; coconut or almond are my favorites.
- 1 1/2 cup beef broth (I use my own homemade beef bone broth for added nutrition benefits
- 2 1/3 cups gluten free noodles I use Trader Joes Brown Rice Spirals, or Tinkiyada.
- 1 cup cheddar cheese I used Daiya Cheddar Shreds
- 1-2 teaspoons gluten-free Worcestershire sauce
Add in your ground beef and diced onion, brown.
Add in all the spices.
Stir in the liquids and noodles.
Bring to a gentle simmer, cover, and turn the heat to low.
Simmer about 10-15 minutes until the noodles are tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
Remove from the heat, vent the lid, and let rest to absorb the remaining liquid for about 5 minutes.
Stir in the cheese and Worcestershire, taste, add more salt if necessary, enjoy!