A Healthified Homemade “Hamburger Helper” for the Kiddos

So Baby E has been on a protein strike. She’ll eat eggs, peanut butter, yogurt, and rosemary ham (yup, she’s a ham snob) but that’s about it as of late. Being that she can eat some dairy but her and dairy aren’t best friends I really wanted to find a way to get some more protein into her that didn’t involve lots of milk and cheese. I found a recipe for a homemade version of Hamburger Helper and decided to give in a whirl with a few tweaks. It was a HUGE hit. I would include a photo but really, it’s hard enough to photograph food, let alone a soupy, meaty dish. So instead I’ll include a cute pic of her eating it.

Hamburger Helper

“And….I love it.” – Baby E

The original recipe called for milk, I switched it out for almond milk (almond milk is a great substitute for milk in most recipes) and I switched up a few spices to make it more toddler friendly (read less chili powder and paprika, and no cayenne pepper as many recipes call for). I also cut back on the amount of cheese, and found it to be creamy and lovely all the same.

1/2 lb Ground beef, browned

1/2 C Hot water

1 C Almond Milk

3/4 C Pasta of Choice (substitute gluten free varieties as needed)

1/2 T Corn Starch

1/2 T Chili Powder

2 Cloves Fresh Garlic, Minced

1/2 T Paprika

1/2 t Sugar

1/2 t Salt

1 C Shredded Cheese (we used sharp cheddar)

Mix spices and corn starch together.

Brown the beef and drain the oil. Add hot water and almond milk, along with spice mix and minced garlic. Add in pasta and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes, add in cheese, and simmer for 2 additional minutes. Test the pasta to see if it is tender, and when it is, voila! A Baby E approved kid friendly meal. We served this with green beans and pears for dessert. All was well received.

I’d love to know how you and your little ones like it!









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