I’ll admit it.
I love Hamburger Helper.
There. I said it.
But I haven’t had it in years! Years, I tell you! But there is something about that salty, cheesy goodness that I just couldn’t get enough of in college. I was obsessed with their stroganoff and chili mac flavors. 5 servings per box? Yeah right. Try 2. On a good day. Maybe.
I’ve come a long way since the days of meals out of a box, cooked in a dated, ill equipped kitchen but I can’t help but crave it every now and then. But now that I’m off the cheese, the wheat, and the beef, I know I’d be in a world of hurt for days to come if I succumbed to that cute, white, four fingered glove.
So what’s a girl to do? Well, make up your own Hamburger Helper wanna-be recipe, dammit! Just be warned. You’ll want seconds.
Leah’s Cheezy Taco Mac
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Pace Picante Salsa
8 oz gluten-free pasta (I used brown rice penne)
1 cup nutritional yeast
1 15-ounce can diced tomato, undrained
1 15-ounce can corn, drained and rinsed
Garnish with cilantro
Cook noodles per package instructions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water.
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat and sauté onion, garlic, and ground turkey. Once cooked through, drain off any liquid. Stir in peppers, spices and salsa.
Stir in hot pasta, tomatoes, corn, and nutritional yeast and slowly add pasta water, a quarter cup at a time, until yeast is dissolved and desired consistency reached.