Monday, February 7, 2011

Homemade Hamburger Helper Recipe

Okay. . .let's be honest.
Even if you are enjoying the health benefits of a gluten-free lifestyle and feel great, I'll bet you can't walk down the grocery store aisle and not gaze longingly at the brightly-colored boxes of sodium-laden instant comfort food. I know you want them. So do I!!

My kids are a fan of a Homemade Hamburger Helper recipe I created by using a basic white sauce recipe from Karina's Gluten-Free Goddess blog. Try this on an evening you're wanting a taste of processed food nostalgia while remaining dairy and gluten free.

Homemade Hamburger Helper
1 pound ground beef
1/4 large onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon Lawry's seasoned salt, or your favorite seasoning (Lawry's is GF!)
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 cup chopped chives or parsley
1/2 bag (8 oz.) of Tinkyada Pasta in your favorite shape (we like spirals)

1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1-1/2 tablespoons sweet rice flour
1-1/4 cups almond or hemp milk

Boil pasta in large stockpot until almost tender.

Brown beef in a large skillet with onion. Drain well. Season with salt and Lawry's.

In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat, and stir in the rice flour (I like to use a whisk to do this). Cook and stir the flour for about 10 seconds, then slowly add in the almond milk, whisking to blend the flour paste and almond milk. Bring the mixture to a bubble (it will thicken as it heats) then remove from heat.

Combine beef, pasta and sauce in skillet and warm together a moment.

Serve with a yummy side salad or steamed broccoli.
Enjoy!

(For a grain-free version, mix 1/2 c. cashew cheese with 1/2 c. water and use in place of the white sauce above)
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Visit your local health food store and see the plethora of gluten free products available (don't be afraid to ask -- you'll be pleasantly surprised). These small companies are the ones who created the initial gluten-free product lines and public awareness of gluten-free living. Give thanks by taking home a package of gluten-free goodness today.

Believe it or not, large corporations like Betty Crocker are listening and answering the call for gluten-free fare with Gluten-free Hamburger Helpers, Gluten-free Bisquick, and Cake, Cookie and Brownie Mixes, among other products. I'm a fan of some of their dessert mixes. I still can't endorse eating products laden with MSG and dozens of ingredients that I can't pronounce, but I'm thankful for the increase of awareness that these corporations are creating.

Peruse your grocery aisle today. . .you may be surprised at what you can take home.


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