Fast forward to being married 10 years later – my husband brings home a box of Hamburger Helper. I can’t even be in the room with it I’m so scared from that stuff. My husband is sad. His days of Hamburger Helper are over. I’m a good cook so he’s pretty much ok with not having Hamburger Helper but I think he secretly longs for it.
Since we’re eating better in our house, I found this recipe on EatBetterAmerica.com for "Healthified" Mexican Pasta Skillet which I knew my husband would love and devour. At first he was a little skeptical and made sure I was not making it with ground turkey (I have snuck ground turkey in many meals and he hasn’t noticed the difference but if he sees it, he won’t eat the leftovers the next day). This dish cooks up pretty quick and I questioned not pre-boiling the noodles but it all worked out. Anyway, he loved it and even devoured the leftovers (which he never does). He also told me to put it in my regular rotation of meals to make. Yay for being a good wife and finding a healthy alternative to Hamburger Helper I can actually stand to look at and eat without having flashbacks of that bathroom with the god awful pink toliet!
Here is the recipe! Now if I could only get my toddler to eat it!
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"Healthified" Mexican Pasta Skillet
prep time:30 min
start to finish:30 min
makes:6 servings (about 1 1/3 cups each)
|1||lb extra-lean (at least 93%) ground beef|
|1||jar (16 oz) Muir Glen® organic mild salsa|
|1||cup Muir Glen® organic tomato sauce (from 15-oz can)|
|1 1/2||cups water|
|2||cups uncooked regular or multigrain elbow macaroni|
|1||cup Green Giant® Niblets® frozen corn|
|1/2||cup shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese (2 oz)|
|1.||In 12-inch skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain.|
|2.||Stir in salsa, tomato sauce and water. Heat to boiling. Stir in macaroni and corn. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 12 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until macaroni is tender.|
|3.||Sprinkle with cheese. Cover; let stand 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.|