Wholesome ‘Hamburger Helper’

Leave the boxed Hamburger Helper on the shelf at the store and create this healthier version using only wholesome ingredients instead.


Wholesome Hamburger Helper


  • 1 lb extra lean or lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 lb white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 medium green and yellow pepper, each, diced
  • 3-4 large handfuls of baby spinach
  • 1 cup small pasta
  • 1/2 cup shredded marble cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika


  1. In a large skillet, cook ground beef and onion over medium heat until beef is fully cooked. Drain any excess fat off and discard.
  2. Add mushrooms, peppers, and spinach and saute until vegetables are soft and spinach is limp.
  3. Turn down to medium low and add cheese and mix together. Add remaining ingredients and mix together.
  4. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until pasta is cooked.
  5. Enjoy!

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