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simple sunday recipe: healthy hamburger helper

Posted Aug 13 2009 7:52pm

I got this recipe from a blog I love, featured on our blog list too!


“Marilou’s Helper”

by marilou on July 29, 2009

If you are in a hurry and want something simple but healthy – Here is a great recipe. I added some steamed carrots and cut up a couple of Mangos to include more vegetables & fruits. Brandon, my step son named it “Marilou’s Helper”. Johnny and I had the leftovers for lunch and it was even better the second day.

Marilous Helper Family-Favorite Cheeseburger Pasta Recipe
From: Healthy Cooking magazine (See eStore)

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
3/4 pound lean ground beef
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon steak seasoning
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
Chopped green onions, optional

Directions:
1. Cook pasta according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.

3. Drain pasta; add to meat mixture.

4. Stir in the tomatoes, relish, mustard, ketchup, steak seasoning and seasoned salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

5. Sprinkle with cheese. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand until cheese is melted. Garnish with green onions if desired.

Rating:?????

If you haven’t noticed already, I’ve been trying to include the WeightWatcher Points with every recipes at the suggestion of our good friend, Casey. This one is a little high due to the ground beef.

Each serving has 391 calories, 12 g of fat, 4 g of fiber for a total of 8 WeightWatcher Points.

How do you take meals that might not be so healthy, and fix them up a bit to fit your nutritional needs??
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