Ingredients = Enriched Pasta (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Corn Starch, Salt, Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Onion*, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Ricotta Cheese (Whey, Milkfat, Lactic Acid, Salt)*, Sugar, Monosodium Glutamate, Monoglycerides, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Corn Syrup*, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Yeast Extract, Modified Corn Starch, Colored With (Yellows 5 & 6 Lake, Yellows 5 & 6, and Red 4O Lake), Barley Flour, Soy Sauce (Water, Soybeans, Wheat, Salt), Dextrin, Vinegar*, Yeast, Spices, Cheddar Cheese (Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes)*, Garlic*, Egg, Soy Flour. * Dried Contains Wheat, Milk, Egg and Soy Ingredients.
This way tastes SOOOO much better anyway!
Here is a healthier version of a classic...
2 medium zucchini OR eggplant (peeled and cut into 'cubes')
1 TBS butter or coconut oil
1 lb. ground beef (grass-fed)
2 cups tomato sauce
1 cup water
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 clove garlic, chopped
4 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, cut into small squares (goat cheese if dairy sensitive)
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp Basil
1/2 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp clove
1/4 tsp ginger
Prepare "Noodles": With potato peeler, peal off skin. Cut the vegetable into cubes. Place the cubed veggie in pan with butter. Saute over medium-high, stirring to prevent burning. Cook until edges are translucent, for about 3-5 minutes. Set aside.
In a large saute pan, brown ground beef and drain fat. Add onion, garlic, and spices. Stir in the tomato sauce and water and stir. Add cheese. Stir to melt cheese. When cheese is completely melted add "noodles." Stir well and serve. Serves 4.
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving):
Traditional Hamburger Helper = 656 calories, 22g fat, 48g protein, 53 carbs, 2.4 fiber
"Healthified" Hamburger Helper = 404 calories, 19g fat, 44.7g protein, 10 carbs, 3.5 fiber