Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Chili Cheese Mac

Hamburger Helper was one of my favorite meals growing up. And since my parents didn't know anything about nutrition, we had it quite often! This is a healthy but still comforting version of that old favorite. It's also an easy clean up one-pot recipe!

Adapted from a recipe by Tessa the Domestic Diva.

Servings: 10
Total time: 30 minutes


2 tsp vegetable oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/4 lb ground turkey or vegetarian substitute
4 T tomato paste or ketchup
1-14.5 oz can of petite diced tomatoes
1 qt low sodium vegetable broth
2 tsp oregano
1 T chili powder
1-16.25 oz box of whole wheat noodles
1 green pepper, diced
1 c sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (or vegan Daiya shredded cheddar)
1 c spinach, chopped
Avocado, diced (for garnish)
In a large pot over medium heat, saute the onion until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and meat and raise the heat to medium-high. Cook until the meat is browned, 7-10 minutes.

Add the tomato paste, canned tomatoes, veg broth, oregano, and chili powder. Stir to combine and then add the noodles and green pepper, stirring again. Cover and bring to a simmer. Cook until the pasta is al dente, 8-10 minutes.

Remove from heat. Add the cheese and spinach. Stir to combine. Garnish with avocado.

This is a great way to get picky eaters to eat their veggies

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