Hamburger Helper Remixed
I have Hamburger Helper issues. I blame Joey.
When I first met him he lived in a house with 3 other guys. As you can imagine, the house was none too clean and healthy eating definitely wasn’t being done there. Watching Joey eat his dinner of HH straight from the pot was gross enough but even worse was seeing that same dirty HH pot sitting in the kitchen over a week later. That pot belonged on Fear Factor.
I was convinced that HH could be remade healthy and meatless. And that it would be just as simple to make as the boxed stuff.
I was right,
Serves two hungry people
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 8 oz tempeh
- 3 cups water
- 8 oz small shell pasta (I used quinoa shells)
- 1/2-1 cup frozen peas
- 3 tablespoons vegetable broth
For the seasoning mix:
3 teaspoons onion powder
1.5 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon mild chili powder
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons tapioca starch (or arrowroot or cornstarch)
1/8 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Have a lid at the ready because you’ll need to cover it at some point.
Drizzle the oil in the pan and tear the tempeh into bite sized pieces, adding them to the pan. Saute for about 5 minutes, until tempeh is lightly browned. In the meantime, mix the seasoning together in a mixing bowl.
Add vegetable broth to the tempeh to deglaze the pan. Add the 3 cups of water and seasoning mix, giving a good stir to get it all mixed in. Add the pasta and cover. Bring the heat up to a boil. Once boiling, you can reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring once. Remove the lid, and cook until the sauce is reduced and thickened to your liking, usually about 3 minutes. Taste for salt.
Serve topped with “cheese” sauce.
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 teaspoons cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
dash of salt
dash ground turmeric
2 tablespoons vegetable broth
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon yellow mustard (less if you’re a mustard hater like Joey)
Mix all ingredients together and microwave for 30 seconds or until thick the pour over tempeh helper mixture.
Pour on that “cheese.” I think this would be really good with real cheese as well, I just happen to love the taste of nutritional yeast and when I gave my cheese loving boyfriend the option of using real cheese he chose the “cheese” too so you can trust the nutritional yeast cheese is delicious.
I don’t know what real Hamburger Helper tastes like (I do know what it smells and sounds like and neither are pretty…) but this tastes pretty damn good and it was a heck of a lot healthier than the “real” stuff. Real in what sense, I ask.
And there’s even some green in there