|Burger Assistant with Sweet Potato Noodles|
"I don't know why they call this stuff Hamburger Helper. It's just fine by itself, huh? I like it better than Tuna Helper myself. Don't you, Clark?" - Cousin Eddie, National Lampoon's Vacation
There must be millions of people who think highly of boxed noodles and sauce because it has been jumping off grocery store shelves and into consumers' carts for years. It is easy. Full of questionable things, but easy. This real-food version is pretty darned easy, too:
First, pick your noodles. If you are in a hurry, you can cook up store-bought noodles. If you have an extra, say, fifteen minutes, you can fix up:
Sweet Potato Noodles (gluten free) Skip the spices.
Tamale Noodles (gluten free)
Whole Wheat Egg Noodles
When put the water on for noodles, make the sauce. Note that grassfed beef is leaner than regular, store-bought beef, so you will not need to pre-brown it and drain off grease. If you do pre-brown the beef, mix the cold milk and tapioca starch together before stirring it in.
Stir these ingredients together in a large pan:
1 pound grassfed ground beef
1 cup milk
2 tbsp tapioca starch
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tbsp parsley flakes
1/4 tsp salt (or more to taste after cooking)
Stirring periodically cook everything together until the meat is cooked through and the sauce is thick. Allow at least fifteen minutes.
Add the cooked, drained noodles and stir them together. Cook together until the sauce is bubbly, then serve.
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