Cheeseburger “Mac” Helper

    yield: 4 servings
    prep time: 5 minutes
    cook time: 20 or 40 minutes

    This dish isn’t fancy, but it sure is flavorful and quick to prepare on a busy weeknight! Growing up, I ate a lot of Hamburger Helper meals. When I first got married, I gravitated to those easy, prepackaged solutions. I’m glad I now know that it’s just as easy to prepare your own—and much healthier!

    • 1 pound ground beef
    • ½ cup chopped onions, or 2 tablespoons dried minced onions
    • 2 teaspoons paprika
    • 1 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
    • 1 (12-ounce) bag frozen cauliflower florets
    • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
    • Fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish (optional)

    1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef with the onions, crumbling the meat with a large spoon as it cooks, until the meat is browned and the onions are translucent, about 10 minutes. Drain the fat, if necessary.

    2. Stir in the paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, parsley, salt, pepper, and tomato sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.

    3. Stir in the cauliflower, cover, and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower is tender.

    4. Stir in the cheese and serve immediately, or reduce the heat to low and simmer for an additional 20 minutes for more depth of flavor, then stir in the cheese. Garnish with parsley, if desired. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.