Hamburger Healthy

This homemade Hamburger Healthy recipe is a kid and adult favorite. It comes with a classic and comfort appeal that is balanced in nutrition and flavor. Enjoy!


  • 12 oz lean ground turkey (or ground round, ground beef)
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 cup skim milk (or use milk alternative to include soy or almond)
  • 1½ cups pasta sauce
  • 1½ cups elbow macaroni, dry
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder (or corn starch)
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp evaporated cane juice (sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Brown ground turkey in a large skillet and drain.
  2. In the same skillet add hot water, tomato sauce and milk.
  3. Add macaroni elbows followed by seasonings*.
  4. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer on low for about 12-20 minutes or until macaroni elbows are tender.
  5. During the last few minutes of cook time, stir in the cheese, cover the skillet again and give a few minutes of cook time.
  6. Let stand to thicken to your liking before serving.

 *Seasonings: Combine arrowroot powder, chili powder, garlic powder, evaporated cane juice and paprika which you can blend using a zip lock bag.  

 Serves: 4

 APPROXIMATE NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS PER SERVING: 424 calories, 27 grams of protein, 51 grams of carbohydrates, 12.5 grams of fat, and 3 grams of dietary fiber.