This is the ‘new’ Hamburger Helper in our house! Not that we’ve eaten much HH lately, but I do admit to buying it quite a bit when the girls were little (ugh). I call this recipe ‘hash’ in my house, and the family loves it. The best thing? It’s free of many allergens: gluten free, casein free, dairy free, grain free and so is suitable for those following SCD, GAPS, or Paleo/Primal diet. You can serve this as a ‘one dish meal’ or serve it alongside some raw vegetables for variety. You can also add a higher percentage of meat for more of a protein punch.
Even our African Grey Parrot named Milo loved this dish! She pretty much picked out the veggies though.
Tips for making Ground Beef Hash with Sweet Potatoes
- You can change up the meat and the veggies in this recipe easily, which allows for many variations and will stave off boredom! Try a mixture of ground pork or sausage and beef together.
- I would highly recommend not skipping the greens even if your family doesn’t ‘like’ them. I’ve made them with and without, and when I made it with chard it doesn’t taste that different! You know you’re eating greens of course, but when eaten with sweet potatoes the ‘bitterness’ of the greens are easier for beginners to take.
- If you chop onions and garlic for the week ahead, it makes this dish much quicker to prepare for a busy week night dinner.
- If there’s more liquid in the pan than you’d like after all ingredients are in there, you can add a bit more coconut flour to bind it together a bit more.
Healthy Hamburger Helper
Rating: 4 forks (key)
- 1 pound ground beef or other ground meat (preferably grass-fed)
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil, bacon grease, tallow or lard (See Resources)
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 medium sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and cubed (for SCD or the GAPS diet, use carrots instead, about 2 cups cubed)
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1-2 Tablespoons coconut flour (See Resources)
- 6 large leaves chard, kale, spinach or other greens, chopped (about two cups measured chopped)
1. Chop onions, sweet potato or yam (or carrots) and mince garlic.
2. Saute the onions in the oil first until lightly browned. Or you can saute until they are caramelized if you would like.
3. Add sweet potatoes (or carrots) and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes.
4. Make room in the center of the pan and plop in the hamburger. Brown the hamburger.
5. Meanwhile, cut up the greens (I have chard here).
6. Once ground beef is (mostly) browned, add the coconut flour. Mix and saute until the sweet potatoes are soft enough for your taste.
7. Add the chard to the pan once sweet potatoes are cooked. Only cook the hash 5 minutes or less with the chard in it, you don’t want to overcook it.
8. You’re done! And leftovers are yummy and easy to heat up too!
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