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Raising Fit Kids: Healthy Nurtition, Exercise, and Weight

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Hamburger Buddy

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Hamburger Buddy

Very finely chopping onion, mushrooms and carrots in the food processor is not only fast—it makes the vegetables hard to detect for picky eaters. They also form the base for the sauce of this ground beef skillet supper. Make it a meal: Serve with a green salad.

This Recipe Is:
Prep: 40 minutes | Total Time: 40 minutes
  • 3   cloves
    garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 2   medium
    carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 10   ounces
    white mushrooms, large ones cut in half
  • 1   large
    onion, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1   pound
    90%-lean ground beef
  • 2   teaspoons
    dried thyme
  • 3/4   teaspoon
  • 1/4   teaspoon
    freshly ground pepper
  • 2   cups
  • 1   14-ounce can
    reduced-sodium beef broth, divided
  • 8   ounces
    whole-wheat elbow noodles, (2 cups)
  • 2   tablespoons
    Worcestershire sauce
  • 2   tablespoons
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2   cup
    reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1   tablespoon
    chopped fresh parsley, or chives for garnish
  1. Fit a food processor with the steel blade attachment. With the motor running, drop garlic through the feed tube and process until minced, then add carrots and mushrooms and process until finely chopped. Turn it off, add onion, and pulse until roughly chopped.
  2. Cook beef in a large straight-sided skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the chopped vegetables, thyme, salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables start to soften and the mushrooms release their juices, 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Stir in water, 1 1/2 cups broth, noodles and Worcestershire sauce; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Whisk flour with the remaining 1/4 cup broth in a small bowl until smooth; stir into the hamburger mixture. Stir in the sour cream. Simmer, stirring often, until the sauce is thickened, about 2 minutes. Serve sprinkled with parsley (or chives), if desired.


Nutritional Information

Makes: 6 servings, about 1 1/3 cups each
  • Calories293
  • Fat6 g
    • Saturated fat3 g
  • Cholesterol49 mg
  • Carbohydrates38 g
    • Dietary fiber5 g
  • Protein24 g
  • Sodium568 mg
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.


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