We are back! Austin and I took about a month off from our normal routine and spent a lovely couple of weeks in Houghton and L’Anse, Michigan. So refreshing to relax and put all our cares away for a little while. And a few of you asked how Austin enjoyed the water…well, he loved Lake Superior! I was a little too busy trying to save him as he leaped into the lake that I couldn’t take a picture. But here he is right before as he crawled across the shore splashing, giggling, and eating sand.
Now, this is a new recipe that I made sort of by accident one night. We hadn’t done the grocery shopping. In fact, we had been many days over due for a full on grocery store trip. I was left with one can of coconut milk and tomato paste in the pantry and a pound of ground beef thawing from the freezer….let me just say it’s times like these that some of my best kitchen magic happens. (After all, a very similar scenario is how the Lemon Garbanzo Bean Cake was born!) I call this Homemade Hamburger Helper. And it takes less time to prepare than the boxed version!
Homemade Hamburger Helper
Makes 4 Servings
1lb grass fed ground beef
1 small onion, minced
1 cup filtered water
4 red potatoes or 2 sweet potatoes, quartered and sliced [CORE PLAN]
(Replace potatoes w/ 2 cups cauliflower, broccoli, or zucchini) [ADVANCED PLAN]
1 can organic full-fat coconut milk
1 small can organic tomato paste
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground thyme
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp arrowroot powder
Sea salt, to taste
Fresh black pepper, to taste
1.) In a large stainless steel or cast iron skillet, cook the ground beef and onion over Medium heat. Remove from pan.
2.) Add 1 cup of water to the skillet, leaving any fatty or brown bits in the pan. Bring to a simmer over High heat. Add sliced potatoes (or vegetables), cover, reduce heat to Medium-Low, and simmer for about 6-10 minutes or until fork tender.
3.) Uncover and stir in coconut milk, tomato paste, garlic powder, thyme, onion powder, and sea salt and pepper. Sprinkle arrowroot over top and stir in thoroughly, leaving no clumps. Stir in ground beef. Bring back to a simmer over Medium-High heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, until thickened. Serve immediately.
We have my husband to thank for realizing this dish tastes almost exactly like the potato stroganoff version of Hamburger Helper. He couldn’t get over the taste and texture, and he was actually the one who encouraged me to share this recipe. To enhance the stroganoff experience, you could leave out the tomato paste and add in some mushrooms. Enjoy this easy dinner fix everyone!