This post was sponsored by NOW Foods but the content and opinions expressed are fully my own.
Old school comfort food gone healthy. It IS actually possible while keeping the amazing flavor. Taking what my tastebuds love and finding real foods to get there is one of my favorite things to do. It takes some trial and error but I love the sweet (or salty) taste of success! So here you go, vegan hamburger helper cheeseburger macaroni at your service.
Truth be told, my mom never bought the boxed stuff. So my experience with the Betty Crocker original hamburger helper is limited. That being said, I love creating plant-based whole food meat alternatives. My favorite trick is using dried soaked chickpeas, then chopping them into a fine crumble and cooking them with broth and spices. The texture is awesome and the flavor is amazing. Couple that with my Ultimate Cheese Sauce and a bowl full of pasta and it doesn’t get much better. But here’s the thing, I am a pasta snob. There is nothing worse than digging into noodles that plain suck.
So what kind of pasta do I like? This. Living Now Organic Quinoa Macaroni. If you’re looking for a macaroni that looks like the real deal and tastes like the real deal, this is it. No weird color. No weird texture. No weird flavor. Just the good stuff. When I found this stuff, I knew I’d hit the gluten free, whole food, full of nutrients jackpot.
So how do I transform this pasta into America’s favorite comfort food? Easy, I take my signature whole food based meaty crumble and combine it with my favorite cheese sauce. Add some spices and bingo. Heaven in a bowl. Get those stretchy pants ready! Does it get any better than bad for you food that’s actually good for you? Nope.
Top reasons why this vegan hamburger helper is actually good for you:
- Protein packed with meaty chickpea crumble.
- A cheese sauce made primarily of veggies.
- A pasta made from naturally gluten free whole food ingredients.
- No processed trickery.