Click back to our very early married days when my very budget-conscious hubby would look at our grocery bill (which, for the record, was HIGHER back then when it was just the two of us and we ate a TON of processed food!) and, in an effort to trim the grocery bill, would say things like, “One night, can’t we just get hamburger helper!? I LIVED on that stuff growing up!” I never actually made it but I do think that I got some in the house for him for the nights that I would work late (1-2 times a week before we had kids) and he’d have dinner on his own.
Fast forward 7 years. While we’ve never had hamburger helper as a family, I’m finding it a fun challenge to “recreate” some of the classic “mainstream” dishes into clean eats that our whole family (or at least 3/4 of us) will eat. I got a STEAL on cauliflower at Sam’s this week so we need to make at least 2-3 dinners with cauliflower this week (not a problem around here). So I thought it’d be fun to make a hamburger helper-esque dish for dinner!
Seriously, before I begin, can I just share the cuteness of this moment with you? These two were so adorable (and not at all fighting) when it came to cooking dinner tonight. Asking questions left and right and waiting their turns… the moments a mom lives for!
Cauliflower Cheeseburger Skillet
- 1 medium-large head of cauliflower, cut into florets (OR a bag of frozen cauliflower)
- 1 lb of grassfed beef
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 c of cheese (colby, cheddar, etc.)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 TB parsley
- 2 TB grassfed butter
- 1 TB brown mustard (dijon, spicy, etc.)
- 1 TB worcestershire
- Boil a pot of water and cook cauliflower until tender (about 15 minutes)
- Once cauliflower is boiling, melt butter in your skillet.
- Add onion and saute for 3-5 minutes. Add beef to skillet and break it up, browning it. If you have grease to drain off the pan after this step, do so. However, if you use a high quality beef, you’ll be able to skip that step!
- Add salt, pepper, parsley, mustard and worcestershire and mix over low heat.
- Drain cauliflower. Add to skillet and thoroughly mix.
- Add cheese and stir until completely melted.
- Serve your dish!
I’d definitely consider this a “low carb” recipe if that’s something you keep track of. And if you follow the 21 day fix, this makes 4 servings and counts as 1 red, 1.5 green, 1 blue, and a teaspoon!