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The Best Hamburger Casserole

This Hamburger Casserole is a better-for-you, homemade Hamburger Helper that is made with NC Sweetpotato puree, warm spices, and ground turkey for a healthy and EASY weeknight dinner. Do you love hamburger helper? This Healthy Hamburger casserole is a homemade hamburger helper that is made with sweet potato puree, delicious spices, and lean meat for the perfect and easy weeknight dinner. Let's Hear it for Sweet Potatoes! Raise your hand if you're a big fan of sweet potatoes. Us! Not only are they healthy and nutritious, they're a pantry staple that's easy to find in grocery stores nationwide and can last for up to 2 weeks. What's not to love? We're super excited to be partnering with our friends over at the today to share this easy and delicious hamburger casserole, and the star of this recipe show is, you guessed it: NC SWEETPOTATOES! Comfort Food Made Healthy Classic hamburger casserole comes from a box and is essentially noodles and a powdered cheese sauce. Then, you mix in some ground hamburger and call it a meal. While boxed food has a time and a place (especially right now when we're all doing what we can to limit grocery runs and eat what we have on-hand at home!), we're here to help you recreate hamburger casserole in your own home, while making it healthier at the same time! AKA healthy comfort food comin' atcha. Do you love hamburger helper? This Healthy Hamburger casserole is a homemade hamburger helper that is made with sweet potato puree, delicious spices, and lean meat for the perfect and easy weeknight dinner. How we Made it Healthier As you know, most boxed foods are packed with additives and sodium and what we do best is taking classic recipes and making them a little better for you. We lightened the classic hamburger casserole while keeping all the same, wholesome flavors with easy-to-find ingredients. Here's how we did it: Homemade "cheese" sauce: While there is still cheese in our homemade cheese sauce, the secret ingredient is actually sweet potatoes. NC sweetpotatoes add a touch of sweetness and lots of healthy nutrients such as complex carbs, fiber, and potassium. Plus, that perfect bright orange color! Meat: Classic hamburger casserole is made with ground beef, but in this recipe we used ground turkey. The option is yours to use whatever kind of meat you wish, but turkey packs in the protein with less fat and calories. Noodles: Swap the classic white noodle for something a little bit healthier such as a whole wheat noodles or even a chickpea pasta. What You Need This healthy hamburger casserole utilizes simple ingredients that are both easy to find in grocery stores right now, and easy to store for a week or two at home. You'll need: * NC sweetpotatoes * Whole wheat pasta shells * Ground turkey * Onion * Spices: garlic powder, dried mustard, salt and pepper * Tomato paste * Chicken broth (or any broth!) * Shredded cheese Do you love hamburger helper? This Healthy Hamburger casserole is a homemade hamburger helper that is made with sweet potato puree, delicious spices, and lean meat for the perfect and easy weeknight dinner. Why did you use sweet potatoes for the sauce? pack healthy nutrients, and when pureed create a rich and creamy sauce texture that's perfect for this hamburger casserole! In a dish that typically doesn't have any vegetables, we're pureeing an entire sweet potato for the sauce, so every serving of this casserole gets in on this goodness. Oh! We also love that NC sweetpotatoes have a long shelf life and can be found year round in grocery stores, which is especially important right now. Can you freeze hamburger casserole? We don't suggest freezing hamburger casserole because the noodles will get soggy when defrosting. But, this recipe does reheat well when stored in the fridge for leftover meals throughout the week! Can I brown ground turkey the night before? Ground beef or ground turkey can be browned the night before. Just make sure to store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. How do you make hamburger helper better? In order to make hamburger helper better, we suggest making it from scratch at home. Or, you can always add more spices and/or veggies to make it taste better! Can you make hamburger casserole without the hamburger? Hamburger casserole can be made without the traditional ground beef. We suggest subbing another ground meat such as turkey (like in this recipe!) or chicken, but you could even use a bean or lentils to make it vegetarian. Do you love hamburger helper? This Healthy Hamburger casserole is a homemade hamburger helper that is made with sweet potato puree, delicious spices, and lean meat for the perfect and easy weeknight dinner. More Recipes with Sweet Potatoes More Casserole Recipes Watch how to Make Hamburger Casserole * *This post is sponsored by . We were compensated and all opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting Fit Foodie Finds!*

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