Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dairy Free Pasta-a la Hamburger Helper

While trying to figure out some easy weeknight meals, my hubby and I came up with our own version of hamburger helper.  I'm not exactly sure what to call this dish.  My kids call it "sea shells" since we normally serve it over rice noodle shells.  It's just a very quick and simple meal for when you don't have time to make a huge meal from scratch.  It's one of my kids' favorite meals.  Go figure!  I try to give 'em what they want!

Cheesy Shells
2 pounds ground beef or bison
3 - 4 Tablespoons taco seasoning
2 cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
garlic powder
minced onion
rice milk
12 oz noodles, cooked

Brown the ground beef or bison and drain.
Sprinkle with taco seasoning and up to 1 cup water.
Simmer until most of water is absorbed.
Put beans, garlic powder, and minced onion in food processor.
Process, adding rice milk, until mixture is smooth.

Stir bean mixture into meat.
Add rice milk if needed to achieve desired consistency.  We like ours like a thick sauce (about the consistency of chili).
Add salt if needed.

Pour over noodles and serve.

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