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A Healthier Hamburger Helper

Jul 22, 2011 04:29PM ● Published by Anonymous

By using ground turkey, low-fat sour cream and cream cheese, and just a hint of real cheddar, plus absolutely no salt (but a ton of other spices for flavor!), I made a delicious meal that, while not the most nutritious in the world, wasn't too bad. 

Did you know? When making this recipe, choose ground turkey breast, not just ground turkey. Just like beef, ground turkey has various levels of fat and calories. Regular ground turkey is actually not that much of a savings, health-wise, versus ground beef. 

Creamy Taco Mac

1 pound pasta (Use multigrain or whole wheat for even more healthy benefits)
1 pound ground turkey breast
1/2 onion, chopped
1 14.5-ounce canned diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2/3 cup light sour cream
6 ounces light cream cheese
1/4 cup cheddar cheese

Boil the pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water.

Brown the turkey in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When nearly browned, add the onions and saute. Add the diced tomatoes and spices and simmer until pasta is done.

Combine the hot pasta, pasta water, sour cream, cream cheese, and cheddar in a large bowl. Stir to combine and melt the cheeses. Add the tomato mixture slowly, stirring to combine thoroughly. Season to taste.

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