Kale Hamburger Helper

Making one dish meals like “Hamburger Helper” can take the guesswork and time out of dinner preparation.   It’s as simple as browning the hamburger, opening the box, and…

Wait!  All those ingredients and preservatives in that box are things you want to avoid!  Sure, they make dinner in 20 minutes or less, but you can easily do that yourself with ingredients you can pronounce!

Using fresh kale from the garden, you can easily have a delicious, nutritious meal faster than the time it takes you to open a box. (Well, maybe not that fast, but pretty close!)  Here’s my recipe for hamburger “helper” with rice and kale:

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  • 2 pounds hamburger
  • 2 cups rice (I used white here, but you can use brown just as easily)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups loosely packed kale, washed and chopped (you can also use fresh spinach or swiss chard, or other greens)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 T. oil of choice (coconut, tallow, etc.)

Begin by heating a skillet on medium high heat.

Add the oil of choice and when it begins to “shine”, add the garlic, onions, salt and pepper to the skillet.  Stir to brown for about 3 minutes.  Add the hamburger and brown with the veggies.  Add rice, kale and chicken broth.  Stir to wilt the kale and bring to a boil.  Turn heat to low, and simmer until rice is cooked  through, about 20 minutes. Stir in the nutritional yeast and serve!

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