Growing up, we never had things like Hamburger Helper or Tuna Mac. More often than not, my mom or dad would cook something mostly from scratch, although there was plenty of Kraft Mac & Cheese or Chicken Noodle Dinner (which, I gather has been discontinued, although I swear I’ve seen it somewhere in the last 8 years). It actually wasn’t until I was living on my own that I ever broke down and bought myself some Cheeseburger Mac to finally see what I’d missed out on all those years. Come to find out that even though as a kid I thought it was probably the best thing ever and was semi-jealous of those kids who got to eat it…It really wasn’t all that good. I think after about six months give or take, I just quit buying it altogether.
But every once in awhile, I still get a craving for a skillet-type meal. I even made up my own at one point. I came across a recipe for something a little similar on Eating Well a year or two ago that I thought might be decent, and since I’m trying to make somewhat of an effort to redeem myself at Weight Watchers (I’ve basically gained back two pounds in the past two weeks), I figured I’d give it a try.
Creamy Hamburger Noodle Casserole. It comes in at 7 PointsPlus per serving.
The thing that intrigued me most about it was the fact that it uses bulgur to help replace some of the meat, and bulk it up a bit.
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. The tang from the tomato sauce balanced nicely with the creamy cottage cheese and Greek yogurt. And it was filling.
With all the Thanksgiving festivities and inevitable over-indulgence, I figured something a little on the healthier side might be wise! And it was…Paired with some steamed veggies of your choosing on the side (and no, I didn’t bother), it’s a satisfying meal that doesn’t taste overly healthified. Jay even told me he figured it was some vegetarian concoction, and gave it bonus points for actually containing some meat!