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Instant Pot Hamburger Helper With Rice (Dairy-Free)

Instant Pot Hamburger Helper With Rice – a dairy-free, healthier version of classic Hamburger Helper for an amazingly filling dinner.

When I was a kid, I had the metabolism of a wolverine. Protein, carb and fat-rich meals that stick to your ribcage like Lasagna, Tuna Noodle Casserole, and Hamburger Helper were some of my favorites because I was guaranteed to feel full after those dinners – a rare occasion indeed.

And Hamburger Helper? The relationship was fiery.

There’s something very nostalgic about a childhood meal and most of us begin craving comfort foods in the fall and winter when the weather gets chilly.

Or in my case, all the time. Girl loves to feel FULL! 

Enter: Homemade Hamburger Helper.

What is Hamburger Helper?:

Most of you are already very familiar, but in case you’ve never tried it, Hamburger Helper is a beefy noodle dish in a creamy seasoned sauce, resulting in a dinner that just sticks straight to your ribcage. It is DELICIOUS. 

In order to make iconic Hamburger Helper at home using ingredients that sit well with me, I took many liberties so that I could create a meal I felt good serving both myself and others. This is how it goes..

Instant Pot Dairy-Free Homemade Hamburger Helper with Rice - a cleaner version of Hamburger Helper made in the pressure cooker

How This Recipe Differs From Traditional Hamburger Helper:

  • First and foremost, there is no pasta involved. I swapped it out for rice.
  • The recipe is entirely dairy-free, but you can easily use milk/cream and/or cheese (see Recipe Adaptations) section below.
  • Made in an Instant Pot! Traditionally, my parents made hamburger helper on the stove top, and sometimes finished it off in the oven with more cheese. This recipe requires almost zero effort, hovering, minimal cleanup, and is so QUICK and easy!

Now that you have some background information and know how we’re firing out Version 2.0, lets dive into more details..

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Red Curry Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash

Thai-style red curry meatballs with an easy red curry sauce and spaghetti squash make for a clean and hearty dinner! Make it ahead of time and enjoy throughout the week!

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Did you check out the Thai Meatballs from the Keto Quick Start Cookbook I posted a few weeks ago? I thought I’d re-visit the topic, because, you guys, these meatballs are SO GOOD! Let’s make a thing of them, shall we?

All we’re doing here is baking up a batch of the Thai Meatballs, whipping up a red curry sauce, and roasting a butternut squash. Three components, minimal effort, ALL THE FLAVOR!

Put everything in a big bowl, mix it all around, and enjoy this hearty, nutritious meal!

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These bowls are:

  • Paleo
  • Low-Carb // Keto as long as you don’t go crazy with the spaghetti squash
  • Whole30
  • Clean and tasty!

Lettuce discuss this red curry sauce situation.

Homemade Red Curry Sauce

All you need is full-fat canned coconut milk, red curry paste (yes, this is store-bought, yup, we’re going for easy peasy here!), fresh ginger, and a touch of fish sauce. Simply heat it all up on the stove top and use it for all your red curry needs.

Which brings me to my next point: this red curry sauce is versatile AF! Use it to your heart’s delight to add Thai flair to any of your meals.

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