Preparation Time: less than 30 minutes
  • ½
    pound lean hamburger
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup dry macaroni
  • 2 ½ cups tomato juice
  • ½
    teaspoon salt
  • ¼
    teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, crushed
  • 1 15 ½ -oz. can beans with Mexican or “chili” seasoning
  • 1 cup grated low-fat cheddar cheese
Brown hamburger in a large frying pan or electric skillet. Drain off fat. Add onion to hamburger and cook until onion is clear. Turn heat down to simmer; add macaroni, juice, spices and beans; stir to combine. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. (If you uncover the pan to check and stir more than twice, add additional tomato juice). Remove from heat; stir, sprinkle cheese on top. Cover and let cheese melt.
½ Cups of Fruits and Vegetables per Serving
Fruit and /or Veggie color(s):
Nutrition Information per Serving:
Calories: 281
Total Fat: 6.9g
Saturated Fat: 3.0g
% of Calories from Fat: 23%
% of Calories from Saturated Fat: 10%
Protein: 21g
Carbohydrates: 32g
Cholesterol: 36mg
Dietary Fiber: 5g
Sodium: 582mg
Each serving provides: An excellent source Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and fiber and a good source of folate, potassium and calcium.

Recipe used with permission of The Bean Cookbook, North Dakota WIC Program and the Northarvest Bean Growers Asssociaion, 2005. This recipe meets Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nutrition standards that maintain fruits and vegetables as healthy foods.
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