Make A Healthier Mac N' Cheese

October 11, 2018

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When you think of a comfort food, mac and cheese ranks near the top of the list.  Tender macaroni swimming in creamy cheese is as close to heaven as you can get.  However it is notoriously high in fat, calories, and salt. But by making a couple of adjustments, you can make mac and cheese a bit healthier for you and your family won't know the difference. Add veggie purée to the sauce. Bolster the cheese sauce with a purée of vegetables. Cauliflower is a great choice here because of its mild flavor and color. Replace part of the cheese with something that's creamy but a bit lower in calories, like cottage cheese or Greek yogurt. You can use either the whole or low-fat varieties, but avoid nonfat versions, as they could make the mac and cheese grainy. Similar to opting to swap the cheese with alternative dairy, you can swap the whole milk for 2% or 1% milk. Again, skip nonfat milk, as it can give the mac and cheese a grainy consistency. Try whole-grain pasta. Mac and cheese is a great place to opt for whole-grain pasta because its nutty flavor is a really nice contrast to the rich sauce. Stir in lots of vegetables. Add in frozen peas, chopped baby spinach, steamed broccoli, or even just a bunch of leftover roasted vegetables.

SOURCE: The Kitchn

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