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Food Facts- Healthy macaroni and cheese

Make over your macaroni and cheese by sneaking in vegetables and fiber.

Make over your macaroni and cheese by sneaking in vegetables and fiber.


RECIPE (Borrowed from Recreating Happiness)

Ingredients

·         1 head cauliflower

·         1 cup chopped carrots

·         2.5 teaspoons salt

·         ¼ teaspoon pepper

·         1 tbsp smart balance spread

·         2 tbsp RF Organic Milk

·         2 cups organic cheddar cheese, shredded

·         1 cup crushed whole grain cereal flakes

·         16 oz whole grain pasta shells or other kind of whole grain pasta

Instructions

1.      Preheat oven to 375º F.

2.      apply non-stick spray to a 9" baking pan or dish.

3.      Bring 2 large pots of salted water to boil over high heat.

4.      Add:

1.      1/2 lb whole grain pasta, any shape to first pot

2.      I cup cauliflower florets; 1 cup chopped butternut squash to second pot

                        Cook pasta per package directions, until pasta is firm and slightly undercooked.

                        Cook vegetables until soft then in a blender purée until smooth cooked cauliflower with:

0.      1/2 cup RF milk, 1 tbsp smart balance spread

                        Pour milk mixture into a bowl and whisk in:

0.      2 eggs, large

                        Put half the cooked macaroni into the baking pan and top with:

0.      1 cup cheddar cheese , shredded

                        Next, layer with the rest of the macaroni and pour milk mixture over the top.

                        Sprinkle over the top:

0.      1 cup cheddar cheese , shredded

                        Place in a ziploc bag:

0.      1 cup whole grain cereal flakes

                        Crush cereal in the bag with a rolling pin and add:

0.      1/4 cup wheat germ

1.      2 TBS Parmesan cheese , grated

                        Mix cereal mixture in the bag by shaking it and sprinkle over the top of the macaroni and cheese.

                        Dot the top of the cereal mixture with:

                        Bake casserole 30-35 minutes, or until golden and bubbling.

 

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