Lightened-Up Mac & Cheese Recipe

Lightened-Up Mac & Cheese Recipe
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Lightened-Up Mac & Cheese Recipe
Tina Haupert

Lightened-Up Mac & Cheese Recipe

This recipe, created by healthy eating blogger Tina Haupert of Carrots 'N' Cake, will lighten-up one of your favorite comfort foods.

4
Servings
312
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 10 Ounces Brussel sprouts
  • 1 1/4 Cup frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 small container (approximately 5.3 ounces) plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 Cups reduced-fat shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 Cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • 1/2 Cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 Ounces whole wheat elbow macaroni
  • 2 Teaspoons minced garlic

Directions

Cook pasta as directed.

Cut off the ends of the Brussels sprouts and then cut in half. Lay them cut-side down and finely minced.

Place Brussels sprouts, spinach and 1/4 cup water in a microwavable-safe bowl. Cover and cook in microwave for 7-8 minutes until Brussels sprouts are soft.

Meanwhile in a saucepan on the stovetop, make the cheese sauce. Combine Greek yogurt, cheddar, Parmigiano-Reggiano, garlic, mustard, almond milk, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cook on low heat, whisking frequently, until cheddar is fully melted.

Remove Brussel sprouts and spinach from microwave and drain water from mixture, then combine with cheese sauce. Mix together well.

Pour pasta-vegetable mixture into an oven-safe dish and spread evenly. Top with almond flour and place under broiler in oven for 3-5 minutes until top is golden brown.

Serve immediately.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
15g
21%
Sugar
10g
11%
Saturated Fat
8g
33%
Cholesterol
51mg
17%
Carbohydrate, by difference
27g
21%
Protein
19g
41%
Vitamin A, RAE
632µg
90%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
47mg
63%
Vitamin E, added
1mg
7%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
331µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
734mg
73%
Choline, total
91mg
21%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Folate, total
135µg
34%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
92mg
29%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
1026mg
100%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
21µg
38%
Sodium, Na
1471mg
98%
Water
219g
8%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%

Cheese Shopping Tip

If a piece of cheese smells strongly of ammonia, don't buy it. This is typically a sign of spoilage.

Cheese Cooking Tip

Allow cheese to come to room temperature before serving. This will accentuate the flavors and aromas.