Lightened-Up Mac & Cheese Recipe

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Lightened-Up Mac & Cheese Recipe
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
372
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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
22g
35%
Sugar
3g
N/A
Saturated Fat
13g
63%
Cholesterol
66mg
22%
Protein
23g
47%
Carbs
21g
7%
Vitamin A
238µg
26%
Vitamin B12
0.8µg
13.3%
Vitamin B6
0.3mg
14%
Vitamin C
63mg
100%
Vitamin D
0.4µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
2mg
10%
Vitamin K
173µg
100%
Calcium
569mg
57%
Fiber
4g
15%
Folate (food)
84µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
84µg
21%
Iron
2mg
10%
Magnesium
56mg
14%
Monounsaturated
6g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
1mg
4.9%
Phosphorus
444mg
63%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
490mg
14%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.5mg
27.8%
Sodium
483mg
20%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
11.3%
Trans
0.8g
N/A
Zinc
3mg
20%

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