“Kevin McCallister: Bless this highly nutritious microwavable macaroni and cheese dinner and the people who sold it on sale. Amen.” – from the movie Home Alone.

It’s been so long and my new years resolution is already broken… But don’t fret, I am here&healthy and have a delicious comfort food recipe – macaroni and cheese!  YES!  Who doesn’t love mac&cheese??  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love it.  I just don’t love how unhealthy it is.  Butter, whole milk, fatty (delicious) cheese and white pasta… not really up my alley.

So, since Alex has never had homemade baked macaroni and cheese I decided to finally make him some, just try my best to amp-up the healthy.  You know what?  It came out a lot more delicious than I thought it would.  I found this recipe by Paula Deen.  It’s her healthy version of macaroni and cheese and, well, I don’t see how sour cream is very healthy, whole grain pasta just makes me bloat and I wanted to add some more protein.

Now, the moment everyone has been asking for… my recipe for MAC AND CHEESE!!!

Macaroni and Cheese w/broccoli and turkeydogs

(makes 6 servings)


1 pkg. healthy elbow pasta

2 C. reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese

1/2 C. low-fat evaporated milk

1 large egg, beaten well

1/4 C. plain Greek yogurt

1 large package frozen broccoli

4-6 turkey dogs, diced

1/3 C. parmesan cheese, grated

salt & pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 13x9in. pan with cooking spray.
  2. Prepare pasta according to the directions on the box.  In the last few minutes of cooking, throw in the frozen broccoli.  When finished, drain & toss in the cheddar cheese and mix until well coated.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the egg, evaporated milk and yogurt.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the pasta and mix, then add the turkey franks.
  5. Add mixture to the baking pan and top with parmesan cheese & a slight drizzle of EVOO.
  6. Bake until the top is golden brown and slightly crispy, about 40 minutes.

mac and cheese with broccoli and turkey franks

I know you’re drooling……

This was pretty freakin’ delicious and it was a perfect version of the unhealthy fatty comfort food.  I don’t make comfort food that much so this was a real treat for me, and I hope it is for you!  It makes a lot, so there may be leftovers which are perfect to bring to work and heat up in the microwave.

As for the hot dogs, choose any healthy one you like – just make sure it has low sodium! =)


What do you like to add to your macaroni and cheese?

Any favorite vegetable or extra protein you like to throw in?



About cookbravissima

Hello there! Thank you for visiting my page! =) ****BLOG UNDER CONSTRUCTION-PLEASE COME BACK SOON**** My name is Maria. I am a babysitter, Our Lady of Mercy graduate, 25 years old and a dietary consultant for 33 Definitions Health and Wellness Education. I started this blog with the intention to share my healthy food creations with the everyday person, like myself! I do not consider myself a Chef. I believe a Chef is someone who went to school for culinary and/or works in a restaurant kitchen. Me, I am not a Chef, just an average person who loves to cook healthy! I am currently majoring in Culinary Arts but I still do not consider myself a chef. In 2008, I was going through a really tough time, physically and emotionally. My depression and anxiety had such a strong grip on my mental/physical health it was taking control. I wasn’t treating myself right in every category; example, not eating all day then having one large meal at night, and it wasn’t a healthy meal. I also wasn’t working out anymore; I used to be such an avid rower, co-captain of my high school team. But I was depressed, I couldn’t drink, eat or sleep. I was dehydrated and eventually lead to my body basically breaking down on me. I lost 40 pounds in just a couple months; my body was forming a substitute carbohydrate which was making me dry heave, all due to not drinking and eating. I thought to myself, how the hell does one throw up from not eating? No idea, but that’s what my doctor told me. I should have been in the hospital hooked up to an IV. Anyway, after I was able to walk without feeling like passing out I scheduled to see a psychiatrist and vowed to treat my body better. I grew up in a house where my mother had a healthy homemade meal on the table every weekday, so I just followed that while doing my research on what exactly is “healthy” food because everyone has their own definition (which is perfectly fine). Being healthy is not a diet, it is a lifestyle! It includes both physical and mental self, which is why I say a diet makes no sense! Everyone has their own lifestyle and many people that eat healthy vow by eating a certain way while others may not agree. Well, I say they’re all wrong! It should be whatever one believes is healthy for them, inside and out but do your research first! If whatever you are doing keeps you healthy and happy, then you are doing something right! #EatFreshCookBravissima
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