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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 13x9in. pan with cooking spray.
- 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.
- In a medium bowl, mix the egg, evaporated milk and yogurt.
- Add the egg mixture to the pasta and mix, then add the turkey franks.
- Add mixture to the baking pan and top with parmesan cheese & a slight drizzle of EVOO.
- Bake until the top is golden brown and slightly crispy, about 40 minutes.
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?