October 3, 2010

Lighten Up: A Healthy Mac & Cheese Recipe

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:33 PM by lanaholt

Recipe found on: http://www.fitnessmagazine.com

Macaroni and cheese is a comfort-food favorite. You’ll love our recipe, which is low in fat and calories.

Recipe from Now Eat This! a Ballantine Trade Paperback Original by Rocco DiSpirito
Mac and Cheese Lite

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:
Nonstick cooking spray
Salt
4 ounces whole wheat macaroni
1/2 cup onion-garlic puree (see “Rocco’s Secret Weapon,” below)
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
Pinch cayenne pepper
1 cup shredded 50 percent reduced-fat cheddar
1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Mist an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set it aside.
2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook according to package directions, drain.
3. Meanwhile, bring onion-garlic puree, mustard, and cayenne to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often. Whisk in cheddar until melted. Remove from heat and whisk in yogurt.
4. In a medium bowl, toss the macaroni with the cheese sauce. Season with salt to taste. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle panko over the top. Top with Parmesan.
5. Bake until Parmesan is melted and macaroni is hot throughout, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition facts per serving (about 2/3 cup):
237 calories, 17g protein, 31g carbohydrate, 7g fat (4g saturated), 3g fiber
Healthy Cooking Tips

Flour Power: Whole wheat macaroni keeps you satisfied longer, says award-winning chef Rocco DiSpirito.
Better Cheddar: Low-fat cheese can still be ooey-gooey and delicious. Try Cabot’s 50% Reduced Fat Cheddar.
Crunch Time: Panko is the perfect topping. “These Japanese bread crumbs stay crispy, no matter what,” DiSpirito says.
Culture Club: Nonfat Greek yogurt gives the rich, creamy texture of butter and cream minus the fat.

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