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PatLib
04-29-2013, 08:41 PM
Hi all, I am going to a potluck and we all got assigned food and I got stuck with Mac and Cheese which is my favorite.

I know what everyone if going to say, doing eat it. But I am not sure I will be able to resist. I know I could use low-fat cheese and skim milk. But has anyone tried making it with almond milk and whole wheat macaroni?

I want it to taste good and not torture everyone else with my diet but I do want some healthy options for those of us who want it!

Thanks for any advice!


Sum38
04-29-2013, 08:45 PM
This is totally wrong, but I have THE BEST unhealthy baked mac'n'cheese recipe :drool: If you are not going to eat it, let the others indulge :)

PatLib
04-29-2013, 08:47 PM
:devil::devil::devil::devil::devil::devil:You are truly evil!:devil::devil::devil::devil::devil:

But send it my way! :dizzy:


Novus
04-29-2013, 08:54 PM
Define "healthy." It means different things to different people.

I have a recipe for a low carb version that uses cauliflower instead of pasta. And I have one that I make with quinoa pasta for a gluten free version. But if you want low cal or low fat, I am of no help whatsoever. :)

Sum38
04-29-2013, 08:54 PM
I will dig it up and it will be in your inbox by morning :) AND....no eating it!!!!!!!!!!

PatLib
04-29-2013, 09:06 PM
I am probably leaning towards low-cal or low-fat. I would be tar and feathered if I brought cauliflower mac and cheese. (But I wouldn't mind that recipe if you could send it to me)

Novus
04-29-2013, 11:11 PM
I am probably leaning towards low-cal or low-fat. I would be tar and feathered if I brought cauliflower mac and cheese. (But I wouldn't mind that recipe if you could send it to me)

Here's the Cauliflower Mac & Cheese recipe (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/george-stella/cauliflower-mac-and-cheese-casserole-recipe/index.html).

And the recipe for the one I make with gluten free quinoa pasta actually calls for regular pasta. THIS (http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2006/10/cheddar-and-elbows-exalted/) is the recipe for that one.

luckymommy
04-30-2013, 12:45 AM
Here's a very good recipe that I've already made twice: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/09/skinny-baked-broccoli-macaroni-and.html My husband loves it and so do I, but my kids don't, probably because of the broccoli. By the way, this website (skinnytaste.com) has lots of great recipes with all the calorie (and WW point) breakdowns. I wish you the best of luck!

Psychic
04-30-2013, 08:11 AM
I wouldn't use almond milk for cooking like this. It does have a bit of a nutty taste. Soy milk is generally better for cooking. As far as pasta, I suggest Barilla brand wheat pasta. It holds together well.

PreciousMissy
04-30-2013, 11:01 AM
Here's the Cauliflower Mac & Cheese recipe (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/george-stella/cauliflower-mac-and-cheese-casserole-recipe/index.html).

That sounds yummy!!

Novus
04-30-2013, 05:26 PM
That sounds yummy!!

It's really nothing like pasta but for what it is, it's very delicious!

PreciousMissy
04-30-2013, 05:34 PM
It's really nothing like pasta but for what it is, it's very delicious!

My BF only eats three vegetables. I might actually get him to try this!

ChickieBoom
04-30-2013, 06:11 PM
This is what I eat now and honestly...if you season it right...it's DELICIOUS.

http://www.lowcarbluxury.com/recipes/recipe-veggie07.html

Lecomtes
04-30-2013, 06:31 PM
I make a few variants of mac n' cheese.
I always swap for whole grain pasta (no taste difference to me!)
For the sauce, I'll typically use skim or almond milk, use much less cheese than typically called for (maybe 1/2 cup for a large casserole), and fill it out with pureed steamed butternut squash! I use a slice or two of light bread and a tablespoon of Earth Balance (or margarine/butter) to make a crumb topping that seals the deal. :) My toddlers dig it, and I think it's pretty good too.

zkharmaz
04-30-2013, 08:56 PM
shoot for as many servings of vegetables and fruits per day as you can handle. Sneak them in with each meal in various ways, whether it's adding a salad to your dinner, berries to your breakfast cereal, or a side of vegetables instead of French fries with your lunch. Try to eat fresh or frozen vegetables, and stay away from the canned varieties, which pack a lot of sodium and lose their nutrients through the canning process. (Tomatoes are an exception to this, as they retain nutrients and are quite healthy when canned.) Also, aim for a variety of colors. Different colored foods lend us different nutrients, so it is important to eat fruits and vegetables from the red, orange, yellow, white, and green families.