First, I must say that I do not really associate mac-n-cheese with being an actual meal. As a child it was a perfectly acceptable meal, and I remember eating it frequently at my best friend’s house as a child. It was a very magical experience as her mom knew how to make mac-n-cheese in the microwave! My mom very rarely…ok NEVER made mac-n-cheese as she had a bad experience with it one time and would never eat it again.
My husband has a had a totally different experience with mac-n-cheese. His dad used to make amazing homemade mac-n-cheese. While I do enjoy it (more as a side dish), mac-n-cheese is my husband’s all time favorite food. Since we started eating healthier he has been on a little quest to find a healthy way to make this dish. After other tries, I think we finally found an easy and healthy way to make this yummy dish.
The recipe is based on a recipe that I found on a blog called “Girl Gone Mom“. It was VERY easy to throw together and is much healthier than the typical mac-n-cheese.
8 oz of uncooked whole wheat pasta (any type will work)
3 wedges of Laughing Cow, Light Creamy Swiss
3/4 cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese made with 2% milk
1/2 Cup of Fat Free Milk
2 Tablespoons of Light Butter
Salt and Pepper to taste
1. Cook the noodles as directed.
2. Drain the noodles.
3. Add all other ingredients and mix together. Keep the heat on low until all ingredients as mixed and melted into creamy cheesy goodness.
Makes generous 4 servings.
If you are like me, and do not view mac-n-cheese as a complete meal, here are some options to make your meal more complete:
Add cooked, frozen peas.
You could also add chicken, or add both peas and chicken!
If you like your foods a little more separated you could serve them like this: (husband’s plate)
We also love the chicken pictured here. It is Tyson breaded chicken breast fillets (they are only 6PP for the whole piece).