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Who doesn’t love a good mac and cheese? Who doesn’t savor each and every bite even more if it’s healthy and guilt-free?
I have a horrendous sweet tooth (ice-cream-chocolate-cake-and-pie tooth, rather), but pastas and breads don’t tempt me. At all. I don’t think I’ve had real mac and cheese since I started eating the Trim Healthy Mama way over two years ago. Mac and cheese is just not something I crave, which is why this recipe – a basic recipe that belongs in everyone’s arsenal – is so long in coming. But when I made it and took one bite of that noodle-y, cheesy goodness, I realized just how much I really had missed macaroni and cheese.
I used Dreamfield’s pasta to make this healthy macaroni and cheese. Dreamfield’s is manufactured in a unique way so as to minimize a blood sugar spike, and it is approved in the Trim Healthy Mama plan in S or E settings as a personal-choice item once in awhile. If you find your weight loss stalling, Dreamfield’s pasta would be an item to cut back on. Making this macaroni and cheese is actually the first time I had ever used Dreamfield’s pasta in the 2+ years I’ve been doing THM, and it’s not something I’m going to use on a regular basis, but for a once-in-awhile treat I don’t have a problem with it. If you’d rather use this mac and cheese sauce on zucchini noodles, go for it! I was curious to see how eating this pasta would make my stomach feel, because after being on THM I hardly ever eat pasta; and if I ever do eat bready or pasta-y things, they make my stomach hurt. This pasta didn’t make my stomach hurt, so that was kind of my personal gauge to see if my body could handle it or not.
Update – Adria Sims said she made this recipe using zoodles instead of Dreamfield’s and low-fat mozzarella in place of the cheddar cheese. Looks delish!
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I guarantee your kids and picky husbands will enjoy this mac and cheese! We scarfed it down.
Need more family friendly dishes? How about…
- No Bake Snack Bars
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Cookies n Cream Ice Cream
- Crispy Chicken Cheese Quesadilla
- Crockpot Beef and Gravy
- Parmesan Chicken Tenders
- Mommy’s Meatloaf
- Low Carb Pizza Crust
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
You can find this recipe in my cookbook, Necessary Food.
Psstt…have you checked out the new THM Blogger Test Kitchen Facebook group yet? It’s an awesome group created and adminned by several of us who have been blogging Trim Healthy Mama friendly recipes for a long time. The purpose of the group is to provide a spot where we can share our new (and old) recipes in organized albums for your browsing convenience! There’s new stuff going on all the time, including threads for holiday recipes (so go get some Easter inspiration!). All the recipes are from veteran THM bloggers, so you can have full assurance that they’re on plan. Here’s that group link again, so go join! We also have a collaborative Pinterest board that you can follow here.
Right now we’re sponsoring a $100 gift card giveaway, which you can enter here.
- 2 cups dry Dreamfield's penne pasta (or whatever shape you prefer)
- Cheese sauce:
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 T salted butter
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. black pepper
- Cook the Dreamfield's pasta according to package directions (cook until al dente; do not overcook!).
- Meanwhile melt the cheese sauce ingredients together in a nonstick saucepan. Do not boil. Whisk the mixture together until smooth.
- When the pasta is done, drain it and stir it into the cheese sauce. Serve immediately. Yields 4-5 servings.
- Reheating any leftover mac and cheese will take away the low-glycemic properties of the pasta. I love the leftovers cold!
- Feel free to use this cheese sauce on veggie noodles (like zoodles) if you prefer!