Swap for Boxed Mac & Cheese + More Healthy Macaroni Recipes

Dec 11 2018
So many of us have a soft spot for boxed macaroni & cheese, with its bright orange packet of delicious cheese powder. Enter today’s MVP: Anthony’s Cheddar Cheese Powder… GMO free and made WITHOUT artificial colors. Factor in fiber-boosted mac and a few more smart ingredients, and you’ve got a winning recipe for the nostalgic comfort food!

Hungry Girl's Healthy Outside-the-Box Mac ‘n Cheese Recipe

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1/4th of recipe (about 1 2/3 cups): 250 calories, 10g total fat (5g sat fat), 599mg sodium, 31.5g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 10g sugars, 11g protein

Blue Plan (Freestyle) SmartPoints® value 8*

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

7 cups chopped cauliflower (about 1 extra-large head)

3 oz. (about 1 cup) uncooked high-fiber elbow macaroni

1/3 cup light/reduced-fat cream cheese

1/3 cup cheddar cheese powder (like the kind by Anthony’s)

1/4 cup light sour cream

2 tbsp. fat-free milk

1 1/2 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread

1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper, or more to taste

Directions:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add cauliflower and pasta. Cook both for 10 - 12 minutes, until cauliflower is tender and pasta is cooked.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, add all remaining ingredients. Stir until mostly smooth and uniform.

Drain cauliflower and pasta, and transfer to the large bowl. Thoroughly stir to coat.

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

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