Healthy Beefy Macaroni Recipe

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Bite it! Hungry Girl's All-American Beefy Mac
HG's All-American Beefy Mac

Leader of the Mac

Whether you call it beefy mac, beefaroni, or American chop suey, a hearty pasta meal full of ground beef and rich tomato sauce rocks. Indulge in our AMAZING recipe without a lick of guilt...

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes

3 cups frozen cauliflower florets
4 1/2 oz. (about 1 1/4 cups) high-fiber elbow macaroni
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 1/2 cups chopped green bell pepper
1 lb. raw extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)
1 tbsp. chopped garlic
1/2 tsp. each salt and black pepper
2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
1 cup diced tomato
2 tbsp. canned tomato paste
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil
Optional seasoning: crushed red pepper

Place cauliflower in a large microwave-safe bowl; cover and microwave for 3 minutes. Uncover and stir. Re-cover and microwave for 2 minutes, or until hot. Drain excess liquid.

Roughly chop cauliflower, return to the bowl, and cover to keep warm.

In a large pot, cook pasta per package instructions, about 7 minutes. Drain pasta, and stir into cauliflower. Re-cover to keep warm.

Spray the pot with nonstick spray, and bring to medium-high heat. Add onion and bell pepper, and cook and stir until browned, about 4 minutes.

To the pot, add ground beef, garlic, salt, and black pepper. Cook, stir, and crumble until beef is fully cooked and veggies are soft, about 6 minutes.

Add all remaining ingredients to the pot, and stir well. Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low, and stir in cauliflower-pasta mixture. Cook until hot and well mixed, about 2 minutes.


Serving Size: 1/4th of recipe (about 2 1/2 cups)
Calories: 375
Fat: 6g
Sat Fat: 2g
Sodium: 690mg
Carbs: 50g
Fiber: 10g
Sugars: 13.5g
Protein: 33g

PointsPlus® value 9*

SmartPoints® value 6*

Fight it! American Chop Suey, Average
American Chop Suey, Average

Chop Eww-y

American chop suey is a childhood staple for many, no matter what you call it. And with good reason! What kid (or adult, for that matter) wouldn't love saucy ground beef mixed with a pile of elbow macaroni? The problem? It's fatty ground meat mixed with carby pasta, a.k.a. a high-calorie nightmare. And while there are some vegetables involved, there's rarely enough to balance things out. Our solution? Bulk up high-fiber macaroni with cauliflower and other tasty veggies, and swap out regular ground beef for the extra-lean kind. An easy, flavorful DIY sauce seals the deal. It's time for some serious comfort food with a not-so-serious calorie commitment...

Serving Size: 2 cups
Calories: 785
Fat: 30.5g
Sodium: 1,200mg
Carbs: 81.5g
Fiber: 7g
Sugars: 16g
Protein: 40.5g

PointsPlus® value 20*


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