Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Easy Mac (Without the Chemicals!)

Mac and cheese is basically known as the go-to college meal, but store-bought mac and cheese is basically a bowl of empty carbs and calories with a ton of chemicals. True, homemade mac and cheese doesn't have to be an unhealthy dinner. In fact, if made with a healthy, high-fiber pasta and real cheese, it can be a protein-packed and fiber-friendly meal (and still super simple and college-friendly!) Traditional homemade mac and cheese recipes call for tons of butter and cream to make a thick, cheesy sauce, but Tiny Tummy doesn't need an of that! Really, this recipe can be made with just two ingredients if you're really short on time, but I'll give you a few ways to spruce it up if you're feelin' frisky.

Easy Mac (Almost as simple as the chemical carby microwaveable mess!)

3-4oz high fiber elbow pasta (I'm a huge fan of Fiber Gourmet's Elbows)
1 slice of cheese of choice or 1 oz shredded cheese (I used cheddar!)
optional: some dehydrated onion and garlic flakes and some red pepper flakes for some heat

Prepare your pasta according to package directions. Once cooked through, drain pasta, but don't rinse. While pasta is still hot, break down the cheese slice and stir until the cheese has melted through. Sprinkle some dehydrated onion flakes for a little added crunch if you so please, and eat up! P.S, if you don't like elbow pasta, feel free to sub shells, penne, or any other pasta you like!

Feelin' Frisky? If you like a thicker sauce, mix in a Laughing Cow cheese wedge- any flavor you like, though I find the French Onion works nicely! This will give the sauce a creamier consistency without adding butter, milk, or cream! Pin It

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