My Mac N Cheese
10 oz of whole grain pasta, elbow macaroni (1 box)
20 oz. frozen puree squash (2 packages) frozen, let them thaw.
2 Cups of low -fat milk
1-1/3 cup of grated Monterey Jack cheese
½ Cup of Ricotta, low fat
Salt, and pepper
1 teaspoon of dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons of bread crumbs, seasoned and fine
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 9 X 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Cook the macaroni according to the package directions. Drain and transfer to the baking dish.
Place the frozen squash, milk in a large sauce pan and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally and breaking up the squash.
Turn the heat up to medium and cook until the mixture is just simmering.
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the ricotta, Monterey Jack cheese, salt, dry mustard, and the cayenne.
Pour the mixture over the macaroni and stir to combine.
Combine the breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and oil in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the top of the Macaroni and cheese. Bake until the cheeses ar bubbling around the edges, about 20 minutes, then broil for 2-3 minutes until brown.
Serving Size: 2 Cups
Calories: 390 per serving / Compared to Kraft Macaroni and Cheese 620 Calories per 2 Cup
Nutritional Facts: Total fat 11 grams, Cholesterol, 35 mg, Sodium 546 mg, Protein 18 grams, Fiber 3.5
While the nutritional values of Calcium, Iron, and Vitamin A are similar, my version has a huge savings on Carbohydrates and Calories.
(1) package of lean ground turkey 90%
(2 ) 2 teaspoons of avocado mayonnaise
(3) Salt and pepper to your taste
(4 ) 1/8 C of seasoned bread crumbs
(5) 1/2 red onion, diced
(6) 1/2 juice of a lemon
Mix together all of the ingredients. Mix well. I use my hands
Form medium size balls and shape into a burger
In a skillet, preferably cast iron, add 1 teaspoon of avocado oil, olive oil , or grapeseed oil.
Bring temperature to medium heat, add the burgers, letting them cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until just tender while pressing in the middle.
You can serve this on a plate, using a knife and fork. with grilled vegetables, and a small baked potato.
Serve on 1/2 of a whole grain bun toasted, with grilled vegetables or a garden salad with, dressing of olive oil lemon, and white wine vinegar, salt and pepper.
Place the burger on a bed of Arugula, add 2 slices of Avocado, 1 slice of red onion, and 1 slice of tomato, drizzle with olive oil