Friday, June 17, 2011

Healthy Mac N Cheese?

Is there even such a thing?

We all have those days... nothing but a good plate of carbs will do for dinner. Pasta is a big staple in my house and then probably white/brown rice.
Last evening was one of those days when I was struck with a desire to make Mac n cheese. No I'm not a fan of southern food but homemade macaroni with some fresh wisconsin cheese and a light sauce.... sounds good right? Operative word being "light".  It was probably my third attempt ever making mac n cheese and I must say it was a big FAIL. :-( I had all the ingredients (pasta, milk, butter, spices, cheese) on hand so it seemed like things would work out but nooooo.....

So this is my list of Do's and Don'ts I learnt from yesterday..

- Do NOT use skim milk- It just doesn't work. Use at least 1 or 2%. There needs to be enough fat in the dish for the sauce to be smooth.
- Do NOT use low fat cheese- Again, all I had was reduced fat cheddar and some chipotle jack and my guess is the reduce fat cheese caused the sauce to separate . :meh: You end up with a less than desirable texture. 
Obviously making a health conscious Mac N cheese is not easy .. which ingredients can I compromise on? 
- Do use multigrain or whole wheat pasta- it tastes great with a rich cheese sauce.
- Do add in spices like nutmeg, garlic, smoked paprika...

So if any of y'all in blog land have a relatively healthy recipe for Mac N cheese I'm all ears.

1 comment:

  1. What a disappointing result. I love making homemade mac and cheese. I usually make mine with 1% milk and reduced fat cheddar cheese. A few friends mentioned they run into the same problem with the cheese sauce separating. Below is a link to a light version of mac and cheese:


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