Healthier Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipes
Indulge in lighter versions of everyone's favorite comfort food
Let's hope everyone reading this article is ready to ban the blue box from
their kitchen (at least for the day) and is open to the magic of homemade
macaroni and cheese. And as the "Recipe Doctor," of course, I'm going
to lighten this historic American recipe a bit. Nutritionally, there are three
ways to improve on homemade macaroni and cheese:
Make a lower-fat and saturated fat cheese sauce. You can do this by
reducing or eliminating the butter, using lower-fat milk instead of whole milk
or cream, and substituting a reduced-fat cheese with lots of flavor.
Use a higher-fiber noodle. Several brands of whole-grain or
whole-grain blend pasta are available in most supermarkets. Most taste great,
and they boost the nutrients and fiber in the dish.
Add some veggies. Hot pasta dishes such as macaroni and cheese offer
the perfect opportunity to work in a serving of nutritious vegetables,
including red bell pepper, broccoli or cauliflower florets, spinach, or
carrots. Stir in the lightly cooked veggies right before serving or serve them
aside the macaroni dish.
Macaroni and Cheese Recipes
With these three tips in mind, here are three macaroni and cheese recipes
for you to try; one recipe for beginners (perfect for younger kids who aren't
quite ready for sauces), one for the intermediate macaroni and cheese eater (a
light version of a more traditional American recipe), and one for the more
advanced eater (a light version of a fancy restaurant rendition with lobster or
crab and stronger-flavored cheeses).