Healthy Mac & Chesse - G/F


 

Mac & Cheese is one of my old time favorites! But unfortunately it doesn’t have many nutritional benefits and can leave me feeling rather blah and heavy…

So I have made it my mission to come up with something lighter, healthier, fast and still yummy with the traditional Mac & Cheese taste that we all love!

The pasta I have used today is Gluten Free elbow pasta, though wholemeal pasta would be a great option too (if you not affected by gluten). I have kept mine plant based, but as with all my recipes feel free to add your own spin! Free range chicken would be a great option to add for extra protein for you and your family.

This will serve 4-6 and will take about 15 mins from start to finish! 

What you will need

  • Gluten Free Elbow pasta (or wholemeal pasta)
  • 1/2 of a Cauliflower
  • 2 Cups of Edam Cheese- grated
  • 2 Cups of baby spinach
  • 1/2 Cup of Greek yogurt
  • teaspoon of onion salt
  • teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Options: 1/2 red onion thinly sliced and cherry tomatoes.

Note: I have left the red onion out for today.

How to

  • Cook the macaroni according to the package’s instructions (usually about 8-10 minutes)
  • While the pasta is being cooked, roughly chop up 1/2 of a cauliflower and pan fry in a non stick pan. This is where you can add your sliced red onion if you choose too (I like the cauliflower slightly underdone for the crunch!).
  • When the pasta is cooked, place the spinach leaves in the bottom of a strainer, and pour the pasta over top to drain and wilt the spinach.
  • Save about 1/2 cup of the pasta water, and then return the cooked macaroni and wilted spinach to your pot.
  • Now you can add about 1/4 cup of the reserve pasta water to the pot, and stir in the cheese until melted.
  • Stir in the Greek yogurt, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, until smooth and creamy.
  • Take the pot off the heat if needed, and add your cauliflower and red onion, mix well.
  • Serve nice and hot with some fresh cherry tomato to decorate, and add pepper. Feel free to add more baby spinach on top!

 

A fresh take on an old kiwi tradition. This will leave you feeling lighter than usual and will be great for next day lunches and those cold winter nights. A healthier alternative to good classic comfort food!

Nutritional benefits

  • Iron
  • Protein
  • Calcium
  • Zinc
  • Folate
  • Vitamin C, K

…along with many others.

Enjoy,