Thursday, 16 January 2014

Not really mac and cheese recipe

Healthy 'mac and cheese' recipe

I fully intended for this to be a healthy mac and cheese recipe. I did! I spent some time thinking up the perfect recipe, got the Toddler to go down for a nap, and prepared all of my ingredients. Then I looked at the macaroni, and I wasn't feeling it. Nope, not in the mood.

Macaroni was swapped for fettuccine. Then the cooking commenced, and the final result was delicious, but definitely not macaroni and cheese! I present:

What was supposed to be a healthy mac and cheese recipe 


Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy mac and cheese recipe


Servings

Two adult portions and one toddler portion

Ingredients

  • 1/8 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup milk of choice*
  • 1 cup (frozen) peas 
  • 1/2 cup (frozen) spinach
  • 1/8 cup grated cheese. I used parmesan
  • 1 cup pasta 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
* I used whole milk because that's what we had, but normally, I do use skim in recipes like this. Obviously skim milk will make this recipe lower in calories than whole, but you may need to add an additional tablespoon of flour or cornstarch to thicken everything up.

Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy mac and cheese recipe

Instructions

  • Cook pasta based on package instructions 
  • While the pasta is cooking, add milk and flour to a pot 
  • Bring to boil then simmer for two to three minutes
  • Once the milk mixture has thickened, add the vegetables 
  • Note: for a fully creamy sauce sans the bursts of peas, you can just puree the peas and spinach before adding them to the milk
  • Let this simmer slowly until the the veggies are cooked 
  • Add the cheese 
  • Turn off heat immediately and whisk in the cheese

Done! I added some chives and a small squeeze of lemon juice to it.  I suppose it could have been a green mac and cheese had I pureed the spinach and peas rather than just adding them, but I was impatient. 


Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy mac and cheese recipe


Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy mac and cheese recipe


I love this recipe. It was one of those rare instances of kitchen bliss as I prepared and everything just came together beautifully, and it was very quick. Granted, this wasn't the vision I initially had, but the final result- yum! I love that it's loaded with amazing greens, I love how the peas burst in your mouth, and the extra kick from the chives and lemon. The Toddler loved it. He gobbled it up excitedly, and I was very pleased to have found a new way to get him to eat spinach! The Hubby even enjoyed it, and he doesn't like mac and cheese. Well, it's not really mac and cheese, not even a little. It's more like fettuccine alfredo? Right? Something like that. 

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