Psst! I have a confession to make. One of the meals that I absolutely detested growing up was mac and cheese. I'm sorry - I loved my mother's cooking, but I refused to eat mac and cheese. Now that I am an expat from the US, and have yet again changed the country I call home, I miss America and American food. Food makes me nostalgic. However, I most certainly do not miss my mom's boxed mac and cheese - and no, not the healthy-ish Annie's version, but the straight up cheapest, boxed, plastic tasting cheese kind of mac and cheese.
Now that I live in the Netherlands, sometimes, I just want some American style food. And mac and cheese is definitely one of those foods. So, I decided to try making my own, relatively healthy mac and cheese from scratch! Here are my results:
A homemade, skinny version that is also green! Now that was tasty! It's also so easy to make - and it contains so many vitamins!
Let's move on to the recipe, shall we?
- 1/2 a head of cauliflower chopped into small pieces
- 1.5 cups of frozen spinach
- 1.5 cups of peas
- 3 spring onions
- 1/4 cup of cheese
- 2 1/4 cups of skim milk or coconut milk
- 1/4 cups of buckwheat or whole wheat flour
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 sprig of fresh thyme or a dash of dried thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- Optional: 1/2 pound (1/4 kilo) of lean mince meat
- Pan fry the mince meat in some extra virgin olive oil (if using)
- Add cauliflower
- Add the milk
- Bring to boil then simmer on a low heat for about five minutes. At this point the cauliflower should be getting soft
- Add the rest of the veggies and spices at this point
- Bring to a boil again and then simmer on low heat for about ten minutes. At this point, the vegetables should all be soft
- Add the flour gradually as you stir it in
- Once the flour is incorporated, simmer for another two minutes, then turn off the heat
- Get out your blending tool and puree the vegetables. An immersion blender would work really well here. If you are using a blender, you should make sure that you give the mixture several minutes to cool before blending!
- Stir in the cheese
An easy, fairly healthy, and quick mac and cheese! Plus it's green - a fun way to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day!
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