Cravings are often the cause of why we fail on a healthy eating plan. We have good intentions, but then we find ourselves giving into our cravings. A friend of mine recently told me a story of how mac and cheese dish was “calling out” to her. Can you relate? I can. Food can call out to me too. The chocolate in the fridge says: “You deserve it, it’s just a little treat.” Cookies in the cupboard softly whisper, “Come get me!”
But then my friend was reminded of how the mac and cheese would be and how it would sabotage her diet, so she went to the fridge, pulled it out and tossed it. But in order for her not to dig it out of the garbage later, (I’ve done this, so no judgment here!) she put it in a Diaper Genie! 🤣
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Healthier Choice Mac & Cheese
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni – whole wheat, gluten-free, quinoa, etc.
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 small onion
1/4 cup rice flour (or other flour of choice)
1/2 cup whole organic milk (or other milk substitutes)
1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
Organic chicken or vegetable broth (if needed)
1 cup cheese, shredded (Try Cabot’s 50% Reduced Fat Cheddar)
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1/4-1/2 teaspoon pepper
1-2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast (so yummy & cheesy!)
Parmesan cheese (optional and not needed if you use nutritional yeast)
In a large pot of salted water, cook the pasta according to package directions for al dente.
In a large, heavy skillet, melt oil over low-medium heat then add the onion and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook 1 minute or until mixture is combined. Whisk in milk and broth, raise heat to medium-high until it comes to a boil, then cook an additional 5 minutes or until smooth and thick. Adjust with broth (or milk/yogurt) depending on desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.
Remove from heat, add cheese, and stir until melted. Stir in the cooked pasta, then pour into the prepared baking dish. Top with the nutritional yeast and parsley.
Bake at 375 F. for 15-20 minutes.