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Guiltless Mac N Cheese

Healthy Mac ‘N Cheese

(Dairy)

No, you don’t need to check your glasses prescription; this is a recipe for healthy Mac’ N Cheese.

What’s more, it actually tastes good.

I’m sorry if this recipe goes against your religion, but I had to do it.

I love Mac ‘N Cheese; it’s up there between my family and puppies. It’s way up there with chocolate, ice cream, and snow days.

I’m like most people, when I say that growing up, on days that seemed  longer than 24 hours, when supper came around my mother was too tired to prepare a four course affair. When you are at the age when missing a few teeth is cute and not sad, your mom is like a seasoned chef when she offers to make you Mac ‘N Cheese for dinner.

Now let’s be honest, we’re just friends here, who has the patience to make a roux on a Wednesday night?

Not me, and not my mother, so I got to bounce around the room while she pulled out the cheese powder from the box. A bit of margarine and an exquisite cheese sauce was made.

For fun, I now try to spell a few of the ingredients on the side of that box. It’s a great diet starter, because by the end I kind of lose my appetite.

Now that I am a bit older, and I don’t want to sprinkle death over my pasta, I long for Mac ‘N Cheese. This recipe is my compromise between health and memories, but not taste.

The secret to its success is the Greek yogurt I used in the sauce to make it super creamy. The vegetables give the dish some extra texture and the panko bread crumb topping gives it a punch of flavor.

This recipe is for a crowd, but you can easily make half  if you want to feed four happy costumers. It’s freezer friendly so you can even save some for the next time you can’t be bothered to make a roux, or anything for dinner.

Healthy Mac ‘N Cheese

(Dairy)

Serves: about 8 as a main course/ about 12 as a side

Ingredients:

16 oz. whole wheat pasta

1 cup of fresh spinach (chopped and packed)

1 large red pepper (cut like match sticks)

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 small sweet potato (peeled and diced)

2 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup of plain Greek yogurt

5 garlic cloves (minced)

1/4 cup of parmesan cheese

1/3 cup of panko bread crumbs

1 tsp dry cilantro

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

2. Cook you pasta in boiling water until it is al dente or a bit harder then you normally like to eat it.

3. While your pasta cooks, cut your vegetables.

4. Place your spinach leaves and sliced red pepper on the bottom of a strainer.

5. Then place your strainer inside a larger, heat safe bowl.

6. When you pasta is ready pour it through the strainer while it remains in the bowl.

Save the pasta water for later use.

7. Place your pot back on your burner and raise the heat to medium high.

8. Add your oil to the pot.

9. Once your oil is hot, add the pieces of sweet potato.

10. Sauté your sweet potato until it begins to soften.

11. Now add 1/3 cup of pasta water to the pot along

    with your cheddar cheese.

12. Stir, allowing your cheese to melt.

13.Once your cheese has melted, stir in the Greek 

    yogurt.

  1. 14.       Your sauce should start to come together as one smooth and cheesy sauce.

If you feel your sauce is too thick, stir in some more of the pasta’s cooking liquid.

  1. 15.       Pour your pasta, spinach, and peppers into a large baking dish.
  2. 16.       Toss your pasta and vegetables with your cheese sauce. Make sure to mix the pasta thoroughly so that there is an even amount of sauce and vegetables throughout your baking dish.
  3. 17.       In a small bowl combine your garlic, parmesan cheese, panko bread crumbs, and cilantro.
  4. 18.       Generously sprinkle your mixture on top of your Macaroni ‘N Cheese.
  5. 19.       Bake your Macaroni ‘N Cheese on the top shelf of your oven for about 12 minutes or until it’s top turns golden brown.
  6. 20.       Serve immediately. 

fitandskinny:

FITANDSKINNY GIVEAWAY!

As some of you may know I’ve been sick and injured recently, and I’ve fallen off the wagon for a bit, and gained 3kgs. So to celebrate my ‘getting back on the wagon’ I’m doing a bit of a giveaway to thank you all for sticking around!

What’s included: 

  1. Green 2gb iPod Shuffle 
  2. Purple Lorna Jane Drink Bottle
  3. Lululemon Sports Bra
  4. Nike Free Run 5.0
  5. Lululemon Cropped Tights
  6. Body Shop Strawberry Glasshouse- Gel and Soap
  7. 3 Boxes of Yogi DeTox Tea
  8. Lululemon Jacket- Perfect for running in the colder months
  9. A bunch of Surprise stuff

What you have to do:

  • Be following me: http://fitandskinny.tumblr.com/. I’ll be checking. 
  • Reblog as much as you want, but likes don’t count!
  • Winner doesn’t have to be a health and fitness blog, but it cannot be a blog that promotes unhealthy behaviour or eating disorders. Recovery blogs are fine. 
  • You have until November 2nd, 2013!
  • Winner will be chosen with a random generator
  • Shoes, bra, tights and jacket will all be bought after the winner has told me their size.
  • Have your ask open so I can contact you if you win.
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the message, otherwise another winner will be chosen.
  • Please do not remove this text or change the links, if it’s changed the reblogs from that will not be eligible.

Remember the more you reblog, the more entries you have! Good Luck!

booksandhotchocolate:

Rules:

  • Must be following booksandhotchocolate 
  • Reblog and like to have a chance to win a signed copy of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl
  • This will be available WORLDWIDE
  • You must be willing to give your shipping address away to me.
  • The winner will be randomly chosen through a random number generator
  • Keep your ask box open so I can contact you if you win
  • The winner have 24 hours to reply back to me via messaging 
  • The giveaway ends November 4, 2013
  • If you have any questions ask me here (I will not answer anon questions)

Cool chance to win free book

findinghealthyhappiness:

i decided to do another giveaway because so many people participated in the last one. it includes:

  • les mills combat: this is an awesome beachbody program. it is the only thing used but it still works perfectly. it includes the fitness guide, nutrition guide, all of the dvds (i got the package with the most dvds), tape measurer, and the gloves. the gloves were used by me. i will clean and disinfect them. but you can decide if you want them or not. you do not need them. but they’re fun to have.
  • embark resistance bands: these bands have all three resistances (light, medium and heavy) and include an exercise manual.
  • contigo water bottle: leak and spill proof. it’s the water bottle i use!
  • larabars: chocolate chip cookie dough
  • rubbermaid lunch blox: perfect for school or work. it keeps your food cold.
  • nature’s wick pumpkin nutmeg candle: i have this too. it is awesome. it smells amazing and when it is lit the container it is in glows through a pumpkin design.
  • taylor kitchen scale: another thing i have. because measuring cups aren’t enough.
  • i might add more later on!

RULES:

must be following me

reblogs only but you can like it to bookmark it

please do not spam your followers with this. and only real blogs.

winner will be chosen by random.org so you can reblog as many times as your want (but seriously, don’t spam your followers)

will ship internationally. so anyone can participate.

ends on October 10, 2013

This sounds pretty awesome

thefitty:

QUESTBAR GIVEAWAY:

  • 2 boxes (24 different bars) sample pack, shipping and handling included.

HOW MANY WINNERS?

I’ve yet to decide. Perhaps one or two. If one, that person will win 2 boxes(24 bars), and if two, each one gets 12 bars.

LOCATION?

You must live on Earth!

Ways to win:

  • *Reblog post. This is mandatory (if you don’t have a tumblr, that’s okay, head on over to the link below)
  • Click here to enter giveaway
  • All entries(reblogs included) will be checked!

You may enter daily, and more than once per day. The more you enter, bigger the chance of winning.

WHAT ARE THEY?

Click below to learn more about Quest Bars.

 

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fitnessgyro:

Fitblr Giveaway for my amazing followers for finally hitting 20k!! 
♡ Rules ♡
Must be following me
Reblog as much as you want
Likes will not be counted but can like to bookmark
Blog type doesn’t matter
Live in USA

♡ What’s in it!? ♡

Thisis a secret! The winner of the giveaway will find out what’s inside on the day he/she gets the box
The best I can say is that it’s fitblr things, goodies, and something personally from me
♡ Notes♡
Choosing in 2-3 weeks
Winner must answer in 48 hours or choosing someone else
No blogs just to reblog the giveaway
Please don’t message me things like “omg I would love to win this” or sympathy messages for it
Any questions just ask me! Good luck! xx

fitnessgyro:

Fitblr Giveaway for my amazing followers for finally hitting 20k!! 

♡ Rules 

  • Must be following me
  • Reblog as much as you want
  • Likes will not be counted but can like to bookmark
  • Blog type doesn’t matter
  • Live in USA

♡ What’s in it!? 

  • Thisis a secret! The winner of the giveaway will find out what’s inside on the day he/she gets the box
  • The best I can say is that it’s fitblr things, goodies, and something personally from me

♡ Notes

  • Choosing in 2-3 weeks
  • Winner must answer in 48 hours or choosing someone else
  • No blogs just to reblog the giveaway
  • Please don’t message me things like “omg I would love to win this” or sympathy messages for it
Any questions just ask me! Good luck! xx