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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Very Veggie Mac & Cheese

Very Veggie Mac & Cheese

This is one of the recipes that I’m trying out from the new Gooseberry Patch book that I’m reviewing called Good-For-You-Everyday Meals. My review of the book will be coming up very soon. Meanwhile enjoy the recipes that I get to share with you.

This recipe is comfort food at it’s best. I mean who doesn’t like mac & cheese? Add some veggies and you could say it’s “good” for you. This is a lightened up version of your typical mac & cheese so make it without guilt.

I go ahead and get all my veggies chopped up while the macaroni is cooking.

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Make it gluten free by using macaroni like the kind I used  below.IMG_6642

I loved the idea of throwing your veggies into the same pot as the macaroni near the end of the cooking time. Saves dirtying up more pans. IMG_6643  Drain your pasta and veggies and put in a big bowl.

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Making the sauce was a snap. I used the same pan as I had cooked the other things in.

Sauté’ your onion and garlic

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Throw in your milk mixture and cheeses and heat until nice and creamy.

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Toss it all together and Voila!

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Serious yumminess!IMG_6649

Very Veggie Mac & Cheese

8-oz. pkg. elbow macaroni, uncooked (I used gluten free macaroni)

1 c. carrots, peeled and sliced

1 c. broccoli, chopped

1 c. cauliflower, chopped

1-1/4 c. fat-free milk

2 T. cornstarch

2 T. extra-virgin olive oil

1 onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 c. reduced-fat shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1/2 c. reduced-fat shredded Cheddar cheese

1/4 c. reduced-fat cream cheese.

Prepare macaroni according to package directions; add vegetables to cooking water during the last 5 minutes of cooking time. Drain; place in a serving bowl. Meanwhile, whisk together milk and cornstarch in a bowl; set aside. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes. Add milk mixture to onion mixture; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; add cheese. Cook and stir until cheeses are melted; pour over macaroni mixture. Toss until well combined.

Makes 8 servings.

This recipe can be found on page 166 of the cookbook.

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Be on the lookout for more yummy recipes coming up very soon. I also have a Recipe index where you might find more tantalizing recipes.

Have a lovely day.

Kim

2 comments:

  1. Does sound verrrry good. Thanks for sharing with us. :-)

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  2. It is approaching dinner time and as usual trying to decide what? This "smells" yummo! :) Must try.

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