Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Healthified mac n cheese

I was trying to figure out what to eat for dinner one day when and I opened up the Home and Garden's that came that day and I came across a healthier version of mac and cheese. I am a big mac n cheese lover so if you can make a healthy mac n cheese taste good - you are my best friend! I thought I would try the recipe with a few adaptations:

-Whole wheat pasta 1 and 1/2 cups - I used whole wheat shells
-1 and 1/2 broccoli florets and finely chopped carrots
-1/4 cup finely chopped onion
-4 tsp olive oil
-3/4 cup 75% reduced fat white cheddar cheese
-1/2 cup 75% reduced fat pepper jack cheese
-1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
-1 and 2/3 cups fat free milk
-1 tbsp all-purpose flour
-crushed red pepper and italian seasonings to taste
-some panko bread crumbs to sprinkle on top


1. Heat oven to 425 degrees...while the oven is warming up cook pasta and add broccoli and carrots in the last 3 minutes of cooking...drain pasta and veggies and set aside.

2. While the pasta is cooking heat 2 tsp of olive oil in pan and cook onions until soft and translucent. Remove pan from heat and stir in parmesan cheese...stir until blended.

3. In a medium bowl whisk together milk and flour until smooth...add to onion mixture...cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly...reduce heat to low and add the rest of the cheese...stir until melted...add cooked pasta mixture and stir to coat.

4. Transfer pasta mixture to a cassarole dish...in a small bowl toss panko breadcrumbs with remaining oil and sprinkle on top of pasta...sprinkle with crushed red pepper and italian seasonings...bake for 15 minutes or until top of browned.

This mac and cheese is probably the best mac and cheese I have ever had...it had so much flavor and it was a much healthier option...until I ate almost all of it...and saw it was supposed to feed six...whoops!
If you want to see the original recipe it was in the March 2010 Better Homes and Gardens.
Some pictures of the finished product:

Asain Inspired Turkey Burgers

I was trying to work out and eat healthier for a while so this meant trying to be creative with some healthier ingredients - during this time I made an amazing Asain inspired burger that I think should be featured on a menu somewhere that's how good this burger was;)


- 1 pound ground turkey
-chopped cilantro to taste
-chopped broccoli slaw
-grated fresh ginger
-grated ginger
-a few dashes of hot sauce
-2 teaspoons of soy sauce
-red pepper flakes to taste

Mix all indredients together and shape into burgers. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes or until burgers brown slightly.

The mixture


The finished product - baked burger with ketsup, more broccoli slaw on a whole wheat bun.

Paneer Masala

It's been so long since my last post...I have been cooking just very busy with travel and work...it seem's like there are never enough hours is the day anymore! I had some paneer that I needed to use up so I decided to make paneer masala...it came out very good but also very spicy, next time I think I will cut the amount of garam masala next time! It was also very easy to make - just chop, mix and bake:


- 4 teaspoons powdered garam masala
-1/2 a yellow onion chopped
-2 tablespoons of tomato paste
-one small tomato chopped
-3 tablespoons plain yogurt
-1/2 of a chopped red pepper
-1 block of paneer chopped
-1 cup diced pinapple chunks
-grated garlic and ginger to taste
-some chopped fresh cilantro

I just mixed all ingredients together and baked in a 400 degree preheated oven until the paneer was lightly browned.

All of the veggies chopped....

With the tomato paste, spices and yogurt

After everything was mixed and cooked in the oven.