Healthier Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese in 15 Minutes

Woo hoo!! This week was fantastic! I got right back into the routine of working out and trying to cook healthy meals. Due to my missed week of training, I busted out week three of the couch to 5k in two days, Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then two repetitions of the following: Jog 90 seconds, Walk 90 seconds, Jog 3 minutes, Walk three minutes. The first session, as previously mentioned, was on Sunday followed by 4 sets of Tabata. On Monday, I repeated the sequence twice and nixed any weight training.

I went home and made 15 Minute Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese from Ambitious Kitchen …. Slightly modified. I was thrilled to find this recipe. I am a huge mac and cheese lover, but always try to stay away from it because it is so unhealthy, but this recipe offered a great alternative. I put a link above to the original recipe, but here is what I did:

16 oz whole grain Rottini (only because this is what we had in the house and I have been wanting to use it).
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1 package GO Veggie! Lactose and Soy Free Cheddar Shreds (about 2 ½ cups)
1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1 head of broccoli
Several dashes of Garlic
Ground black pepper, to taste

Cook noodles according to package directions in a large pot. This is important … I accidentaly used a small pot and it was a disaster. I recovered, but it was irratating. A few minutes before pasta is finished cooking, addd chopped brocolli. Drain cooked pasta and broccoli and pour back into the pot. Return to heated stove. Reduce heat to low and immediately add in butter, almond milk and GO Veggie! Cheddar Shreds. Gently stir with a wooden spoon until cheese begins to melt and form into a nice and thick sauce … If the sauce is to thick, add more Almond Milk. Stir in breadcrumbs and garlic. And, finish with pepper to taste. Makes about 7 servings.

I loved it and so did John Paul … the cheese was gooey and delicious. However, my girlfriend hated it …. she and her family thought there was a funny after taste to the cheese … She added a ton of hot sauce and it all worked out. I didn’t detect an after taste, but she also did not include the garlic, bread crumbs and pepper. I will be adding this to my recipe index for future use.

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