Healthful Macaroni and Cheese

Kayla Smith is an American Heart Association volunteer. She is passionate about educating the community about heart disease and stroke. This ia a recipe from their website, Delicious Decisions. All American Heart Association recipes are low in fat, calories, cholesterol and sodium, but our chefs find creative ways to make “comfort food” tasty. The recipe below is no exception – it’s quick, simple, inexpensive, and best of all, it tastes so good you don’t miss the extra calories!

  • 6 cups water
  • 1 9 or 10 ounce package frozen no-salt-added vegetables
  • 1 7 1/4 ounce package macaroni and cheese dinner mix
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup non-fat or low-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese

    In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil over high heat. Add vegetables and macaroni, reserving the cheese-sauce mix. Return to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 7 to 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender-crisp and macaroni is tender.

    Return macaroni mixture to saucepan. Place over medium heat and stir in milk, sour cream and and reserved cheese-sauce mix from package. Heat through, about 3 to 5 minutes. If desired, stir in Italian seasoning and pepper.

    Sprinkle each serving with 2 tablespoons shredded cheese.

    Calories: 281
    Protein: 15g
    Carbohydrates: 43g
    Total Fat: 5g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g
    Monounsaturated Fat: 1g
    Cholesterol: 12mg
    Sodium: 337mg

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