Mac and cheese is a dish that's typically reserved for an occasional treat, but my toddler has decided that it is his most favorite food in the entire world. In an attempt to be able to serve a homemade version more often without all of the added fat and calories of the original, I was desperate to come up with a low calorie mac and cheese that would be a tasty substitute of the original favorite.
At less than 350 calories per serving, this casserole serves up only a fraction of the calories as its popular big brother.
This casserole has a creamy cheese sauce that starts with thickened almond milk seasoned up and mixed in with a variety of lowered fat cheeses. Whole wheat macaroni is used to lower the glycemic impact of the pasta, and some cooked chicken gets thrown in for some extra lean protein.
This casserole is a meal on its own, but we served it alongside some chopped braised broccoli and stewed tomatoes. It was a fantastic guilt-free dinner and one that I will be making again and again, or at least until my toddler decides he no longer likes macaroni and cheese, which I don't see happening any time in the near future.
Skinny macaroni and cheese doesn't have to be boring - give this a try some time and see what you think!Print
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