Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dilemma: Finding meals that my husband likes

My husband is a simple kind of guy when it comes to meals.   He calls himself "plain" I call him "picky", but that's a debate for later.   The problem I have is finding these "plain" meals that have good nutrients in them.   I know my kids will probably end up being the same way at least for the first few years of their life, so I have been on a mission to find healthy, simple meals.  Last night I made good 'ol Mac 'N Cheese (the healthy way) and it was DeLish!   Here's the recipe courtesy Deceptively Delicious:

Bring Large pot of water to a boil and add 1 1/2 cups wheat elbow macaroni.  Cook according to package direction until al dente.  Drain in a colander.

Coat large saucepan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat.  Add 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil, then 1 Tbsp. Flour, and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture resembles a thick paste but has not browned, 1-2 minutes.

Add 1/2 cup Skim Milk and cook, stirring every now and then, until the mixture begins to thicken, 3-4 minutes.  Add 1/2 cup Butternut Squash Puree*, 1 1/2 cups Shredded Cheddar Reduced Fat Cheese, 4 ounces non-fat Cream Cheese, and Seasoning (1/2 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper, 1/8 tsp paprika).  Stir until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.  Stir Macaroni and cheese sauce together.

Place in baking dish, top with desired amount of cheese and bake at 350F until cheese is melted. Serves 4-6 people.

* Cut top off Butternut Squash, cut in half and scoop out seeds.  Place on baking sheet flesh side down and roast the halves at 400F for 45-50 minutes.  Scoop out flesh and puree in blender or food processor for about 2 minutes.

Hope you all enjoy this dish as much as we did!