by Jessica Goldman Foung in Healthy Recipes, April 19, 2015
by Dana Angelo White in Taste Test, October 20, 2014
Macaroni and cheese needs only three things to be great: creamy sauce, toothy noodles and melty cheese. But even though the math is simple, those few ingredients, especially when they come from a box, can quickly add up to over 800 milligrams of sodium per 1 cup serving, depending on brand. And depending on how many servings you actually eat. Read more
by Amie Valpone in Healthy Recipes, July 5, 2013
Are you falling for claims that many brands of frozen macaroni and cheese are reasonable options for a healthy dinner? Check out the results of this evaluation before your next trip down the freezer aisle. Read more
by Robin Miller in Healthy Recipes, April 9, 2012
Everyone loves a good bowl of comforting mac and cheese, right? When it’s too hot to turn on the oven to make baked macaroni and cheese, make this easy, stove-top version instead. It’s extra-flavorful and you can whip up this easy dish in no time. I’ve tossed in corn and spinach for added fresh flavor (plus fiber) as well as red pepper flakes for a bit of heat to fire up summer celebrations. And did I mention, it’s both dairy and gluten-free? So you can rest assured your guests all have something to enjoy. Leftovers for this dish taste great the next day added to a fresh bed of leafy greens such as arugula.
by Toby Amidor in Uncategorized, March 8, 2012
Turn kid friendly mac and cheese into adult (and kid) friendly mac and cheese cakes.
People constantly confess to me that their biggest diet pitfall is nibbling on their kid’s leftovers. French fries, macaroni and cheese, burgers, pizza. Things you wouldn’t put on YOUR dinner plate, but eat while doing the dishes. Instead of feeling guilty, why not enjoy kid food with reckless abandon? Even better – get creative with leftovers and make memorable meals for the entire family. Macaroni and cheese is the perfect place to start because kids love it and parents devour all remaining scraps (along with their adult meals). That’s when calories skyrocket. To start, you need a great recipe for macaroni and cheese; one that’s healthy yet rich and bursting with cheese flavor. My renowned macaroni and cheese is below. I bake mine to create a creamy middle and crisp, Parmesan-spiked topping (the part everyone loves). It’s sinful tasting, yet lighter in fat and calories thanks to light sour cream and evaporated skim milk. Since the recipe makes a big batch, you can easily store leftovers and enjoy my mac n cheese cakes with spicy tomato sauce another day – crispy, Parmesan and panko-crusted cakes dipped in warm, smoky tomato sauce. Got creative uses for YOUR leftovers? Let’s hear ‘em!
by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, February 8, 2010
Which is healthier?
Our next head-to-head battle is between two popular pasta entrées. We’re pitting cheesy layers of lasagna against gooey mac & cheese. Who’ll win this food fight?
If your lasagna includes pasta, veggies, cheese and meat, you’ve got yourself a pretty balanced meal. Plus the tomato sauce is a great way to get in the antioxidant lycopene.
This dish is also easy to modify— pile on more veggies or eliminate the cheese to accomodate a dairy allergy. It’s also a very easy dish to cook and freeze in individual portions—a plus for those busy weeknights.
by Toby Amidor in Back to School, Kid-Friendly, August 17, 2009
- Alton's Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese tops just about everyone’s list of favorite comfort foods — and Alton Brown’s version repeatedly tops the list of Food Network’s most popular recipes. It’s easy to see why: It feeds a crowd, and the gooey goodness is so filling. The dish is also easy to lighten up. Make these few tweaks to make it light enough for a regular indulgence.
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by Dana Angelo White in Meal Makeovers, February 23, 2009
How many times can a kid eat chicken nuggets or fish sticks for lunch? I know a lot of kids would be happy with them day after day, but there are other healthy and yummy options out there. Would you believe that my 7-year old son now eats cucumber-avocado rolls and chicken wraps for lunch? Proof: the photo above!
Here are some tips for packing a lunch that will tease your kids’ taste buds.
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I don’t know many people that would turn down mac and cheese, but we know all that cheese really ups the calories and fat. Here are some ways to enjoy the creamy goodness with less calories and the same — or more — flavor.
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