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Healthier Mac And Cheese

June 28, 2017

 

 

My husband and I recently rented a big house to live in with his mother and two brothers. I now live with three big guys who refuse to jump on the health wagon with me.

 

My business requires me to eat healthy and workout but I am human and when then rest of the family is eating pizza or fried chicken, I struggle.  

 

In my quest to change my habits and get my family on board, I have been looking for recipes that they can approve of, and that my meal plan also approves of. I am currently following the 21 Day Fix Plan. It’s an easy and convenient plan and I can still make a ton of regular dishes.

 

The problem sets in when my brothers hear the word “healthy”. They run. They won’t even taste it and refuse to believe that they would like it.

 

I’ve tried to explain that the “healthy” eggs I make for my fix breakfast are the same as regular eggs!

 

So in order to get them to eat my meals, I’ve stopped telling them when the meals fall into my plan.

 

They happily scarfed down my mac and cheese last night!

 

 I wanted to share this recipe for anyone who is struggling to make the switch to a healthier lifestyle because of their family.

 

Here goes.

 

My recipe was made for 5 people, some of which were not following a meal plan’s serving sizes so I made a ton! You can make less or more depending on what you need or in order to make it fit your meal plan.

 

Ingredients: 

 

Whole wheat elbow pasta

Shredded cheese (cheddar and Monterey jack)

Chicken

Broccoli

Milk and butter.

 

  1. Choose the amount of pasta based on how much you need to make. Remember that the pasta will grow once it’s cooked so if your serving size is 4 oz, it is not the same as 4 oz of dried pasta. (although we wish it was)

  2. Pour the pasta into boiling water for about 15 minutes on high. Test the pasta to ensure its soft enough.  You can add salt to the water if you like. Some people add oil as well, if you want to do that, choose a healthy oil like olive, sesame, or coconut oil.

  3. You want to dice up your chicken. I always make sure to cut off any extra fat. A healthy serving of protein is between 4 and 6 oz per person.  You can stir fry the chicken. You can add salt for flavor if you like. I stuck with plain old salt since it’s for mac and cheese. I use Morton Lite Salt since it has less sodium and still tastes great.

  4. Cut up the broccoli so it’s not in giant chunks. I personally would have liked to use more broccoli, maybe even make it even with the chicken but since this was the first time I was introducing this recipe to the guys, I thought I’d better not. I like to buy the bags of frozen broccoli and cauliflower. I put the cauliflower aside on this day so i can make some faux mashed potatoes later in the week.

  5. Once the pasta is done, drain it. In a pot pour milk and butter.  I made it so that each serving had 1 Tsp of butter and 2 oz of milk. Melt this two together and add the drained pasta.

  6. You can now sprinkle your cheese in while stirring.  I chose to use 3 oz of cheese per serving since the is how much my meal plan calls for. I left a bit of cheddar aside to sprinkle on the plate after serving to add some color.

  7. Once the pasta is coated well with cheese, add the chicken and broccoli.  mix until everything is evenly coated.

  8. Now you can serve and sprinkle some cheddar on top.

 

This was a super easy recipe!  

 

The guys loved it and I had my fill without feeling deprived.  I hope you guys loved it as well, (let me know in the comments )

 

 

You can make a ton of alterations to this recipe that can also fit the your meal plan. There is no reason to feel deprived while trying to become a healthier person!  If you’re interested in creating a meal plan for yourself book your appointment here and  we can talk about whether the plan is a fit for you!

 

 

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