Sunday, April 11, 2010

Healthy Mac-n-Cheese with Fat-Free Hot Dogs

Macaroni & Cheese is classic comfort food, but it's typically an extremely high-calorie entrée.  This recipe cuts the calories, bumps up the fiber, and adds heart-healthy Omega 3s.  Throw in a tossed salad with light dressing, and you've got a crowd-pleasing meal that won't overwhelm your waistline.


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spritz a 9x13 baking pan with olive oil spray and set aside.
  • Boil elbows according to package directions and drain.
  • In a large saucepan, create a roux by melting the Smart Balance Light Buttery Spread and whisking the flour into it until thoroughly combined.
  • Gently whisk in the almond milk until there are no lumps.  
  • Cook, whisking constantly, for about 5 minutes.
  • Gradually whisk in 2 1/2 cups of shredded cheese until thoroughly melted and blended into roux.
  • Pan fry fat-free hot dogs and cut into bit-size pieces.
  • Mix pasta and hot dogs into cheese sauce.
  • Pour pasta mixture into prepared baking pan.
  • Sprinkle remaining half cup of cheese over the top.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.

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