For the majority of my life I have had a wonderful & passionate love affair with cheese. I love cheese. Before my pancreatic attack, I would melt cheese on just about anything. My husband would laugh at me when we ordered pizza because I would melt a slice of cheese on top of my already cheesy slice. After being put on a restricted diet, I have had to limit my dairy intake because of the fat. I have cut out refined carbs, oils & fats except for the very rare guilty indulgence. One of the things that I have missed the most is macaroni & cheese. I have been craving it a lot lately. Would I be able to still make a delicious macaroni & cheese while trying to stay true to my diet?
Let’s find out…
I decided to couple the macaroni & cheese with meatballs because my daughter loves meatballs. It is the one dinner choice I can feel confident about.
Mai was so excited about the meatballs, she thought she would lend mommy a hand with the cooking tonight.
It used to upset me when Mai would make big messes. I have since learned that the bigger the mess, the happier my baby. That is what brooms are for. Look at how proud & happy my little girl is to be helping mommy.
MACARONI & CHEESE WITH MEATBALLS
1 – 1 1/2 lbs of ground turkey
1/2 cup wheat stuffing
1/2 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 tbsp garlic salt
3 egg whites
1/4 cup skim milk
1/2 cup of chopped spinach (this is optional, I use this as a tactic for sneaking veggies into my anti-vegetable family’s meals)
1 tbsp worchester sauce
1/4 cup of low fat parmesan cheese
salt & pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400. Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl & mix well with hands until all ingredients are well blended.
Form into cocktail balls & place on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until no longer pink inside. Set aside.
While meatballs are cooking, prepare the macaroni & cheese.
MACARONI & CHEESE
1 tbsp of light butter
2 cups of wheat pasta
2 cups of skim milk
1/4 cup wheat flour
1/2 tsp worchester sauce
1/4 tsp of ground mustard
1 8 oz package of low fat cheddar cheese or 2 cups of grated
Salt & pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375
Cook pasta according to cooking directions & drain.
In a medium sauce pan melt butter, add milk, worchester sauce, mustard& flour & mix. Bring to a boil. At boiling, let simmer stirring continually until sauce is smooth & starts to thicken.
Add the cheese. Continue to stir until cheese is melted.
Add pasta & meatballs to the sauce pan & stir until pasta & meatballs are coated.
Transfer to a casserole dish & bake for about 20 minutes.
Dinner is served…
My husband & I both thought this was delicious, although I am sure he would have opted for the full fat version. Sorry honey! He’s a good sport, though. Mai picked out the meatballs & fed the dog the macaroni. Duke enjoyed it. All & all, it was a successful family meal & I finally got my mac & cheese.
For dessert, I made cranberry oatmeal dark chocolate chip cookies.
3 cups of quick oats
2 egg whites
1 cup of wheat flour
1 cup of applesauce
1 cup of cranberries
1 cup of dark chocolate chips
2/3 cup of brown sugar
2/3 cup of sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 Baking soda
Heat oven to 350
In a large mixing bowl, add applesauce & both sugars. Beat until smooth
Add egg whites & vanilla & beat until blended
Mix in flour, baking soda & cinnamon until well blended & then stir in quick oats, chocolate chips & cranberries
Roll into small spoon size balls & place on a baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes. Times will vary depending on stove.
Cool on a cooling rack & serve.
Using apple sauce instead of butter not only cuts the fat but makes for a wonderfully moist cookie. I indulged in one too many of these & even my pickiest critic gave them a rave review.
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