As a part of my event, I am putting out another favorite fast food that children and adults alike, like to indulge in.You know that this Mac&Cheese comes loaded with fatty, often processed cheese – We want to modify this and make it a dish, as interesting, but HEAPS healthier – Seriously, did you know that a bowl of mac and cheese at Panera is about 900 calories!! A BIG bowl of this is roughly 300-350 calories! Point to be noted.
We are leaving tomorrow on our big trip to India (please send up a prayer for good weather for me) and I had a few veggies in my fridge that I wanted to cook- hate buying as throwing as much as the next person – Now that my head is literally buzzing with ideas, I decided this will be a good one for my event and probably a couple of other events happening now.
Prep time – 30 minutes
Bake time – 25 -30 minutes
2 Zucchini Squashes, sliced round
1/2 head of broccoli cut into florets
1 green pepper (capsicum)
1 pack of Elbow Macaroni
3 dry red chillies (optional)
3 cloves of garlic
For the sauce
1/2 cup of milk
1/2cup of butter milk
NOTE If you have milk allergies, this step can be dispensed with altogether.
1 tbs of all purpose flour
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
Preparation of Sauce
Whip the above and keep
Preparation of Veggies
In about 2 tsps of olive oil, crush dry red pepper (cayenne) and curshed garlic
All to brown a bit.
Add the veggies, salt and let it cook until half tender
Add the sauce and stir in –
It will thicken
Shut off the stove and cool
In the meantime,
Bring a pot of water to boil, adding 1 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of olive oil.
Add the elbows and allow them to cook (takes about 10 minutes)
Once cooked, run through some cold water and allow it to drain.
In the meantime,
Put the veggie in a blender and make you final sauce
Grease the pan you plan to bake in and start layering, starting with the elbows, then sauce, then elbows..you get the idea
Veggies cut and ready to go
In the pan with garlic and chillies
whisk the sauce
add to the veggies
cook and drain mac in colander
keep pan ready to go
layer with mac first and top with sauce
decorate with tomatoes
Cook for about 30 minutes at 350 and serve HOT HOT HOT
Tip: You may decorate with diced tomatoes and bake, to infuse a little tangy flavor.
Secret tip: add a tbs of pine nuts to the sauce and grind for a nutty taste…option I exercised
Last Word – Infuse with a whole lot of love too.