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Your favorite, classic recipe just got a healthy makeover! Greek yogurt adds protein without sacrificing the creaminess, while kale adds tons of vitamins and a crunch too.
Disclaimer: I was compensated by Dreamfields Healthy Pasta to create this recipe. However, like always, the opinions are entirely my own. Promise 🙂
I love taking our favorite recipes and lightening them up while still keeping them simple and delicious. That’s why I love Greek yogurt, it’s so incredibly versatile and so easy to substitute for higher fat creamy dishes (have you seen The Greek Yogurt Cookbook? 😉 )
This recipe is no exception. It’s packed with flavor and lighter on fat and calories.
Did you know that October is National Pasta Month? A whole month dedicated to one of my favorites things!
I am proud to partner with Dreamfields Pasta to share this creamy, healthier mac and cheese with you.
Why Dreamfields? Dreamfields pasta contains a prebiotic fiber which helps promote healthy digestion as well as helping you feel full longer with 7 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber.
Dreamfields is made with premium durum wheat semolina in North Dakota. That’s why it has the same delicious taste and texture of traditional pasta.
I love the texture and even passes my picky kids’ test!
If any of you also have picky kids then you that texture can be a deal breaker. Many “healthier” pastas can be a little rubbery or even slimy.
You guys know what I am talking about.
And my picky kids want zero to do with that.
Thank goodness this has the perfect texture with all of that extra fiber. I can feel good about giving this to my family.
I am all about keeping my recipes simple and easy. I don’t have the time (or desire) to spend hours cooking elaborate meals for my family.
The beauty of this recipe is that Dreamfields elbows take 8 minutes to cook and that’s it. Mix it in the rest of the ingredients, stir and eat.
I love a good, healthy, easy recipe. I mean, what busy mom doesn’t?
This is one of those dishes I can feed my kids in between driving back and forth to soccer, baseball and flag football and still have time to clean up after. I topped off this with some ground flax seed which gave it a little more texture.
You can always add breadcrumbs if you’d like to substitute but ground flax provides extra fiber, protein and omega-3-fatty acids! But again, if you have a picky eater and they might be grossed out by flax and not the breadcrumbs, go for it.
Are you feeling lucky? We are excited to give away a family pack of Dreamfields (1 each of 7 shapes) and a $25 gift card! Simply enter by leaving a comment telling me what the first recipe that you will make with your Dreamfields Pasta. That’s it! Giveaway ends 12:00 p.m. EST on Thursday 10/8/15.
Kale and Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese
- 1 box Dreamfields Elbows
- 1 1/4 cups finely shredded Cheddar cheese
- 6 ounces plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup 2% milk
- 12 ounces fresh kale
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons ground flax
- Fresh rosemary
Cook pasta according to package directions. Return to pot; do not reheat.
Immediately add Cheddar cheese, yogurt, milk and kale to pasta; stir to mix well allowing cheese to melt and kale to wilt.
Sprinkle with flaxseed and Parmesan cheese. Garnish with rosemary, if desired.
Nutrition information (1/6 of recipe): 390 calories; 21 g protein; 54 g carbohydrates; 12 g total fat; 6 g saturated fat; 29 mg cholesterol; 230 mg sodium; 9 g total dietary fiber.
If you make this Kale and Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese or any of the other recipes I have shared with you, please some back and let me know. You guys know that I love to hear from you!
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