Baked Mac n' Cheese
Everyone likes good ol' Southern Mac n' Cheese...well, everyone I know anyway. Is this something you should eat every day? Nope. Everything in moderation! This is fantastic for picnics, birthdays, or just Sunday dinner. This recipe comes from the Deen Brothers (as in Paula Deen's two sons). I've lightened it up a little bit, but left in all the deliciousness (yes, I know that's not a word!).
Cheddar cheese contains high amounts of protein and calcium. Protein helps curb hunger and helps you feel satisfied for longer. Thus, cheese (in moderation) can help you lose weigth! Consuming cheese can slow down the absorption of carbs, which balances out blood sugar levels and improve moods.
2 cups macaroni, uncooked
8 oz low fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
8 oz American cheese (I used 6 slices Deli Delux slices), shredded (about 2 cups)
4 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese, grated.
1 cup fat free milk
1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
1/4 cup light butter, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with canola cooking spray.
Cook macaroni according to package instructions. Drain and return to pot.
While macaroni is hot, add in the cheddar, american, and 1/2 of the parmesan cheese. Stir well. Spread the macaroni mixture into the prepared baking dish.
In a bowl, whisk together the milk, sour cream, eggs, butter, and hot sauce.
Pour mixture over the macaroni. Sprinkle remaining parmesan cheese on top.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until brown and bubbly. Turn down oven to 200 degrees, tent with aluminum foil and let stand in oven for additional 10 minutes.
Health Benefits of Cheese
Based on The Deen Brother's Baked Mac and Cheese