Before I had my daughter, my meals for the most part consisted of the fastest of fast food joints and the best takeout. After all, I was a busy college girl and then later a busy career woman. Now that I have a daughter, I’m still incredibly busy, but want to provide healthy meals for my growing girl, instead of feeding her the junk I subsisted on the last few years.
That sent me on the hunt for healthy, yet easy, recipes. Now, I’m no Paula Deen and not every single recipe I make is uber healthy (my daughter IS, after all, a huge fan of hot dogs and mac and cheese), but for the most part, I want my meals to be low-sodium, low-calorie and contain ingredients chock full of all the good stuff that keeps you healthy, like vitamins, healthy fats and protein. I guess you could say I’m a quasi-clean eater.
Of course, my job is a whole lot easier because I focus on those healthy ingredients. This is the reason I love Silk Soy Milk so much! Lactose and dairy free, Silk Soy Milk is an excellent source of omega-3’s, antioxidants and contains 50 percent more calcium than dairy milk. Plus it’s low in saturated fat and cholesterol-free.
Unlike other soy milks made from soy proteins that are chemically extracted, Silk is made from whole soybeans, preserving the proteins, flavones, essential fatty acids, omega-3’s and fiber, and it bears the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal. The Non-GMO Project Verified Seal means that it has gone through a verification process to ensure the product was made per consensus-based best practices for GMO avoidance. In other words, it’s not genetically modified and awesome!
But silk Soy Milk isn’t just a healthy ingredient. It’s an incredibly healthy alternative to drinking dairy milk. Plus, it tastes great, too!
This weekend, I took my daughter’s love of mac and cheese and went on the search for a recipe with ingredients closer to the Earth than the stuff made from a box. There are so many tasty looking recipes out there and it was a little overwhelming at first, so I took some of the elements of each of those recipes and created a pretty awesome mac and cheese dish, if I do say so myself. I used low-fat cheese, a simple rue (I promise it’s easy), some spices and of course, Silk Soy Milk to make it healthier than most other versions.
The recipe is below, so you can try it yourself! For my entire shopping experience, check out my Google+ album.
Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe
- 1 lb elbow macaroni
- 6 tbsp butter
- 6 tbsp flour
- 2 tbsp powdered mustard
- 6 cups Silk Soy Milk
- 1 cup onion, diced finely
- 2 large eggs
- 24 oz sharp cheddar, shredded
In a large pot, cook pasta until al dente. Meanwhile, melt the butter, whisk in the flour and powdered mustard until smooth. Stir in the milk and onion. Simmer for ten minutes.
Temper in the egg. (How do you “temper in” an egg? Good question. Check out the process here.) Next, add 75 percent of the cheese. Stir the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2.5- to 3-quart casserole dish. Since mac & cheese can never have too much cheese, top the mixture with the remaining cheese. Melt the butter and stir in the bread crumbs to coat before topping the macaroni with the bread crumb mixture.
Now it’s time for the oven! Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
When the half hour is up, remove from oven and let sit five minutes before serving. Look how cheesy!
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