Healthy Macaroni & Cheese With Penne Pasta

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Macaroni and cheese isn't inherently unhealthy, it's just that many people make it that way. Make healthy macaroni and cheese with penne pasta with help from a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator in this free video clip.

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I'm Laura Cipullo, Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator and mother of 2. Today, we're making a healthier version of macaroni and cheese. As moms know every kid loves macaroni and cheese so how do you make it healthier. Today we're using 12 ounces of whole wheat pasta. You want to make sure you're using the whole wheat pasta because this is the higher fiber more nutritious pasta. We're using 1 cup of Parmesan cheese, I chose to use the Parmesan cheese because it's actually lower in saturated fat. Hard cheeses are healthier than soft cheeses. We've also added 1 cup of cooked chopped spinach. Cook this prior to making the macaroni and cheese. We also have 1 tablespoon of whole wheat flower and we have 1/3 cup of 1 percent milk. In a medium saucepan take your milk and your whole wheat flower, and the, the flower is to help thicken up the milk and then you want to add the cheese. Macaroni and cheese is still healthy for your children, it's a great source of protein and especially calcium. If the consistency is too thick you can always add some extra milk and that's what I am going to do. So when it's smooth and creamy, when the cheese flower combination with the added milk is smooth and creamy you know you have your sauce then you'll want to add the spinach and the whole wheat pasta. You can add as much or as little spinach as you like or as your children like. I like to add as much as possible because this is the only opportunity I get to get my kids to eat the spinach and now you can add your whole wheat pasta that's been already cooked. After your macaroni and cheese is all ooey and gooey you can remove from heat and transfer to a serving bowl. I'm Laura Cipullo Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator and mom of 2. Today we made healthy whole wheat macaroni and cheese with spinach. For more information on raising healthy children and healthy recipes check us out on Facebook at Mom Dishes It Out. Thank you.


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