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All-natural, healthy creamy mac & cheese in 25 minutes

By Penelope Wall, September 10, 2010 - 11:30am

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I’m not gonna lie to you—I have boxed mac & cheese at home. There are two boxes of shells and cheese sitting in my cupboard just pining to be my next dinner. But here’s the real truth: they’ve been sitting there for months gathering dust, and they will continue to do so. Do you want to know why? Nine times out of ten I just want the real deal. I want real extra-sharp Cheddar (just enough to make it taste great) and I want to be able to pronounce what goes onto my dinner plate. (Sodium Tripolyphosphate, anyone? Mmmmmm, yummy!)

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Not only is this ultra-creamy version of mac & cheese nearly as fast as the boxed variety (you make it on the stovetop), but your family will be able to pronounce every ingredient. It’s healthier too: skipping the boxed mac & cheese and upgrading to whole-wheat pasta boosts fiber. Cooking frozen broccoli with the pasta adds a stealth serving of vegetables to boost folate and vitamins A and C. If you aren’t a broccoli fan, substitute a frozen vegetable of your choice.

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TAGS: Penelope Wall, Food Blog, Dinner, Family meals, Quick meals, Recipe Makeover

Penelope Wall
Penelope is Senior Digital Editor for EatingWell.

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