Work's been stressful lately. And when times get stressful I reach for the comfort foods. Who doesn't like a giant hunk of meatloaf with mashed potatoes or a heaping bowl of gooey mac and cheese when you've had a bad day?
It's not a secret that comfort foods aren't all that good for you. Meatloaf is usually a fatty mix of meats, mashed potatoes have a heavy dose of cream, milk and butter and mac and cheese has the milk, cream, and tons of cheddary goodness. But there are more healthful alternatives that are close enough to the real deal that it satisfies the craving when you don't have the extra points to spend.
I've tried many light macaroni and cheese recipes with mixed results. Some were just OK and others were downright nasty. My favorite so far has been Cooking Light's Creamy Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese.
It uses light cheese, but has more flavor than some of the recipes I've tried, and still retains the creaminess of the real deal. Resist the temptation to monkey with the recipe even more by using fat-free cheese instead. It will definitely NOT work here.
If you know of a great light mac and cheese recipe, drop me a note. I'm always looking for new ones to try.