April 13, 2012

Lightened-Up Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower {Guest Post}

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Grab your sunglasses and sun hat, weekend is almost here!!!
 Not only is it almost the weekend but the beau and I are headed up to Boston for the weekend for one of my best girlfriends bridal shower. The boys are going to play hoop until us ladies are done with showering my girl with lots and lots of goodies then the whole crew is off to a bonfire pit and cocktails for the night... so exciting.

So while I am packing away and getting ready I decided to share with you a HUGE treat. I have been friends and following Kelly over at Eat Yourself Skinny for close to a year now. We're about the same age, started our blogs around the same time, both are very focused on healthy cooking and have fabulous bf's that eat up all our masterpieces... she's like my twinsie, but blonde.

Kelly has such a knack for giving her readers a little insight to her blissful life while also sharing with us her healthy meals and tips in the kitchen. It also helps that she lives close and is surrounded by vineyards... can you say jealous???

Take it away Kelly!
Hello lovely readers of A Healthy Jalapeno!  I’m Kelly from Eat Yourself Skinny and I absolutely ADORE Miss Laura’s blog and all of her delicious recipes, so you can bet I was super excited when she invited me to guest post!  Did you know we have a lot in common??
We both LOVE the summertime (then again who doesn’t??), we have an unhealthy obsession with cooking, blueberry yogurt and our dogs, oh and most importantly, we’re both HUGE football fans!

That should make us perfect BBF’s, no?

Ok so I absolutely LOVE to cook and I’m kind of a health nut so I suppose it’s kind of obvious how my little bloggy got started.  This particular recipe is one of my favorites and gives me my carb-fix (um I’m a confessed carbaholic, just so ya know) without all the crazy calories you typically get with these types of dishes.  The combination of cheddar, parmesan and cream cheese tastes incredible and I decided to throw in some fresh cauliflower to lighten up this dish even more.  Oh and instead of making this into one big casserole, I put them into individual ramekins while placing the rest into a smaller casserole dish to heat up the next day.  This way nothing goes to waste and you can enjoy this cheesy deliciousness all week!

You’re welcome. 
Lightened-Up Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower

1 (14.5 oz) box Ronzoni Smart Taste elbow macaroni
1/2 head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
4 Tbsp reduced-fat grated Parmesan cheese
8 oz. grated sharp cheddar
4 oz. fat-free cream cheese
1/2 cup fat-free half-and-half
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 Tbsp flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add macaroni and cauliflower.  Reserve a 1/2 cup of the water then drain macaroni and cauliflower.  In a separate bowl, combine Italian breadcrumbs, 1 tablespoon of the Parmesan cheese and the chopped parsley together and set aside.

Place cheddar, cream cheese, 3 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese, half-and-half, salt and pepper in the already heated pot you just used and mix in the macaroni and cauliflower.  Stir until well-combined and cheese is completely melted.  Add reserved water.

Place in 8 greased ramekins (or a 9x13 baking dish) and top with bread crumb mixture.  Bake for about 18 to 20 minutes, or until bubbling and the crumbs are browned.  Enjoy!
Thanks so much Laura for inviting me to share on your fabulous blog today!  For more skinny recipes or if you just want to make a new friend, come stop by my blog and say hello!


Kelly, I can't thank you enough for sharing this recipe with us. Comfort food at it's best, and it looks amazing. Please stop by Kelly's blog and see what other amazing dishes she has cooking up and let her know I sent you.

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Happy weekend everyone, and enjoy!


Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny said...

Looks fabulous! Thank you so much friend!!! :)

The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh said...

I'm SO making this! I love that you can squeeze some veggies into something so decadent!

Heidi {Young Grasshopper} said...

I'm definitely trying this!

Heidi {Young Grasshopper} said...

I'm definitely trying this!

Blueberry Bites said...

looks so yummy.. im a fan of both of yours and kelly's blogs! :)


Grubarazzi said...

Yum! Kelly is so adorable. And so is this mac and cheese (if you can use that word to describe food).

Jen @ Peanut Butter and Peppers said...

Great guest post taste! I love Kelly!!! I've been following her for about 6 months and look so forward to her recipes! There all good and we have about the same taste in food!!

Kelly, the mac and cheese looks great! Going to make it today!!

mjskit said...

Guilt-free mac and cheese! I love it!

Nicole @ I am a Honey Bee said...

great recipe. Glad you to discover a new blog to follow!

Sabrina-eat.drink.and be merry. said...

I have had mac & cheese this way and its amazing! you would never know it was a healthier version! Thanks for the recipe!!!

Carrie Burrill said...

I'm a big fan of Kelly's blog, and this Mac n' Cheese looks killer. Love it.

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