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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Sticking to a healthy diet does not have to mean living a life without mac and cheese! We asked our culinary team to create a rich and creamy macaroni and cheese casserole that would taste as good as the original, but wouldn’t wreck your diet… and it had to be something kids would love to eat. What they came up with was even more delicious than we imagined. It has less than 300 calories per serving and 15 grams of protein! The recipe makes 10 servings, so it can feed a hungry family or make several servings for healthy meal prep.

Roasted Fennel and Farro Salad

Roasted Fennel and Farro Salad

This jewel-toned side dish will have everyone talking. The nutty farro, fennel, and bell peppers get sweeter with roasting, the briny notes of Kalamata olives add depth, and the texture is heightened by the juicy pomegranate seeds. The Mediterranean dish is pretty and hearty enough to be the centerpiece of a meal, or pair it with roast chicken, turkey, or fish for a dinner that makes any night a special occasion.

Black Bean Salad

Black Bean Salad

Corn, black beans, red bell pepper, and cilantro become best friends in this super-simple salad. Fresh lime juice ties everything together as a bright, citrus dressing that adds almost no calories. It can be eaten right away, but tastes even better after chilling for an hour or two.  This colourful salad has only 5 ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to prepare. It makes enough servings for a week of delicious side dishes or snacks, so it’s terrific for meal prep.

Spaghetti Squash with Tomatoes and Mushrooms

Total Time: 1 hr.

Prep Time: 15 min.

Cooking Time: 45 min.

Yield: 3 servings

Ingredients:

1 medium spaghetti squash (about 3 lbs.)

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

½ cup sliced mushrooms

½ cup white wine

½ cup cherry tomatoes, cut into halves

4 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped

3 Tbsp. shredded Parmesan cheese

Chopped parsley (for garnish; optional)

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

2. Place squash on parchment-lined baking sheet. Poke squash 2 or 3 times with a fork. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until tender. Cool for 20 to 30 minutes.

3. While the squash cooks, heat oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat.

4. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until translucent.

5. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.

6. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until mushrooms release liquid.

7. Add wine, cherry tomatoes, and basil; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until soft. Set aside.

8. Cut squash in half lengthwise. Remove seeds. Scrape flesh into stringy noodles.

9. Evenly divide squash between three bowls. Evenly top with onion mixture, cheese, and parsley (if desired).

Roasted Cauliflower Mash

This twist on mashed potatoes is made with a non-starchy veggie, no cream and butter—and yet, it’s every bit as yummy as your traditional mashed potatoes.

Total Time: 50 min.

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cooking Time: 45 min.

Yield: 8 servings, ¼ cup each

Ingredients:

1 (2-lb.) cauliflower, cut into small florets, discard stem

4 tsp. olive oil

1 tsp. sea salt

¼ tsp. granulated garlic (optional)

2 Tbsp. low-sodium organic vegetable broth

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 400° F.

2. Wash cauliflower and pat dry.

3. Place cauliflower in large baking pan. Drizzle with oil; toss gently to coat.

4. Season with salt and garlic.

5. Bake, stirring halfway through, for 40 to 45 minutes, or until tender.

6. Place in food processor; add vegetable broth. Pulse until smooth.