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Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni and cheese has always been the ultimate comfort food for Ralph Stone. Along with the rest of us, though, it makes Ralph a little nervous to be eating so much fat (especially the saturated fat in the cheese) So he was hoping we could do something to keep his favorite dish from becoming just a fond memory. In all modesty, we came up with a wonderfully rich-tasting, creamy cheese sauce made with low-fat milk, sharp Cheddar, and a secret ingredient--pureed roasted red peppers. And (that's not all), in addition to reducing the fat and cholesterol in the recipe, we've added an extra "hidden veggie" by cooking cauliflower florets along with the pasta shells. It's kind of a vegetable-pasta trompe l'oeil. The cauliflower florets look just like the pasta, so your eyes (and maybe your brain) are fooled into thinking that you're eating tons of pasta!

PER SERVING
BEFORE
AFTER
Calories
653
427
Dietary fiber (g)
1.1
5.2
Total fat (g)
45
13
Saturated fat (g)
28
7.9
Cholesterol (mg)
141
38
Sodium (mg)
790
637
Beta-carotene (mg)
0
2.6
Vitamin C (mg)
2
187
Folate (mcg)
76
163

Author: the Healing Kitchen staff
Date Published: 01/14/2000
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