Healthy Baked Macaroni and Cheese With Spinach
Category: Main Dishes | Blog URL: http://www.thetastetraveller.com/2010/02/healthy-baked-macaroni-and-cheese-with-spinach.html
This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.
Photo: Naomi Rendall
Comfort food at it's best, macaroni and cheese isn't a meal generally thought of as lean and healthy, never mind interesting. But, with a few adaptations it's easy to take this dish to a new level without complicating things. This recipe was inspired by one I found on Vegetarian Times, but I wanted to add some more flavour and up the greens aspect even more. How much spinach are we talking about here? Almost an entire box of fresh spinach (about 280 g) which when measured was about 16 cups. I had used some the night before so in this instance I used about 10 cups of uncooked spinach.
I added a significant amount of seasoning - which you could easily personalize. My choices were oregano, basil, nutmeg and roasted garlic. This was my third round on this recipe, and I'm still working on the process, getting the preparation time down - but I would say you could pull it together in about a half hour. We find this will last us two meals as a main course, with very generous servings, but if you serve it with something else you could stretch it further. Last night I served it with chicken breasts sprinkled with paprika, garlic and pepper, and about 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon rind.