While flipping through the channels one Saturday morning I came across a cooking show by one of Paula Deen‘s sons, Bobby. What caught my eye was not only that he was making a homemade mac and cheese (my favorite) meal, but that he was making a healthier version of his mom’s, Paula Deen.
He made some really great substitutes to her original recipe and saved a ton of calories and fat without compromising taste. His other brother Jamie additionally has a show with alternative options for family cooking. Here is a link to their website for you to check it out for yourselves, http://thedeenbros.com/recipes/take-it-lighter, but I also have included below Bobby’s lightened cheesy mac.
Bobby’s Lighter Cheesy Mac (291 fewer calories)
4 cups cooked multigrain elbow macaroni, drained
2 cups reduced-fat shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup low fat (1%) milk
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 tablespoon olive oil
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a casserole dish with nonstick spray.
After the macaroni has been boiled and drained, add cheese while macaroni is still hot.
Combine the milk, eggs, sour cream, mustard, salt, and cayenne in a medium bowl. Add to macaroni mixture. Pour into casserole dish.
Combine bread crumbs and oil in a small bowl until blended. Evenly sprinkle the crumb mixture over the macaroni and lightly spray with nonstick spray.
Bake, until the filling is hot and the topping is golden, 35 – 40 minutes.
194 Cal; 13 g Protein; 5 g Tot Fat; 2 g Sat Fat; 2 g Mono Fat; 25 g Carb; 3 g Fiber; 1 g Sugar; 170 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 365 mg Sodium; 9 mg Cholesterol
Original Recipe by Paula Deen: The Lady’s Cheesy Mac
Take It Lighter recipe courtesy of Bobby and Jamie Deen, and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen:
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes