Lately, we have been having some super RAINY weather! The upside is our grass seed will hopefully get an awesome start :) On rainy days like today, all I want to eat is ‘comfort food’, but, we all know that comfort food isn’t too nice to our waistlines! One of my favorite comfort foods is mac and cheese! Seriously…who is with me!? It’s hot, cheesy, and perfect for a crappy day. Luckily, you can have your mac and cheese and eat it to with this recipe from SkinnyTaste! It’s a little different, but, I truly hope you try it- it’s DELICIOUS!

Mac and Cheese

Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese- Skinnytaste.com
Servings:• Serving Size: 1 cup
Calories: 165 • Fat: 8 g • Protein: 10 g • Carb: 16 g • Fiber: 2 g • Sugar: 6.5 g
Sodium:
278.5 mg (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 5 1/2 cups cooked spaghetti squash (from about 2 small)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup flour (use 2 tbsp corn starch for gf)
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 cup fat free chicken broth (vegetable broth for vegetarian)
  • 8 oz Sargento 2% reduced fat mild cheddar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups (about 4 oz) baby spinach
  • 1/8 cup grated parmesan

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

Cut the squash in half lengthwise; remove and discard seeds. Place squash on a baking sheet. Bake until tender, about 1 hour. Separate the strands of squash with a fork and place in a medium bowl; discard shells. Maintain the oven temperature.

Heat butter and oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and cook about 2 minutes. Stir in flour. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring continually 3 – 4 minutes.

Add milk and chicken broth and continue whisking, raising heat to medium-high until it comes to a boil and becomes smooth and thick, about 2 minutes stirring; season with salt and pepper.

Once it becomes thick, remove from heat, add cheddar cheese and mix well until cheese is melted. Adjust salt and pepper to taste, add cooked spaghetti squash and baby spinach, pour into a baking dish and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. Bake until bubbly and golden 25 to 30 minutes.

I hope you try it and let me know how it was!! Super easy and quick, but, delicious and gives you that comfort food feel without the guilt :)

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