Hey guys! Thanks so much for all of the suggestions and ideas about meal planning! I wasn’t even sure if I was going to publish that post and I am super happy that I did.
Over an amazing meal last weekend which included potatoes au gratin, the BOY and I began discussing Mac n Cheese. Specifically how much we love the baked version. Is there anyone who doesn’t? My mom makes a mean Mac n Cheese and it comes from this Weight Watchers cookbook.
My Mom has made it numerous times, so I figured it was time that I gave it a try. What makes this dish so amazing is that it doesn’t skimp on the real ingredients (including butter). I haven’t been eating much dairy at all lately, but for special occasions and things that won’t work without it (ie ice cream and mac n cheese), I can make an exception!
You just have to eat them in moderation, which is REAL tough with this dish. Consider yourself warned!!! The BOY and I picked up the ingredients this weekend (as part of our kinda sorta starting to meal plan outing) along with some crab (extra protein) to add in.
I have never eaten crab mac n cheese, but I do love lobster mac and one time I ate crawfish mac, and growing up I used to throw tuna in my mac, so why not???
The recipe calls for elbow noodles, but we went with shells. There is just something about extra layers of cheese hiding inside these tiny noodles that just screams delicious! And don’t be shy with the whole wheat kind…you don’t even notice the difference.
I stirred in the crab with the noodles before throwing everything into the oven. I was a little nervous when I saw how watery the mixture looked, but I held out hope…
After 30 minutes in the oven, dinner was ready, and it looked and smelled incredible!
There’s not much more to say about this than YUM-ME!
Best mac n cheese EVER!
I can’t tell you how amazing our dinner was… you’ll just have to make it and try for yourself!
The BOY actually heated up leftovers for dinner tonight and is still raving about it! He has added this to the top of the make again list. For a BOY who’s not into leftovers, that’s saying something!
Do you like Mac n Cheese?
What is your favorite M & C recipe?
Crabby Mac (and Cheese)
Based on a recipe from the Weight Watchers Pure Comfort Cookbook
1/2 pound whole wheat macaroni, about 2 cups
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 small onion, chopped
2 Tbsp all purpose flour
2 cups fat free milk
2 cups shredded fat free cheddar cheese (I used light cheese with 2% milk)
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 freshly ground black pepper
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes in their juice (I left this out since the BOY doesn’t like tomatoes but my Mom uses Rotel)
1 8 oz package of imitation crab meat, broken into small pieces
1/4 cup plain dried bread crumbs
1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray 8 (1 cup) baking dishes with nonstick spray; place on baking sheet. I used one big dish since I don’t have little ones, but little ones might be better for portion control!
2. Cook macaroni according to directions, omitting salt if desired.
3. Melt 2 Tbsp butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally until softened, about 5 minutes. add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the milk. Increase the heat and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, 3-4 minutes. Whisk in the cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Cook, whisking occasionally, until the cheeses melt, about 1 minute.
4. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir in the macaroni, crab meat, and tomatoes with their juice. Divide the mixture among the baking dishes (or pour into one dish). Melt the remaining 1 Tbsp butter in small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add bread crumbs and cook, stirring constantly, until they are evenly coated, about 1 minute. Sprinkle over the dishes and bake until bubbly and the tops are golden, about 25-30 minutes.