Hungry Girl's Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese Is a Better-For-You Comfort Food You'll Love
Savor two comfort foods in one low-cal meal.
Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of twelve books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.
Mac and cheese and cheeseburgers are two of the most beloved comfort foods on the planet. This better-for-you recipe will satisfy both cravings at once! Bonus: It cooks up easily in a slow cooker and clocks in at under 200 calories per serving.
Cheeseburger Mac Attack
5 oz. (about 1¼ cups) uncooked elbow macaroni with at least 2g fiber per 2 oz. serving
10 oz. raw lean ground turkey (93% lean)
2 tbsp. ketchup
½ cup finely chopped onion (about ½ medium onion)
24 oz. (about 6 cups) frozen cauliflower in low-fat cheese sauce
3 wedges light creamy Swiss cheese
2 scallions, thinly sliced
Optional: salt and black pepper
1. In a large pot, prepare pasta very al dente, cooking for about half of the time indicated on the package. Drain well.
2. Meanwhile, combine turkey, ketchup, and onion. Mix well. Add frozen cauliflower and cheese sauce and gently mix. Transfer mixture to a slow cooker. A 4-qt. slow cooker is best.
3. Add cooked pasta, and gently stir. Cover and cook on high for 3 – 4 hours or on low for 7 – 8 hours, until turkey is fully cooked.
4. Add cheese wedges and scallions, and stir until evenly distributed.
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Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes plus 3 – 4 hours or 7 – 8 hours
Nutritional Information: ⅛ of recipe (about 1 cup): 179 calories, 5.75g total fat (1.5g saturated fat), 512mg sodium, 19g carbs, 2g fiber, 3.5g sugars, 12.5g protein
‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!