So I wasn’t going to post this recipe till next week but when I posted it as a sneak peek for what’s to come, I got an overwhelming number of, “we must have this recipe now,” from my accountability groups and personal Facebook friends. Okay! Ask and ye shall receive I guess! Without further ado, I present Healthy Mac & Cheese!!
Mac & Cheese appears to be a comfort food for A LOT of people. Don’t get me wrong, I love it too! Especially Stouffer’s Mac & Cheese. When its baked and the edges get all crusty and crunchy, (drool) it’s extremely hard to resist. BUT…let’s be honest. Even if the majority of us could eat it everyday, our bodies would hate us. I don’t even want to think about the number of burpees we would have to do to burn a serving off. I don’t mind burpees but there is a limit to my tolerance for them. I am most sure that tolerance would be tested and I would fail miserably. Best to stick with the burpee friendly version of Mac & Cheese.
While it still has some cheese in it, (how can it be called Mac & Cheese if it didn’t?!?) the main ingredient is none other than; BUTTERNUT SQUASH! Gone is the loads of butter, flour and whole milk or cream. On the 21 Day Fix, butternut squash is a vegetable. While it is one of starchier (yes, I know, not a word) vegetables, it is still a vegetable. A vegetable that when blended leaves you with a thick but smooth, creamy texture. Combine that with sweet caramelized onions, zesty garlic and sharp cheddar and you get a robust, healthy comfort food that will leave your mac & cheese craving sated and your thighs and abs relieved! You’ll thank me later!