Cheesy Beefy Mac
Cheesy Beefy Mac
Green Plan SmartPoints® value 8*
Blue Plan (Freestyle™) SmartPoints® value 8*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 5*
6 oz. (about 1 1/2 cups) uncooked whole-wheat elbow macaroni
5 1/2 cups frozen cauliflower florets
1 lb. raw extra-lean ground beef (at least 96% lean)
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. each salt and black pepper
6 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
3 tbsp. light sour cream
4 slices reduced-fat cheddar cheese
Optional seasonings: additional salt and black pepper
In a medium-large pot, cook pasta per package instructions, about 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, place cauliflower in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave for 3 minutes. Uncover and stir. Re-cover and microwave for 2 - 3 minutes, until cauliflower is hot. Drain excess liquid. Once cool enough to handle, chop into bite-sized pieces, and return to the large bowl.
Drain pasta, and add to the large bowl. Cover to keep warm.
Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add beef, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, 1/2 tsp. onion powder, and 1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper. Cook and crumble for about 8 minutes, until beef is fully cooked. Add cooked beef to the large bowl. Re-cover to keep warm.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, stir cheese wedges until smooth. Add sour cream and cheese slices, breaking the slices into pieces. Add remaining 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, 1/2 tsp. onion powder, and 1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper. Mix well. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir well. Microwave for 30 seconds, or until hot and uniform.
Add cheese mixture to the large bowl. Stir until well mixed and evenly distributed. If needed, microwave until hot.
MAKES 6 SERVINGS
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Publish Date: 2015-09-03