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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Easy Cheesy Pasta Bowl for One

I have to credit this recipe to a fellow blogger, Erica, from Fashion Meets Food.  The other day she created a "healthy" mac and cheese that was...well...sheer genius.  She took a box of Green Giant Cauliflower and Cheese Sauce and mixed it with pasta.  Wow!  So easy....and cheesy!  So yesterday for lunch, I took her lead, and nuked up a box of Green Giant Cauliflower and Cheese Sauce ( the entire box is worth 4 points+), had a bit of pasta left over in the refrigerator, so I measured out 2 oz ( roughly 2.5 points+), which would amount to one ounce dry,  ( see the Great Pasta Question for reference) and nuked up some frozen broccoli (0 points+).  Mixed it all together and wow....what a great meal for 6.5 points+!!  If you opt for whole wheat pasta, you could save another point off the total.  I finished off my meal with a couple of clementines ( 0 points+) for an extremely satisfying and comforting lunch!  I love this because you not only get to have mac and cheese, but you also get several servings of vegetables in one bowl.  The only thing I added to the mix was some fresh ground pepper from my pepper mill.  If you wanted to make this for more than one, just adjust the ingredients to fit the number of servings you would like to have.  You could also divide the servings and serve this as a side dish for half the points per serving ( so one recipe would make two side dishes).


Easy Cheesy Pasta Bowl for One as seen on Fashion Meets Food

Servings - one   serving size - entire recipe   Points plus per svg - 6.5 points+

1 (10 oz) box of frozen  Green Giant Cauliflower and Cheese Sauce
1 oz. (dry) pasta ( I used cavatappi)
1 cup broccoli florets, cooked
fresh ground pepper, to taste

Cook the Cauliflower and Cheese according to package directions.  Cook the pasta according to package directions.  Mix cauliflower and cheese, cooked pasta, and broccoli together.  Add pepper to taste.

10 comments:

  1. I love using cauliflower in mac n cheese - and I didn't even TRY cauliflower until a couple years ago!

    Here is my recipe when you have the time, but I like your quick version!

    http://mybizzykitchen.com/2009/07/30/pork-chops-with-cauliflower-mac-n-cheese/

    Thanks for your virtual hug yesterday!

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  2. I love the just one Broccoli and Cheese, you could totally add another side of veg ( carrots, cauliflower or even peppers)I serve over a bake potato, or a whole grain pasta it is super quick and easy lunch or even dinner!

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  3. @ Jama..that sound delicious! Sometimes life calls for quick and easy and I love how you can get that without having fast food!

    @ Biz...Oh my gosh, I will have to give your recipe a try...and you are most welcome. Stay positive!

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  4. This is definitely a tasty meal when you need something quickly!

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  5. Yum. Such a simple idea, but sooooo good. And point friendly!!! Have a great day.

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  6. That does sound good and comforting! We keep those microwavable veggies in the freezer at all times. They're great!

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  7. I am actually having this for lunch today - can't wait! :D

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  8. Yay! Glad you made this! Sometimes I just want mac and cheese, and I use to make this all the time in college. Really saved me a lot of points. It's great with the broccoli and cheese one as well!

    xo

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  9. What a great idea to use the cauli in cheese sauce... makes that serving of pasta go a long way. Thanks for the recipe!

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  10. Comforting dish and an easy way to get broccoli/cauliflower into my routine. I don't usually buy processed foods but this will definitely be a go-to when I need something yummy!

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