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Lighter Southern Mac & Cheese – 30% Less Fat

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Recipe 1

Lighter Southern Mac & Cheese – 30% Less Fat

Prep 10min
Cook 35min
Total 45min


Ingredients for 6 servings (UPDATED 11/21/22)

  • 8oz dry macaroni, elbow shape
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted (vegan) butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup butternut puree (see recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or more/less for texture)
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar, reduced fat (divided into 3 equal parts)
  • 4oz can green chilis (optional yet recommended)
  • sea salt & pepper to taste


Step 1

Set oven to 400F.

Step 2

Cook macaroni according to the instructions provided then drain, run under cool water, then set aside to cool.

Step 3

Set a saucepan on medium heat and once hot add butter. Wait until the butter has completely melted before adding the flour, then whisk to stir. You may need to either reduce the heat or momentarily remove it from the heat, then slowly add the butternut puree and whisk quickly so not to clump. Add almond milk – as much as needed – in order to thin it out to about the texture of heavy cream.

Step 4

Fold in about 3/4 cup cheddar and the green chilis and stir. If you need to add more cheese for texture and consistency, do that.

Step 5

Pour the puree over the macaroni and stir until all the macaroni are covered in cheesy sauce. Add half the macaroni to your baking dish, then sprinkle in another 3/4 cup of cheese. Add the remaining macaroni on top and top with the rest of the cheese.

Step 6

Cover with foil and bake for 25 – 30 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for an additional 4 – 6 minutes, or until the cheese on the top has browned. Let it rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe 2

Quick Butternut Squash Puree



Ingredients for 8 servings

serving size – 1/2 cup, makes about 32oz
  • 2lb butternut squash 1-inch to 2-inch pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped and seeded
  • pinch of sea salt & pepper
  • spray olive oil
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (I recommend the extra creamy almond milk)


Step 1

Set oven to 400F. Place food on a baking tray, spray with oil then add a pinch of sea salt & pepper. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes, or until the veggies are soft. Let them slightly cool before adding to blender along with the almond milk to liquify.

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Prep 10min
Cook 35min
Total 45min
Total Calories: 470cal
Total Carbs: 56g
Total Fats: 18g
Total Protein: 24g
Total Sodium: 590mg
Total Fiber: 6g
Total Sugar: 6g
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