First of all, that game LAST NIGHT!! I was trying to work on this post but boy it sucked me in and got super exciting!! I’m not a huge football fanatic by any means but my husband sure is and I tend to watch here and there. That game was exciting and I had all the feels for my Tom Brady after the game when he was all emotional. What an exciting night for those players and coaches! Go Patriots!! Anyway, on with the recipe!
I don’t know about you, but I grew up loving macaroni and cheese. In fact my best friend when I was a child had the BEST macaroni and cheese at her house. I’ve tried to recreate that dreamy mac and cheese many times for my kids and myself but it just isn’t the same… I have however found a delicious new high protein macaroni and cheese recipe with a twist to share with you all today. Unlike most macaroni and cheese recipes, this one isn’t packed with ridiculous amounts of fat and it’s loaded with extra protein. Get ready to feast your eyes upon the Skinny One Pot Chili Mac & Cheese!!
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A few weeks ago I sat in the teacher’s lounge at work at watched as a coworker devoured some amazing looking macaroni. He shared the recipe with me and I was determined to make it a little more macro friendly for myself. I went home that day and happened to have everything to make what I thought would be a lower fat, high protein version of the chili macaroni and cheese. It turned out wonderfully and was a hit with my kids!Now because Tracy and I are counting macros right now we tend to look for meal ideas that are what we call, macro friendly. Now for everyone this idea of the perfect macro friendly meal might be different, but typically foods that are not too high in fat and pack a protein punch are best. Each one cup serving of this creamy macaroni and cheese is only 10g fat, 39g carbs, 25g protein, and 6g of fiber!
Did I mention that this recipe can be done using only one pot!? It’s seriously super easy and only 10 ingredients! FYI: the Greek yogurt cream cheese I use is Kroger brand but I’ve seen another brand at Walmart before that would work. The homemade taco seasoning can be found here.
I asked Archer to help me make the macaroni and cheese this time around and he was all over it!
Here is a quick overview of how the recipe should go below. I used my large, 6 court cast iron dish because it makes a little over 10 cups! I seriously love this dish and think every home should have one. Mostly because they are super functional but also because they are super cute! I’ve really been wanting a blue one.
I told you this Skinny One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese was easy! Here’s the actual recipe:
- 1.5 lbs lean ground turkey
- 1/2 medium onion
- 1 14.5oz. can diced tomatoes
- 1 8oz. can tomato sauce
- 3 tablespoons diced green chilis
- 3 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning
- 16oz. Whole wheat pasta noodles
- 5 cups water
- 2-3 bouillon cubes
- 8oz. Greek yogurt cream cheese
- 8oz. reduced fat shredded cheese
- In a large pot over medium high heat cook chopped onions and ground turkey until turkey is browned and onion is tender.
- Drain fat then add taco seasoning, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, green chiles, water and bring to a simmer. Stir in the pasta and cook uncovered for 10–12 minutes, until pasta is cooked and liquid has reduced down.
- Toss in the cubed cream cheese and shredded cheese and stir until melted.
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