Cottage Cheese Baked Mac and Cheese with Broccoli

Cottage cheese baked mac and cheese with broccoli. Recipe by Nes
This is a healthier — but every bit as delicious — spin on everyone’s favorite comfort food: mac and cheese! I love this recipe because you don’t need to make the sauce on the stove — you just mix up a few ingredients in a bowl, combine with pasta and veggies, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. It is SO easy, and has an awesome texture and flavor. I love sneaking cottage cheese into my cooking because it packs SO much protein. Seriously, have you checked the protein content of your cottage cheese lately? 1 cup of cottage cheese has 30g of protein!! (I use 4% cottage cheese. I believe the lower-fat versions may have slightly less). 30g!! That’s equivalent to 5 eggs or 1 cup of chicken! So I frequently try to substitute things like cream or cheese with good old protein-packed 4% cottage cheese. In addition, by adding in some nutritious green veggies to the dish, you totally won’t feel as guilty about going for seconds!

Cottage cheese baked mac and cheese with broccoli. Recipe by Nes
Cottage cheese baked mac and cheese with broccoli. Recipe by Nes
Cottage cheese baked mac and cheese with broccoli. Recipe by Nes
Cottage cheese baked mac and cheese with broccoli. Recipe by Nes
Cottage Cheese Baked Mac & Cheese with Broccoli [ Recipe by Neshikot.com ]

Ingredients:
1 lb pasta shells (You could substitute in whole wheat pasta for an even healthier dish)
1 lb broccoli, steamed (fresh or frozen)
2 cups 4% cottage cheese (Friendship is my favorite)
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese, plus 3/4 cup for the topping
1/2 cup milk (I used 1%)
1 tbs dijon mustard
1/2 tsp salt

Directions:
Prepare pasta according to directions, cooking until al dente. Meanwhile, steam broccoli. When pasta and broccoli are done, drain well and mix together in a large bowl.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 13×9″ baking dish.

In smaller bowl, mix together the cottage cheese, 1 cup of the parmesan, milk, dijon mustard, and salt. Mix cream sauce into the pasta and veggies, and pour into the baking dish.

Bake, uncovered, for about 30 minutes, or until cheese on top is starting to lightly brown.

Inspired by:
24carrotlife

Cottage cheese baked mac and cheese with broccoli. Recipe by Nes
Cottage cheese baked mac and cheese with broccoli. Recipe by Nes

 

 

30 Minute Dinner: Garlic Spaghetti and Broccoli

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When I only have 30 minutes to come up with dinner, this is one of my favorite recipes. The sautéed garlic sauce will make your house smell amazing while you are cooking it, and the broccoli bumps up the healthy factor to this pasta dish. I purposely make this with 8oz of pasta and 16oz of broccoli — it’s one third pasta and two thirds vegetables, meaning that my family is getting in lots of broccoli’s power packed nutrients (fiber, vitamin C, and iron, to name a few). If you want to make it a healthier, switch up the spaghetti for whole wheat spaghetti or quinoa pasta!

Also, I use the term “30 Minute Dinner” conservatively — I am an incredibly slow cook. I cooked this in 30 minutes, but there’s a decent chance you could get it done in 20 — give it a try and let me know!

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30 Minute Dinner: Garlic Spaghetti and Broccoli [ Recipe by Neshikot.com ]

Ingredients:
8 oz spaghetti
1/4 cup garlic olive oil
4 teaspoons grated garlic (Dorot is a great option when you are in a hurry)
1 cup grated parmesan
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 package organic frozen broccoli (16 oz)

Directions:
Cook pasta according to instructions. While pasta is cooking, steam broccoli according to instructions.

When pasta is finished, drain and set aside. In the same pot, add the garlic olive oil and turn the heat back on to medium. Then add in the garlic and cook for a few minutes, until garlic starts to sizzle and look slightly golden, but don’t let it turn brown. Turn off heat, and pour the cooked pasta back into the pot, mixing the garlic and oil mixture in with the pasta.

Transfer pasta to a large bowl, and immediately mix in 3/4 of the parmesan and the lemon juice. Then, mix in the broccoli, and the rest of the parmesan. Toss well and serve!

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