Monday, April 14, 2014

BBQ Chicken With Mac & Cheese

Finally!  A meal that looks and tastes like sinful comfort food, but it's actually healthy!  And kid-friendly!  Who knew this was possible??  Thank you thank you thank you Food Network!  The kids had no idea they were eating a high-fiber, low calorie meal, and neither did the hubby!  This will be in the meal rotation for a long time - try it out, I know you will agree.



BBQ Chicken With Mac & Cheese
3 c chopped cauliflower florets
1 c low fat milk (I used fat free evaporated milk)
1 ½ c reduced fat shredded cheddar
1 T grated parmesan
1 small plum tomato, halved
2 T bbq sauce
4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
6 oz elbow macaroni (I used Catelli Smart)

Preheat broiler.  Bring cauliflower and milk to boil in large saucepan.  Reduce heat to medium, cover and simmer until tender, 8 minutes.  Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth; return to saucepan and stir in 1 ¼ c cheddar and the parmesan.  Meanwhile grate tomato in small bowl and stir in bbq sauce.  Season chicken with salt; set on a baking sheet and broil until golden, 7 minutes.  Flip chicken, brush with sauce, and continue cooking until cooked through, 6-7 minutes.  Meanwhile boil pasta in salted water; reserve ½ c cooking water, then drain.  Add pasta to cauliflower mixture along with splash of reserved cooking water.  Cover and cook on low until pasta is coated. Top with remaining cheddar and serve with chicken.

Per serving (4) –
499 calories
18g fat
41g carbs
3g fiber
42g protein