Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What's for Dinner Wednesday~

Winter...cold, dry, dreary=Comfort Food!  And, what better than two cold weather favorites combined?  Chili and Mac-n-Cheese?

This recipe comes from the Best of Cooking Light 2013 magazine.

Chili-Cheese Mac

Hands-on time: 20 min.
Total time: 20 min.

1 tsp canola oil
3/4 lb ground round
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground corriander
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp chili powder
2 C fat-free, lower-sodium beef broth
1 C water
1 (10 oz) can mild diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
8 oz uncooked elbow macaroni
1/2 C fat-free milk
4 oz 1/3 -less-fat cream cheese
4.5 oz finely shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese


Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil. Add beef and next 4 ingredients (through chili powder); cook 3 minutes. Add broth, 1 cup water, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Stir in macaroni; cover and cook 10 minutes or until macaroni is done.  Heat milk and cream cheese in a saucepan over medium high heart. Cook 4 minutes or until cheese melts, stirring frequently.  Remove from heat. Stir in cheddar.  Add cheese sauce to macaroni mixture; toss well to coat.

***side note-we found it to be a bit thin in consistency, so we put it in the oven for a few minutes to thicken up (worked like a charm).

It was delicious.  The green chiles give it just a bit of a kick.  Hubby and I reminisced and said it reminded us of a "healthier, grown-up version of Hamburger Helper"...LOL


Chic Coastal Living said...

Oh man! Do I want a huge bowl of this right now! Yummm!

Meg {henninglove} said...

ooh i need to try this. i dont' think i have ever had chili mac and cheese but it looks and sounds amazing. i think the green chiles would be a great kick too

Amber B (Simple Dwellings) said...

That looks so delicious! Perfect food choice on these freezing days. It's in the negative numbers here today! Brrr.... :)

Val said...

Yum, I'm making this immediately. My kids will love. I will love it!!!

Katie said...

yum!! I love any kind of mac and cheese but I bet my husband would like this one to!