Greek Yogurt, Broccoli & Bacon Mac & Cheese

greek-mac-final-2After a few tough family days we all needed a yummy meal that we could enjoy and not feel too guilty about. We had recently gotten a reality check when it comes to spending time together as well as enjoying everything we have. I spent the afternoon making this recipe at my parent’s house because I knew they needed a break and to be taken care of for a change.

My parents have never let a day go by without either calling or doing something for my sister and I and our husbands. In moments where they are in need we begin to realize that even more and how truly blessed we are to have them. They deserve to be taken care of, just as they have my sister and me our whole lives.

With all that said I decided to add a twist to traditional mac and cheese because I wasn’t about to make something for them out of a box- although we do eat them occasionally and enjoy them. This particular day called for something comforting, homemade and delicious!

(serves 8-10)

Ingredients:

  • Dry elbows or small pasta of your choice (2 lb)
  • 3 cups shredded cheesemain-ingredients-final
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice- for creamier pasta use a full cup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups broccoli
  • 1 package of bacon (12 oz)
  • Bread crumbs if desiredmilk-and-salt-final

Directions:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees
  • Begin to cook bacon in the oven until crispy- alternatively you can cook your bacon in a pan and drain the fat.
  • Meanwhile, cook the macaroni in salted water until al dente- in the last few minutes of cooking pasta add broccoli to slightly softenbrocolli-and-pasta-in-pot
  • Drain your pasta but don’t rinse.drain-pasta-final
  • In a small pot, stir together the milk, cheese, and salt until cheese melts.melting-cheese
  • Meanwhile, chop your cooked bacon and add it to your pasta and broccoli mix
  • Add the yogurt and cook on low, just until the sauce is hot.
  • Chop your cooked bacon and add it to your pasta and broccoli mixadding-bacon-final
  • Stir in the cooked pasta, broccoli and bacon into the sauce mixtureMixture-final
  • Ladle your mix into a casserole, top with extra cheese if you would like.greek-mac-not-baked
  • Bake for 10 min to warm through
  • Broil towards the end of cooking process to brown bread crumbs if desired.greek-mac-final

 

This recipe can easily be reduced to make smaller portions but we used this for a family day and ended up having a second casserole to eat at Christmas Eve dinner which worked out really nicely. I hope that this dish brings you as much comfort as it did us

Salud!


Nutritionals per serving:
Calories: 518
Carbs: 33
Fat: 31
Protein: 25
Sodium: 912
Sugar: 3

 

Mini Cheese Balls

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My sister and I, when we get together, we cook. We like to spend time in the kitchen even better if the whole family is around to be our taste testers. If Janine and I are in the kitchen you can bet that something delicious and most of the time intricate is making it onto the table. Needless to say we got our love of cooking from my mom.

Growing up I don’t think we ever ate the same thing twice, even when we loved the recipe she was always trying something new. This no doubt has bled over to Janine and I. We both love experimenting with new flavors, that due in part to my dad who never let us NOT try something. Doesn’t matter how much we protested we had to try it at least once, I think we are both grateful for that because we are the farthest things from picky eaters now.

This recipe is one we adapted from Roxy’s Kitchen. The mini cheeseballs were easy to make and a crowd pleaser. We all were together on a Sunday which we often do and although I had just finished cooking tons of food for Culinary School, Janine convinced me to give these and a few other things that same night a go.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups finely shredded cheddar cheese or a blend shredded cheeses
  • ¾ cup grated parmesan cheesecheese-final
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • oil for frying

Directions:

  • Whisk you flour, baking powder and eggs well in a bowl.flourand-egg-final
  • Add in the cheese and combine well
    • Make sure the mixture is thick enough to hold wellmixed-ingredients-final
  • Form the mixture into small to medium size balls.
    • They will expand when you fry themforming-cheeseball-final
  • Fry the cheeseballs until they are golden brown
    • Note: there should be enough oil to completely cover the balls when frying.Frying-cheeseballs-final
  • Once they are done frying place them on a paper towel to drain the excess oil.

This recipe was not only easy but it turned out to be a great little appetizer before the Broncos game. We served the cheeseballs with a little sriracha-mayo and that added a little heat and texture to them as well.Cheeseballs-Final

Hope you enjoy!

Salud!