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Avocado Macaroni and Cheese

Rich and creamy, this take on the classic macaroni and cheese is a treat. Rich in heart healthy fat from the avocado, it also contains protein, and fiber making it indulgent yet nutritious. It is also high in calories, perfect for head and neck cancer patients who need to gain weight. A lightened version can be prepared using skim or almond milk in place of the whole milk and reduced amounts of butter and cheese. A perfect easy meal for lunch or dinner! For added color and fiber, top with colorful steamed broccoli or your favorite vegetable.

Serves: 8

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

16 oz pasta

2 avocados, pitted

1 Tbsp lime juice

½ tsp salt

1 clove garlic, minced

3 Tbsp butter

3 Tbsp flour

2 cups whole milk

1 ½ cup white cheddar, shredded

½ cup gruyere cheese, shredded

Directions:

  1. Cook macaroni noodles per package directions
  2. Combine avocado, lime juice, garlic, and salt in food processor. Process until smooth
  3. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat
  4. Add flour and cook for 1-2 minutes to make a roux
  5. Gradually add milk into roux, stirring as you add. Cook on stovetop for 5-7 minutes, stirring regularly until it thickens
  6. Add avocado mixture to the milk mixture on the stove and continue to cook for additional 5 minutes
  7. Remove from heat and add shredded cheese
  8. Once pasta is cooked, drain and add into cheese sauce

NUTRITIONAL DATA:

Per serving: 529 calories, 30 grams fat, 15 grams saturated fat, 71 mg cholesterol, 47grams carbohydrate, 9 grams dietary fiber, 22 grams protein

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