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Oct 14, 2013 09:46 PM

low car mac and cheese?

I can't remember if we have covered this in this forum. I saw several mac and cheese recipes which mainly trim the fat--cheese and dairy. The most intriguing was a macaroni-broccoli bake using broccoli in the crunchy topping.

Do any of you have a lower carb mac and cheese? I am willing to use whole wheat macaroni. I would also like less fat in the recipe. Is this just a fantasy?

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  1. Hmm, a low carb Mac and Cheese will be very tough because of the Mac.

    <I am willing to use whole wheat macaroni.>

    Whole wheat flour has the same amount of carbohydrates as refined white flour.

    Whole wheat flour: 87 g of carbohydrates in 120 g of flour
    All purpose white flour: 95 g of carbohydrates in 125 g of flour

    For low fat Mac and Cheese, you can use low fat milk, but I don' think that will taste nearly as good.

    1. You could try it with tofu shirataki noodles, but I'm not sure if that would work out. 3 carbs per serving.

      1. Low carb and low fat is going to be hard to do. Check out the shirataki mushroom noodles for low carb substitutes.

        1. When I make a pasta dish (from actual pasta) and try to get the carbs down to an acceptable level per serving, I sub in veg. Either cauliflower for texture or squash for cheesy things.

          Edward Lee has this recipe I am going to try tonight for dinner:

          I will make a few subs- add some nutritional yeast to cut down a bit on the cheese, fat free half and half or yogurt/sour cream mix instead of whole milk.

          Here is one with no cheese at all and you could mix in broccoli or cauliflower to sub for half the pasta. I haven't tried it yet, but I have made a "cheese" sauce similarly (before) and liked it. I like cheese but I try to cut it down a bit when I can. I like the squash/cheese/nutritional yeast combo the best.

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          1. re: sedimental

            I have made the sauce from ohsheglows before-its amazing!! (Ps you must try her avocado pasta sauce- crazy good on anything)

            1. re: Ttrockwood

              Yup. It is a balancing act....what tastes good, what is healthy, what is ethically all matters.... Just on different days :)

              I really try to keep a balance of heathy and tasty each day. I only go "off rails" on weekends. I will check out the avocado pasta be sure :)

              1. re: Ttrockwood

                I can't wait to try that avocado sauce - it sounds amazing. I'll maybe toss it on some roasted cauliflower though, instead of pasta. Wow, thanks for the mention of it.


              not so low fat, but i suppose you could use neufchatel instead of cream cheese.