Healthy Style Mac and Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound whole wheat elbow noodles
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups 2% milk, fortified with vitamin D
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 6 ounces gruyere, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh black pepper

 Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (tip: do it yourself with day old whole wheat bread)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Blend day old whole wheat bread in electric blender until blended into fine crumbs

In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente.

In a separate pot, melt the butter on low heat. Whisk in the flour and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it’s free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.

Temper in the egg. Stir in 3/4 of each cheese. Sprinkle in salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.

Melt the butter in a pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Let sit for approximately 5 minutes prior to serving.

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1) Background: - Originally from Guelph, ONT, - Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University, - Workplace Wellness & Health Promotion (WWHP) Post-Graduate Certificate from Centennial College - Completed my WWHP placement at UHN - Hired at UHN August 2008 2) Passions: - I love to run! Nothing beats a runner's high! =) 3) Achievements: - Competed at the National Track & Field Champions for Javelin [I named my javelin 'Orville' after the Wright brothers who invited the airplane - as I wanted my javelin to 'fly'] 4) "I love what I do because . . . it allows me to help others incorporate aspects of a healthy lifestyle into their lives. I've always wanted to help people get active and live better lives; I just never knew it could be my day job.' 5) Book Recommendation: 'Mindless Eating' by Brian Wansink and 'The Happiness Project' by Gretchen Rubin

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