Sunday, October 16, 2011

Mac and Cheese with Shredded Chicken & Cauliflower

My best friend, Lauren, who is one of the most supportive friends ever bought me 3 cookbooks for my birthday this year. This recipe is from one of them, entitled Secrets Of A Skinny Chef. It was totally delicious and a little more involved than the past few Sunday dinners Ive made but, totally worth it.

I suggest that you use all fresh ingredients because it really adds to the flavors. This dish is definitely for cheese lovers. Let me just say that Im as big a fan of cheese as I am garlic.

Yields 6 servings.
400 calories per serving.
Recipe from Secrets Of A Skinny Chef.

8 oz whole wheat penne
2 c cauliflower florets
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp mild chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp margarine
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1.5 c skim milk
3 c part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 400.

In a sauce pan, cook pasta for 5 minutes less than the package instructions indicate. (I did about 6 minutes.)
Drain & set aside.

Coat a large piece of aluminum foil with cooking spray.
Wrap the cauliflower in the foil.

Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil & coat with cooking spray.
Place chicken on baking sheet & sprinkle with salt, chili powder, garlic powder, & pepper.

Bake the chicken & cauliflower for 15 - 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven & set cauliflower aside.
Shred chicken & set aside.

In the same pan that you cooked the pasta in melt margarine over medium-low heat.
Add minced garlic, flour, & nutmeg.
Wisk mixture in the pan until a thick paste begins to form.
Continue cooking 2 - 3 minutes until the paste starts to leave a coat on the inside of the pan.
Gradually add milk, whisking constantly, until a thick sauce starts to form.
Add the mozzarella and stir until it melts.
Turn off the heat & add pasta, chicken, & cauliflower & stir so that all ingredients mix.
Serve immediately.

Look how freakin' cheesy that is! And for only 400 calories? How can you say no to that?


  1. Glad you like the books! Can't wait to see more and steal the recipes! :) love you.