{Healthy} Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Lately, I'm all about being healthy & eating healthy. That's why tonight J & I are eating baked macaroni & cheese with a cauliflower filler.

1 fresh cauliflower head
2 C macaroni (I used shells, but spirals or elbows work great too)
3 tbsp sour cream
Swiss cheese
American cheese
Salt & pepper if you wish

First things first- put a pot of water on the stove to cook the macaroni. Follow the instructions on the package.
While you're waiting on the noodles, chop up some cheese. I used 5 or 6 slices of each type of cheese. I love this market I have nearby that sells the freshest cheese. Go for the low fat or 2% cheeses because just eating the cauliflower in the dish isn't quite healthy enough...

Set the cheese aside for now while we concentrate on the cauliflower. I've never worked with this veggie before, so you're not alone if you're not a cauliflower expert. Throw the whole thing in a strainer and run it under cold water. Rinse it really well, then start pulling the white tops off.

I used the whole head, then chopped it up into pretty small pieces.

Throw the cauliflower in a large bowl & mix with your cooked noodles.
Now would be a good time to turn your oven on to 375 degrees.
Put the sour cream & cheese in a microwave safe bowl & cook until melted, stirring every 30 seconds. When completely melted, pour it on top of the cauliflower & noodles. Mix very well, then pour everything into a 9x13 baking pan.

If you're feeling extra cheesey, break up a few pieces of cheese & scatter across the top of the dish.

Bake about 20-30 minutes or until the top becomes slightly brown.

The cauliflower will become very soft & soaks up the cheese. Once it is done baking, sprinkle the top with salt & pepper.
Ohh I can't wait to dig in!

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