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Recipe: Low-Fat Mac and Cheese with Tomatoes

Mac and cheese is a much-loved comfort food that normally contains a lot of fat, and too little fiber and nutrients to be considered healthful. Adding veggies of any kind and whole wheat pasta make this perennial favorite a guilt-free, healthy indulgence. In this recipe, we used tomatoes for color, antioxidant vitamin C and lycopene, a significant anti-cancer nutrient. Using an old-fashioned cast iron skillet helps crisp the edges.

Serves 4.

2 c. whole wheat elbow macaroni, uncooked
2 T. olive oil
1 c. diced fresh or unsalted canned tomatoes, drained
1 1/2 c. low-fat sharp cheddar cheese, grated
¼ c. parmesan cheese, grated
½ tsp. paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Nutritional Information per Serving: 300 calories, 20 g protein, 43 g carbohydrates, 15.3 g fat (7.3 g saturated), 33 g cholesterol,  5 g fiber, 290 mg sodium.

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