Does Anyone Have a Good Substitute for Mac and Cheese?
Does Anyone Have a Good Substitute for Mac and Cheese? , 06-06-2008 12:10 PM


Junior Low-Carber


I really love macaroni and cheese. I've heard there are a few good recipes around, using a homemade cheese sauce mixed with veggies like cauliflower or green beans to substitute for the macaroni. This sure sounds good to me.

If anyone has such a recipe I would very much appreciate it. I love my veggies and wouldn't mind substituting it for pasta.
RE: Does Anyone Have a Good Substitute for Mac and Cheese? , 06-06-2008 12:31 PM


Expert Low-Carber


Mac and Cheese

Unsalted butter for greasing baking dish
4 cups heavy cream
2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of ground cayenne pepper
8 egg crepes sliced into 1/4" strips (I used 5 eggs and

RE: Does Anyone Have a Good Substitute for Mac and Cheese? , 06-06-2008 12:42 PM


Junior Low-Carber


ooh the macafoni and cheese sounds luscious. Thank you for the recipes and link Val.
RE: Does Anyone Have a Good Substitute for Mac and Cheese? , 06-06-2008 01:58 PM


Junior Low-Carber


Somewhere on the web, in another forum, I found a recipe that uses tofu. I tried making tuna casserole wiwth it using the Ragu cheese sauce, but I used too much sauce. It really was pretty good. The recipe says to just mash up the firm tofu, but what I did was take my egg slicer gadget and slice through the tofu, then cut slim strips. The tofu will break up into macaroni sized pieces. With your own sauce, it would probably be fantastic. I know I'm going to try it again with my own chesse sauce. I think the Ragu caused me to stall for a few days.
RE: Does Anyone Have a Good Substitute for Mac and Cheese? , 06-06-2008 03:42 PM


Junior Low-Carber


Someone from another forum gave this recipe too me.

It's not bad if you play around with it and add some spices or green chiles.


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RE: Does Anyone Have a Good Substitute for Mac and Cheese? , 06-06-2008 03:45 PM


Advanced Low-Carber


i have used the tofu recipe and it is pretty good.

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RE: Does Anyone Have a Good Substitute for Mac and Cheese? , 06-06-2008 04:13 PM


Expert Low-Carber


[b]Macaroni and Cheese Recipe-Atkins Diet Low Carb Recipe

Ingredients:
1 lb. tofu, firm - well-drained
2 cups cheddar cheese
2 eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper - to taste
onion and garlic - to taste
nutmeg - to taste
dry mustard - to taste
cayenne - to taste

Use the firmest tofu you can find, preferably "cotton" tofu, as opposed to silken which is usually used for desserts. Drain well and press out extra moisture (usually not necessary with firm tofu). Also, use as sharp a cheese as you can, because tofu is bland, and be generous with the seasonings (use a mix per your taste from those shown above as "to taste".)

Combine eggs, cream, and cheese. Dice or push tofu slices through a french fry cutter. Stir into the cheese mixture. Season as desired. Place in greased casserole (or small individual casseroles) or spread on greased pie plate (there's more top that way.) Optional: top with additional cheese.

Bake at 375

RE: Does Anyone Have a Good Substitute for Mac and Cheese? , 06-07-2008 01:21 PM


Junior Low-Carber


Val, this looks super! Because I am trying to cut calories as well, I'll probably use evaporated whole milk instead of the heavy cream (I've found evap milk to be an excellent sub for heavy cream), and I might use 2% cheese. What a creative recipe! Thanks!
RE: Does Anyone Have a Good Substitute for Mac and Cheese? , 06-10-2008 08:23 AM


Newbie Low-Carber


I got this recipe from George Stella's show on Food Network - it's fabulous and really hits the spot when the mac & cheese cravings come calling - my 5 year old will even eat it!!!

Mock-A-Roni and Cheese
Makes 6 servings
6g net carb/serving

Ingredients
1 large head of cauliflower cut into small pieces
Pam (or something to grease the baking pan)
1 cup heavy cream
2 oz. cream cheese
1-1/2 t. dijon mustard
1-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 t. black pepper
1/4 t. garlic powder

Preheat oven to 375F. Bring large pot of water to a boil, season with kosher salt.

Spray 8x8 baking pan with Pam.

Cook cauliflower in boiling water until crisp-tender (about 5 min.) Drain well and pat between several layers of paper towels. Transfer to baking dish.

Bring cream to a simmer and whisk in cream cheese and mustard until smooth. Stir in 1 cup of cheddar cheese, salt, pepper and garlic powder and whisk until cheese just melts - about 1-2 min. Remove from heat, pour over cauliflower and stir to combine. Top with remaining cheese and bake until bubbly and brown (~15 min).
RE: Does Anyone Have a Good Substitute for Mac and Cheese? , 06-12-2008 07:25 AM


Junior Low-Carber


I have made the mac and cheese recipe on the Dreamfield's Elbows pasta box many times and really enjoy it. I freeze it in small portions so I don't overdo eating it.
RE: Does Anyone Have a Good Substitute for Mac and Cheese? , 06-18-2008 12:03 AM


Advanced Low-Carber


For me, something like Mac & Cheese which is a beloved favorite of many of us, I go ahead and use Dreamfields. That satisfies me for a long while. The thing about eating LC for life, find ways to work in those foods you are fond of so you don't feel like you are "on a diet".
Mona
RE: Does Anyone Have a Good Substitute for Mac and Cheese? , 06-26-2008 11:29 AM


Newbie Low-Carber


Just use Dreamfields pasta. Its great!
RE: Does Anyone Have a Good Substitute for Mac and Cheese? , 06-26-2008 12:19 PM


Advanced Low-Carber


mrsadm Wrote:I have made the mac and cheese recipe on the Dreamfield's Elbows pasta box many times and really enjoy it. I freeze it in small portions so I don't overdo eating it.

Would you happen to have that recipe from the Dreamfield's Elbows box? If you do, would you mind posting it. I put all my Dreamfield pastas in lock-n-lock containers and no longer have the boxes.
TIA

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RE: Does Anyone Have a Good Substitute for Mac and Cheese? , 06-26-2008 12:53 PM


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From the Dreamfields elbows box:

WELCOME HOME MAC & CHEESE
16 ounces Dreamfields elbows
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup white onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh parley, chopped
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon each salt, pepper and nutmeg
3 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 cups fontina cheese, shredded
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese

Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium heat; saut

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RE: Does Anyone Have a Good Substitute for Mac and Cheese? , 06-26-2008 01:23 PM


Advanced Low-Carber


[quote=LindaSue]
From the Dreamfields elbows box:

WELCOME HOME MAC & CHEESE
16 ounces Dreamfields elbows
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup white onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh parley, chopped
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon each salt, pepper and nutmeg
3 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 cups fontina cheese, shredded
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese

Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium heat; saut
RE: Does Anyone Have a Good Substitute for Mac and Cheese? , 06-26-2008 01:37 PM


Advanced Low-Carber


Hi,

Sometimes it's hard for me to find fontina cheese around here. Do you have a suggestion for another cheese to use. And I was thinking I would want to tweak that cup of milk with maybe half & half. What do you think?

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RE: Does Anyone Have a Good Substitute for Mac and Cheese? , 06-26-2008 01:53 PM


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Smudge Wrote:Sometimes it's hard for me to find fontina cheese around here. Do you have a suggestion for another cheese to use. And I was thinking I would want to tweak that cup of milk with maybe half & half. What do you think?
I'm not all that familiar with fontina cheese but I did have some in the stuffed chicken at Carrabba's the other day. The closest thing that I can think of might be Monterey jack cheese. It's white, creamy and mild too. I agree with you about changing the milk to something else unless you can get Calorie Countdown milk. Half & half would do but you could cut the carbs even more by using more cream with part water to make your own "milk".

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RE: Does Anyone Have a Good Substitute for Mac and Cheese? , 06-26-2008 03:22 PM


Advanced Low-Carber


LindaSue Wrote:
Smudge Wrote:Sometimes it's hard for me to find fontina cheese around here. Do you have a suggestion for another cheese to use. And I was thinking I would want to tweak that cup of milk with maybe half & half. What do you think?
I'm not all that familiar with fontina cheese but I did have some in the stuffed chicken at Carrabba's the other day. The closest thing that I can think of might be Monterey jack cheese. It's white, creamy and mild too. I agree with you about changing the milk to something else unless you can get Calorie Countdown milk. Half & half would do but you could cut the carbs even more by using more cream with part water to make your own "milk".

Thank you, think I'll do "using more cream with part water to make your own "milk".
RE: Does Anyone Have a Good Substitute for Mac and Cheese? , 10-15-2010 06:24 PM


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