Monday, September 14, 2009

Lowering the fat...Cottage Cheese in the Mac.

This week I wanted to share some of the fun budget saving ideas we use at our house. I know it is probably not rocket science. Simple ideas that work for us. One thing for sure is using fresh local produce. One thing my kids will eat all day is butter lettuce with salad dressing. This happens to be the homemade ranch dressing. The lettuce at thirty three cents a head. I splurged and we had half a head each person.
One of the fast simple dinners we have around here is also, believe it or not, healthy. I don't claim to be a genius in any way, but if you choose to think I'm smart...I won't stop you. One box of organic mac and cheese. On sale 1$. Yup. To make it low fat I add 1/2 cup Homemade cottage cheese instead of butter and milk. It gets all gooey. Who can even deny the beauty of it?

Another very low fat alternative is to use 1/2 cup of fat free sour cream or Homemade Cream Cheese instead of the milk and butter. It's a great way to cut calories and still feel like you're having a good indulgent mac-n-cheese night.

Baked apple crisp for dessert and we had a feast.
There you go.


Gourmified said...

That looks yum-o! I'll have to try that next time I whip up a box! I tend to use only 1tsp of butter with the 1%milk and my kids haven't even noticed a change! I like the creaminess of the ingredients you've used, though!

clan of the cave hair said...

we have been going through that ranch salad dressing at what would be a horrifying rate if it were full fat. I can actually put that on my table and not feel guilty now. A bottle of Hidden Valley always made me feel like I was poisoning my family with fat and empty calories. (not to mention preservatives.)

mlebagley said...

two words. LOVE IT! Wait, two more words: YOU'RE BRILLIANT. That's really three words, but I'm not the genius here :)