RECIPES

Avocado Mac and Cheese

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Nutritional Highlights (per serving)

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571
Calories
28 g
Total Fat
7.4 g
Dietary Fiber
23.7 g
Protein
58.7 g
Total Carbs

Ingredients

Serves: 1
1/2  lb.  elbow macaroni
  California Avocado, peeled and pitted
oz.  light cream cheese
1/4  cup  Skim milk
tsp.  oil
1/2    large green pepper, diced
1/2    medium onion, diced
  garlic cloves, minced
  medium tomato, diced
1/2  cup  corn
1 1/2  tsp.  chili powder
tsp.  oregano
tsp.  cumin
tsp.  salt
1/2  tsp.  Red pepper flakes
  jalapeno or Anaheim pepper, minced (optional)
1 1/2  cups  shredded Cheddar cheese

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil for the pasta in a medium saucepan. When the water comes to a rolling boil, add pasta. Reduce heat to medium and cook pasta for 8-10 min, or until al dente. When done, drain and set aside. While the pasta is cooking, you can start the sauce. 
  2. Place avocado, cream cheese, and milk in the bowl of your food processor. Blend together until smooth.
  3. In a large saucepan, heat oil. Add diced green pepper, onion, and garlic. Sauté until onions are translucent (3-5 min). 
  4. Add avocado puree and remaining ingredients, except shredded cheese. Heat over medium heat until sauce begins to warm (2-3 min). Add cheese ½ cup at a time, stirring to combine and let cheese melt between additions. 
  5. Mix drained pasta with sauce and serve warm.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING
Calories 571
Total Fat 28 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 13.1 g
Unsaturated Fat 22 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4 mg
Dietary Fiber 7.4 g
Protein 23.7 g
Total Carbs 58.7 g
Cholesterol 58 mg
Sodium 1004 mg
Potassium 942 mg
Total Sugar 7.3 g

Vitamin A 866 IU; Vitamin C 13 mg; Calcium 89 mg; Iron 4 mg; Vitamin D 4.5 IU; Folate 86 mcg

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 17%; Vitamin C 21%; Calcium 9%; Iron 24 %

 

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Sarah Ozimek

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