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Detox “Mac n’ Cheese”

This quick dish is so simple, I’m not even sure it qualifies as a “recipe.”

Here’s what you need:

Ingredients:
(serves 1-2, depending on your appetite)

2 yellow squash, peeled (zucchini squash also works great!)

2 ounces of raw goat cheddar

Garlic Powder

Salt (Himalayan pink crystals are my favorite)

Directions:

Prepare your squash “noodles” using a spiralizer (this is the one I have):

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Note: If you don’t have a spiralizer, you could use a vegetable peeler to make fettucinni-like noodles, or even use a grater (or salad shooter) to make a shredded “pasta!” Once you’ve got your noodles, roughly chop them (to make them more elbow-like).

Next, throw your pasta in a skillet with a splash of water to keep them from sticking.

Season with a generous pinch of salt and garlic powder, and toss over medium heat until tender (about 3-5 minutes).

These noodles tend to release a bit of water during cooking, so drain well after cooking:

Return drained noodles to the hot skillet, toss with 2 ounces of shredded raw goat cheddar, and season with additional salt and pepper, as desired. (Paprika or turmeric would also be nice for a touch of color, too!)

Serve piping hot!

Mmm, mmm, good. And definitely a cleaner version than the neon-orange-colored box stuff!

If you can’t get your hands on raw goat cheddar, pasteurized goat cheese would work great as well! Goat cheese is easier to digest than cow’s milk, making it more detox-friendly, but feel free to use any type of cheese you like. And go wild with toppings! Next time, I think I’ll throw in some cooked cherry tomatoes or asparagus!

I’ve actually been enjoying this stuff the past two nights in a row, and have tried it with both yellow squash and zucchini noodles. I actually think I prefer the taste of the zucchini noodles, but they do lend a greenish-color to the dish… which may not appeal to others.

Hope you try it the next time you get a mac n’ cheese craving!! It also makes an awesome side dish anytime!

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Becki @ Hike, Bike, Eat

I’ve been craving mac and cheese like crazy lately! I’ll have to try this one tomorrey night πŸ™‚

holly @ couchpotatoathlete

Enjoy your lazy day!

I love mac n cheese, and this looks delicious! I have had zucchini noodles with marinara, so I didn’t notice the green too much while eating it, and I’m not sure if that will bother me too much!

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat)

yum!!!!!

I need a spiralizer. I love zucchini “noodles.”

I need to find that goat cheese. I don’t do well with dairy but I LOVE cheese.

    Erin

    I just made this dish and I LOVE it! I’m a huge cheese fan but am hypoglycemic so regular noodles will not work for me. Amanda, you don’t need a spiralizer to make this dish. I got a $2 hand held julienne peeler and it makes perfect noodles! πŸ™‚

Kris | iheartwellness.com

Shut.The.Front.Door! I need to find this goat cheese so I can make this freaking meal! Mac n cheese is an old time fave of mine….with ketchup. Of course now, I wouldn’t rock the ketchup, but you get the picture!

This looks so yummy!

I hear ya, I always get post vacay blues. Good news is, you can do it again!

Have a snuggly day!

xxoo

Sara Katich

I think those ‘noodles’ are better than the traditional noodles. I really enjoy cooking them so they are somewhat firm. I never even thought to use cheese instead of marinara. Great recipe idea!!

ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska

That mac and cheese looks amazing! It’s been so long since I’ve had it, and I think I just may be able to make this recipe work for me! (I’m lactose intolerant, which isn’t always fun.)

Felicia

hey! just found your blog and im loving it! totally can relate to your story. look forward to reading πŸ™‚

Michelle

I notice that you eat goat cheese and it’s listed under the detoxifying foods. Why is goat cheese detoxifying? I’m dairy free, but wondering if maybe goat cheese wouldn’t have the same lactose-intolerance affects of cow dairy?

    Megan

    I wouldn’t say that goat cheese “detoxifying,” but it also doesn’t ruin most people’s efforts when attempting to detox– when eaten with water containing vegetables, and in appropriate food combinations.

    Goat cheese does contain less lactose and casein protein than cow’s dairy, and it’s protein molecules are smaller, making it much easier to digest. Many people who are lactose-intolerant have been known to tolerate goat’s dairy, but it depends on the individual.

    Hope that helps! πŸ™‚

Chelsea

Do you think baking a spaghetti squash as using it as “noodles” would work just as well? Then put on stove and mix in salt and garlic powder?

Great quick and easy recipe πŸ™‚

Katie

May I just say that I love you? This is amazing! I used zucchini (which I forgot to peel) and added some smoked paprika. Seriously one of the most amazing things that I have ever tasted. Thank you! πŸ™‚

    Megan

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

Jennifer

This was AMAZING! Had mine with a bit of parmesan, olive oil, and cracked black pepper – soooo good!

Dawn

This is so good. This will be my go to meal when I need some quick comfort food.

viretta boyd

I’m just starting with other ways to eat my favorite dish without white flour, this great!!!!!

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