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#FoodieFriday Lower Fat/Carb Mac & Cheese

Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? It’s the kind of comfort food that warms the belly and calms the soul, but oh man, talk about fat and carbs.

There is a way to cut back on both and still have a hardy and rewarding meal with a little less guilt or worry. This is my version of a lower fat/lower carb Mac and cheese. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Ingredients

4 cups Cauliflower
1/2 pound pasta
3 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped ham
1 chopped onion
3 cups 1% milk
2 cups cheddar cheese
Panko bread crumbs

Directions

Cut the cauliflower into one inch pieces. I was able to find an orange cauliflower at a local farm stand for only $2.00! Yes, I love being frugal also! Steam the cauliflower until just a little tough to a poke with a fork. It will cook some more when you bake it. After steaming, rinse with cold water to stop the cooking while you assemble the rest of the ingredients.
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Cook the 1/2 pound of pasta until al dente. I used cavatappi since they hold the sauce and add a little fun to the mix. After draining the water, rinse the pasta with cold water to stop the cooking while you assemble the rest of the ingredients.
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Chop the ham and cook in the olive oil to get rid of that extra moisture. Then add the onion and cook until just translucent. Turn down the heat a little and add the flour. Mix it all up until it’s a little on the dry side. If you’re using some kind of cast iron stove to oven pan, this will happen quickly from the pan retaining the heat, so really turn it down until you add the milk.
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Add the milk to the ham, onion, and flour mix. Stir until sauce is thick enough to coat the spoon. Add the cheese and stir. Then add the cauliflower and pasta and mix well.

If you haven’t used a stove to oven baking pan/dish, place the mixture in a greased baking dish. Top with the Panko and if you’d like, some additional cheese. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes and then broil for about 2-4 to brown the top! Voila, you are done!

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#FoodieFriday Tres Leches Cake – Super Easy Style

If you’ve been to a Latin restaurant lately, you know that Tres Leches Cake has become a staple on many dessert menus. It’s sinfully sweet and tasty. Coupled with a nice cup of espresso, your meal is complete.

Of course, you can treat yourself by making this cake at home. For those who are expert bakers and love making a cake from scratch, please go right ahead.

For those of us who are a little more challenged, store bought yellow cake mix is the foundation of this super easy Tres Leches cake! For a little Spanish lesson, “tres leches” means “three milks” and it is three different milks that form the sweet soaking mixture in this recipe.

Ingredients

Yellow Cake Mix

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 can sweetened condensed milk (Not evaporated milk!! I like La Lechera, Magnolia or Eagle Brand)

1 cup whole milk

1 cup whipping cream

Directions

Follow the boxed cake mix directions, but add the 2 teaspoons of vanilla to the cake mix. Bake in a 13×9 inch pan following the cake mix instructions.

Once baked, cool the cake.

Combine the condensed milk (not evaporated), whole milk and whipping cream together until smooth.

With a fork, poke some holes into the top of the cooled cake in the pan. Do not remove the cake from the pan.

Slowly pour the three milk mixture over the cake, letting it soak in. You may have to repeat this step several times until the cake is soaked in.

Cover the cake and let sit overnight to really let it soak in. Before serving, top with whipped cream and cherries!

That’s it? Easy right? I hope you try it and out enjoy this super easy Tres Leches cake recipe.

Want to be daring and mix things up a little? Try adding Frangelico (hazelnut flavor), Amaretto (Almond) or an orange liqueur to the milk mixture for a little but of pop!

Have a great weekend!

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Blueberry Walnut Pancakes #FoodieFriday & a Guest Blog

It’s Friday! Let’s get the party started with two two two things today!

First, please take a moment to visit with me at Houston Havens blog where I’m going to have a little something for you about my latest release, Just One Night.

Please take a moment to leave a comment there about whether or not you like military heroes like Jase.

Speaking of Jase, today’s #FoodieFriday is in his honor. At the end of Just One Night, Jase, Nickie and their families are having a goodbye breakfast for Jase. Since it’s a special meal, Jase gets his favorite for breakfast – Blueberry Walnut Pancakes.

Now, I have to confess: When it comes to pancakes, it’s a boxed mix for me and then I just improvise by adding other ingredients. In this case, about a cup of blueberries and half a cup of chopped walnuts.

If you want to be adventurous and totally make them from scratch, check out all these recipes at Yummly!
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