What if I told you that I could serve you a big ole bowl full of creamy, cheesy mac and cheese that was not only good for you but packed FULL of protein? And I'm not talking "high protein" where something says it's high protein and then you check out the nutrition facts on the back and it only has 10g in one serving (eye roll). I'm talking PACKED FULL of protein...like as much protein as you would have in a meal of grilled chicken and vegetables but instead of eating meat you just get to eat a bowl of this deliciousness?
Well my friends, today is the day I tell you that I can serve you a yummy dish of macaroni and cheese that has a whopping 44 grams of protein in one serving! The protein comes from a few places including greek yogurt, milk and cheese but I also have a secret weapon... CHICKPEA PASTA!!!!
I recently found out about the "Banza" brand of pasta (affiliate link) from a girlfriend of mine who also tracks macros and oh my gosh guys. THIS PASTA IS A GAME CHANGER!
I've tried both the shells and elbows so far and it is SO GOOD! It tastes exactly like regular pasta to me (think of a whole wheat pasta taste) but it is made from chickpeas so it is packed FULL of protein. Plus, it's even gluten free!
Mac and cheese is my favorite food because obviously I am still 12 years old, but I have to eat so much protein for my diet plan that just sitting down with a big bowl of regular mac and cheese isn't really the best idea unless I want to be shoving egg whites in my mouth the rest of the day to get my protein in. But now, that's not an issue! The rest of the dish is pretty healthy for you as well: I used NO butter and the cheese sauce is made with only greek yogurt, skim milk, and reduced fat cheddar cheese!
So go on, I dare you. Embrace your inner 12 year old and whip up a batch of this mac and cheese and enjoy every little bite with no guilt!