Macaroni and Cheese Soup and Chili Cheese Fries?

For whatever reason, yesterday turned into comfort food day!   I started out the day with a baked burrito, for lack of a better word.  I threw out the original recipe, so I can’t give proper credit, but here was my take on it!

  • 1 low carb tortilla (mine was 110 calories and 11 fiber!)
  • 1/4 cup black beans
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup egg beaters
  • 1/2 ounce Cabot’s hot habenero cheese (which is quickly becoming my favorite cheese!)

Heat oven to 350.  Put your tortilla in an oven safe dish:

Add the black beans and spinach, and pour egg beaters over top, topping it with the shredded cheese.

Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes, until the eggs are set.   Be sure to spray your bowl with Pam so it comes out easily after cooking.  The result?

Delicious!  The top of the tortilla was crisp and crunchy, the bottom was chewy and the filling was tender.  Again, the possibilities of what to put inside are endless! 😀  This baked in the oven while I did my 30 minute beginner AM yoga yesterday morning!

with 1/2 cup Chobani honey yogurt and apple, breakfast comes in at 415 calories, 53 carbs, 33 protein, 7 fat and 5.8 fiber! 😀

I have to tell you, that I am loving doing yoga in the morning.  For one thing, it just stretches you out, but you are actually using your core muscles to do the moves – and I am finally catching on to the lingo, i.e. downward dog, child’s pose! 😀

Does anyone get Cuisine at Home Magazine?  The June issue had a recipe for macaroni and cheese soup that looked delicious!  Only one problem – one cup was 475 calories and 28 grams of fat!  I decided to tweak the recipe and came up with this one:

Biz’s Macaroni and Cheese Soup (printer friendly version here)

Ingredients

1 cup whole wheat macaroni
1/4 cup celery
1 tablespoon butter
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups skim milk
3 cups reduced fat cheddar cheese (2 ½ cups Cabot 75% reduced fat cheddar and ½ cup Cabot hot habanero cheddar cheese)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

chopped cooked broccoli (optional)

Directions

  1. Cook macaroni according to package. In large saucepan, melt butter and saute celery until soft, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Deglaze with wine and simmer until nearly evaporated. Stir in broth, mustard, nutmeg, and cayenne. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes, then whisk in milk and warm though. Do not let the boil.
  3. Add cheddar – 1 cup at a time, allowing to melt completely. Stir in cooked macaroni, lemon juice and salt to taste.

I used these noodles:

Once the butter and flour cooked for a minute – I added 1/2 cup of pinot grigio to make the roux.

It made a wonderful thick base for the soup!

I brought some to my co-workers and they both thought – is there beer in here?  But the wine gives it just a little extra flavor!  I had some cooked broccoli and decided to add it at the end.

On the side I had 3 oz. of chicken breast sprinkled with Frank’s Hot Sauce and celery and carrots on the side – dipped in Frank’s hot sauce and 1 tablespoon fat free ranch (no picture of the ranch though, but it was spicy good!)

527 calories, 47 carbs, 44 protein, 18.6 fat and 5.9 fiber

I had my new standard afternoon snack – 1 ounce unsalted almonds, which I am still trying to get used to eating without being smoked and salted!

161 calories, 6.1 carbs, 5.9 protein, 13.8 fat and 3.4 fiber

I had defrosted ground sirloin for burgers, but then I did a complete 180 and decided to make my Cincinnati Chili!  You can find a printable version of my original recipe here, but I made a couple changes last night – I used only 1/2 cup ground sirloin and 1/2 pound cooked ground chicken at the end, and I added beans!  I know, I know, there aren’t supposed to be beans in Cincinnati chili – but what can I say?  I like beans!

What I like most about this recipe is that it is ready to eat in 30 minutes – most chilis take hours!  And while the chili was simmering, I thought – CHILI CHEESE FRIES! I cut one potato and parboiled for about 10 minutes.  You don’t want to cook them too long, otherwise they’ll fall apart in the fryer.

make sure to drain and pat the potatoes dry before adding to the fryer

The base of my plate:  3 oz. fries (I add 3 ounce potato + 1 tsp. vegetable oil to get the calories)

The topping:  1/2 ounce hot habanero cheese!

Topped with 1 cup of the chili!  It was so good!

Dinner comes in at: 512 calories, 37 carbs, 38 protein, 24 fat and 5.2 fiber

Stats for Tuesday:

  • 30 minute AM Yoga
  • 45 minute walk at lunch – did you know yesterday was National Walk During Lunch Day?
  • 1,615 calories, 142 carbs, 121 protein, 64 fat and 30 fiber

I can’t believe today is Thursday already!  Hope everyone makes it a good one! 😀

29 thoughts on “Macaroni and Cheese Soup and Chili Cheese Fries?

  1. I love adding white wine to my roux’s, too! It’s a common occurence in our house, after a few swigs from the bottle of course. 🙂

  2. I do get the Cuisine at Home magazine! My best friend used to work there (they are heaquartered in Des Moines) and she got me the subscription! Yeah, that mac and cheese soup looks delicious!

  3. The hot habanaro cheese sounds good!! The chili cheese fries sound absolutely delicious! I’m making chili today too, but your chili sounds really good, I’d put beans in there too.

    I’m curious though, when you entered the fries, you said only 1 tsp. of oil? Isn’t there much more than a tsp. on the fries? I’ve never known really how much to put, it seems like there would be more though.

    • Here’s the thing – I use a deep fryer that regulates the temperature to a T. The outside always sears so there really is no absorption of oil – the fries are not greasy, but it is fried food, that’s why I just add the teaspoon to my calorie count.

  4. I get Cuisine at Home too! Love that magazine and often revise the recipes to be a bit healthier. I haven’t looked at the one I got yesterday, which must be the one you got the soup from.

    I made a dinner version of your tortilla thing last night – same concept, topped with chicken and avocado and beans!

  5. I love that egg/tortilla idea! How brilliant and quick.

    Those chilli cheese fries look divine and are crying out to be had with a beer!

  6. Your blog makes me hungry ahah Baked burrito yum 🙂
    Have a good day!

  7. That burrito looks really good!

    And you are making a believer out of me with the yoga…what DVD are you using?

  8. omg totally love that it makes a bowl shape.. no need to dirty up dishes!!! and dinner looks fabulous- really oozy with yumminess.

    thats not bad nutritional stats for that meal btw.. and it looks pretty tasty.

    happy thurdsay love!

  9. We always do white wine roux! it’s so good!

  10. Thank you very much! You are a talented and creative chef.

  11. Loving the idea of mac’n’cheese soup!

  12. Cheese, sheese, every where – I heart this post!!!!!

  13. it’s great that you are getting hooked on the yoga. what a great way to start your day – body, mind and spirit!

  14. Delicious with a capital ‘D.’ You never fail me. I’m officially drooling over the chili! and what an inventive breakfast! I never would have thought of something so decadent and tasty! Endless creativity with you!

  15. Oh my gosh…whoever thought of mac n’cheese soup is a genius! That looks amazing.

    I am in love with yoga, too. I do it in the evenings, but I might try it in the morning – I can’t think of a more peaceful way to start my day. 🙂

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  16. That breakfast looks like something I would totally dig! I will have to try it out, looks great and pretty easy too!! 🙂

    I agree, yoga is awesome!! 🙂

  17. That baked burrito looked yummy and those chili cheese fies looked sooooo goooodddddd!!!! Maybe I am just hungry, but they still looked good!

  18. I saved the recipe when you posted that breakfast one – I want to try it.

    Here is the link that you posted with your menu if that helps.

    http://naturallyella.com/2010/04/22/personal-tortilla-quiche/

    Your version looks delicious!

  19. Okay now I’m hungry again! That soup looks awesome. I picked up some of the cheddar habenero cheese and we will be trying it soon! Probably on pizzas tomorrow. Chili cheese fries OMG yum!

  20. Well heck yeah…that looks awesome!!

  21. thehealthyjunky

    The egg tortilla bake looks awesome! I am always so hungry after reading your blog!

  22. I love doing yoga in the morning, too! It’s surprising what a good workout it is!

  23. wow! those recipes look delicious 🙂

  24. That has got to be some hot cheese! Planted plenty of hot peppers in the garden today!

  25. oh my gawwwddd

    that wrap bowl with the eggs and beans sounds SO delicious!! i love this! totally making it…maybe for lunch today!

  26. everything looks so delish! i’ve missed your posts!

  27. Oh wow, what a yummy breakfast – I’ve got to get my hands on some of that hot habenero cheese!

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