Hi everyone! SO, how silly is my post title? Ridiculous. Whatever, I’m ridiculous. However, as silly as the title is, it’s SUPER relevant! Why you ask? Either you actually did, or I am hearing voices …probably the latter — no, okay, the star of food post is: SWEET POTATO “MOCK AND CHEESE”!
Mock and cheese? Yes. I replaced the traditional macaroni in my version of this comfort food classic with sweet potato “noodles”. I know it is sort of “wrong” to say that I prefer this recipe to regular mac ‘n cheese, BUT it makes a very good substitute and packs a lot more nutrition. One serving of this dish contains loads of fiber, potassium, vitamin A and it slashes your calorie total by leaps and bounds!
“Sweet potato ‘noodles’? No, thanks!”
That would have been me, back in the day. Replacing pasta with anything was like, whoa!
However, if you know me (or read my blog) it is a fact that this girl LOVES sweet potatoes. I won’t blather on about it, but they are good for you and they are very delicious. When you cook sweet potato it takes on an array of different textures to work with, which makes it so versatile to use as a substitute in many dishes. Making sweet potato noodles is also a breeze. You don’t need a spiralizer or a VEGGETTI (which I love, don’t hate!) No, all you need is a veggie “PEELER”. That’s right, a peeler. I just whittled down my sweet potatoes with a regular ‘ol peeler and cut the strips down into shorter pieces (about the size of a gemelli pasta).
The recipe, please!
So, once you’ve prepared the “noodles”, and by all means you do not have to cut the peeled sweet potato down to a smaller size, you’re going to chop up some yellow onion and throw it all together in a large skillet.
- Preheat your oven to 375F — get this out of the way!
- Cook the sweet potato and onion for about 12-15 minutes on medium heat, covered until the texture is as “al dente” as a sweet potato can get.
- While you’re cooking your “noodles” prepare the cheese sauce. To make a simple, low fat/calorie cheese sauce mix 1/4 cup 1% milk with 5 teaspoons of flour thoroughly, while heating 1 cup of 1% milk in a sauce pan. Add the flour/milk mixture in with the heating milk and stir until thick. Remove from heat and add in 2/3 cup of reduced fat, shredded cheddar cheese (or any cheese you fancy) and add in 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika and cumin. Boom. Done.
- Once your noodles are ready, add them into a baking pan (add cooking spray/oil to avoid sticking!)
- Top with cheese mixture and mix thoroughly throughout the pan.
- Top with panko break crumbs and 2 tbsp of additional shredded cheese.
- Bake 20 minutes and EAT!
If you’re looking to try something new and look beyond pasta, I definitely recommend giving this dish a go! I am certain that kids will love it as well! Happy eating!