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Protein Mac ‘n’ Cheese

It’s started to get cold here in the UK and when its cold all I want is a snuggly blanket and comfort food. To me there is nothing like a cheesy pasta bake and lets be honest, the type I’m talking about is all carbs and fat and a big no no when you’re trying to eat clean. I have a recipe here that’s a game changer; its under 500 calories and packs in a fantastic 56g of protein per portion, while still being rich and comforting.

The key to this recipe is clever substitutions. I swapped out the usual macaroni for Dr Zak’s Protein Pasta and the cheese for MyProtein Low Fat Protein Cheese. It’s a pretty simple recipe and quick to put together.

My recipe is for a simple creamy cheesy pasta bake (with a bit of chilli but its optional). You can add veggies or meat if you want, just mix them in at step 6. Of course this will effect the macros.


Tip: Eat as soon as its ready for gooey goodness.


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Macros per portion (recipe makes 3 portions).

Calories Protein Carbs Fat Fibre
435 56g 24g 12g 1g

Ingredients

50g Unflavoured Whey Protein
1/2 tbs Coarse Ground Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
300ml Skimmed Milk
1 tbs olive oil
2.5g Cornflour
85g Low Fat Protein Cheese
170g (raw weight) Protein Pasta
3/4 tsp chilli flakes (optional)

Instructions

1
1. Cook the pasta in boiling water and set aside. I find with protein pasta that well done is nicer than al dente (my usual preference).
2
In a saucepan add all the dry ingredients EXCEPT the cheese and whisk together (this will make sure you don't get a lumpy sauce).
3
Add the olive oil and whisk.
4
Place the pan on a medium heat and while whisking gradually add the milk. Keep whisking until the sauce slowly thickens. You want it creamy/rich.
5
Take off the heat and whisk in 1/2 the cheese
6
Add the cooked pasta and mix through.
7
Transfer to a baking dish and cover with the remaining cheese.
8
Bake in a 180°C oven until the cheese is melted and gooey! Portion and serve!

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