Hungry Girl: Add More Fiber to Your Day with This Simple Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of twelve books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

If you’ve been making boxed macaroni and cheese just because it’s easy, there’s a better way! This simple recipe serves up great flavor, plus a much bigger serving size and extra fiber, thanks to the whole-wheat pasta and broccoli. Hungry Girl for the win.

Easy Mac ‘n Cheese
Serves 4

4½ oz. (about 2 cups) uncooked whole-wheat rotini pasta
24 oz. (about 6 cups) frozen Green Giant Broccoli & Cheese Sauce
3 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss cheese
Optional seasonings: salt and black pepper

1. In a large pot, prepare pasta according to package instructions.

2. Meanwhile, place broccoli and sauce in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave for 10 to 12 minutes, or until sauce has melted and broccoli is hot.

3. Add cooked/drained pasta and cheese wedges. Mix thoroughly.

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Active time: 5 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Nutritional Information: ¼th of recipe (1 heaping cup): 222 calories, 5.5g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 772mg sodium, 35g carbs, 6g fiber, 6g sugars, 8.5g protein

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!


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Your kid can order “I’m not hungry” and “What?” at this Maryland restaurant

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Sara McGinnis

posted in Parenting

Here’s what your child will receive if they order “I don’t know,” “I don’t care,” “I don’t want that,” or other variants of the same discontent at one restaurant in Maryland.

“I don’t know.” — Triple layer PB&J for $ 2.50
“I don’t care.” — Grilled peanut butter & banana sandwich for $ 3.50
“I’m not hungry.” — Basket of chicken tenders for $ 7.00
“I don’t want that.” — Kids fries for $ 3.50
“What?” — Cheese quesadilla for $ 4.50

On Reddit, where an image of the menu’s unusual offerings was shared, many parents are commiserating about the appropriateness of the names give to each selection — and adding more.

Requested options include additional dishes for “But I wanted to go to McDonalds,” “It’s not fair,” and “I want to go home!”

Might I suggest noddles with butter, a completely plain hamburger, and boxed mac and cheese?

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The thing is, I waitressed in a Denny’s-style restaurant for years when our kids were little. Not only have I heard it all, I empathized.

Of course it’d be great if all kids were always ready and willing to be more adventurous eaters, but sometimes (let’s be real here, most often) you’re not at a diner for the culinary experience. Everyone’s hot, tired and famished — and any food that’s guaranteed to get eaten is what you need ASAP.

Along the way I learned to pick up on a number of cues from parents. With as little as a widened eye or tilted head I’d take the cue they were silently begging me…

Can you please not rattle off the entire beverage list? Milk, juice, water and maybe Sprite will be just fine.

Please, for the love of all that is holy, make sure nothing is touching! This naturally would include offensive items, such as butter on a pancake, being restricted to a ramekin dish rather than melting and destroying nearby foods.

Plain! Completely plain! No lettuce, no tomato, no mustard, and there’s going to be a complete meltdown if that hamburger arrives with so much as a speck of “secret sauce” on the bun.

Can you make it hot, but not too hot? Please cook my child’s fries, grilled cheese, and the like so they’re done, but then magically make them cool enough to eat immediately.

All I can say is some requests were easier to fill than others. In the meantime, if you’ve got an overtired over-hungry picky eater, take heart knowing you aren’t the only parent out there putting in special requests with your server — or putting ice cubes on French fries to cool them down.

I thought it was the strangest thing the first time I saw it, but then it happened again and again. I suppose you do whatever it takes when there’s a hangry beast sharing your booth.

What would you add to this kid-coded menu? Do you make any special requests?

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