Tex Mex Mac ‘N’ Cheese

This was such a quick and easy meal. It was very flavorful and spicy. I made it with ground beef but you could use ground turkey if you wanted. I added pinto beans to mine for the extra protein and fiber. I don’t eat onion so I left that out.

-12oz Ground Beef
-4oz dried whole wheat elbow macaroni
-1 cup chopped onion
-1 small green bell pepper (about 1 cup)
-1 tablespoon chili powder
-3 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
-1 teaspoon dried oregano
-1/8 teaspoon cayenne
-1/8 teaspoon salt
-1/3 cup salsa
-2 tablespoons no-salt added tomato paste
-3/4 cup fat-free evaporated milk
-1/2 cup shredded low-fat sharp cheddar cheese
-2 medium green onions, sliced (optional)

1.Prepare the pasta using the package directions, omitting the salt and oil. Drain well and sit aside.
2.In a large nonstick skillet, stire together the beef, onion, bell pepper, chili powder, garlic, oregano, cayenne, and salt. Cook over medium-high heat for 8 minutes, or until the beef is browned and the onion and bell pepper are soft.
3.Stir in the tomato paste. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat.
4.Stir in the evaporated milk and cheddar.
5. Stir in pasta. Cook over medium heat for about 4 minutes, or until heated through. Serve topped with the green onions.
-Adapted From Healthy Family Meals

Serves 4. 1 1/4C per serving
Calories 308, Fat 6grams, Sat Fat 2.5grams, Cholesterol 52mg

*You could also top with low fat sour cream, cilantro, salsa, or more cheese.