Mac and Cheese: The Healthy Way

The photo above is taken by me.

I would like to think that I love all pasta more than anyone else in the world, but I know that that’s not true. And as many of you probably know, pasta is not the healthiest thing a person can eat, but it’s so good that sometimes we can’t control us. It’s the perfect comfort food (or just a cheap way to eat). But just because some dishes are cheap, doesn’t mean that we need to eat it. I believe that our bodies are our temples and we should do our best to take care of them. Their the only bodies we’ll have, we better treat them right!

Tonight I stepped out of my comfort zone. Instead of having regular pasta that’s filled with carbs, I looked on SkinnyTaste’s online site and found this Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese recipe. When I first found this recipe, I was skeptical about it. I didn’t believe that vegetables could give me the same taste that pasta did. I mean, I’m naive, but not that naive.

When I first looked at this recipe, I thought that it would be easy and take little to no time to do. I was wrong. So, so wrong. I should also mention that I’m not a great cook either. Prepping for this dish took me a lot longer than I was originally expecting, making it seem inconvenient. I guess I should have known that it would take longer to make something fresh and from scratch rather than making something that is prepackaged and comes in a box. Instead of making mac and cheese in 12 minutes, I spent over an hour making this dish.

The questions I kept thinking throughout the time that I was making the cheese sauce and making squash strands was, “Is this really worth it?” and “Is it going to taste good?”

The answer…

For me, I personally didn’t think that it was worth it. As a person who is constantly trying to find healthy recipes, I thought that I would love this dish (as the recipe has been saved on my phone for months) but I didn’t.

I found out that I’m not a fan of the texture of squash. I was bummed to find this out because I was so excited to try this recipe. I did love the first few bites of the dish, though I think the richness of the cheese became too much for me with each bite that I took.

In conclusion, I believe that if you like squash and don’t mind the strong and rich taste of cheese then this recipe will be for you.

Although I didn’t like this recipe, I’m glad that I tried it because I’m learning more about what I do and do not like to eat. I’ll never know which foods work for me if I never try. Not every recipe will be a keeper for everyone, but it’s up to you to see if this one is one that you like.

Until next weeks recipe…

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