chili mac

if you eat really clean all day and save your fat calories up for this dinner then it definitely qualifies as nutritious.  i think.

the kids in this house gobbled it up.  so did the man and the woman.

super good taste and super simple to make. 

to "healthify" just a little, i substituted vegetable oil for olive oil, ground beef for laura's lean ground sirloin, whole wheat shell pasta for regular elbow macaroni and regular tomato sauce with the "no salt added" version.  perfectly delicious.

chili mac
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb ground beef or turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 cups water
2 - 8oz cans salt free tomato sauce
2 cups whole wheat noodles, elbow or shell 
8 oz sharp cheddar, shredded

heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  add onion, chili powder, cumin and salt and saute until softened, about 5-7 minutes.   

add brown sugar and meat.  saute until meat is no longer pink.

stir in water, tomato sauce and noodles.  bring to a boil over medium high heat and then cover until noodles are cooked adjusting heat as necessary to maintain vigorous simmer and stirring frequently to avoid noodles sticking to the bottom of the pan.  (10-12 minutes)

turn heat off and stir in 1/2 of the cheese until melted.  top with remaining 1/2 of the cheese and cover for an additional 2 minutes until melted.

yields 6 servings

Nutrition Facts
chili mac
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat17.7g
      Saturated Fat8.4g
      Trans Fat0g
      Dietary Fiber4.2g
Vitamin A 24%Vitamin C 11%
Calcium    29%Iron 34%

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