High Protein Macaroni & Cheese

High Protein Macaroni and Cheese

I’m going to paint you picture here. It’s been gloomy for days. Gray skies, strong winds, rain falling sideways. You’ve been hit with relentless storms and according to the forecast, you’re not catching a break for a while. All you want to do is curl up into a ball and read, watch some TV, take a nap, or snack.

But it’s the new year and you’re supposed to be sticking with your new diet and fitness plan.

BUT when the weather is like this, you just want some damn comfort food. 

What do you do? Dilemma, right? 

I think most of us have been in this situation. You’re really craving something hearty, delicious, and kinda bad, even though you’ve told yourself time and time again that you need to stick to a healthy diet. You don’t want to derail everything you’ve been working toward. 

Well, I’m here to tell you that there’s a compromise. At least when it comes to macaroni and cheese. 

This macaroni and cheese recipe packs on the protein without losing any flavor. How much? I’m talking 24g of protein per serving, and this recipe makes 4 servings. If you want to truly make a filling meal out of it, eat two portions…although I don’t recommend this as it really isn’t that healthy for you. It’s really just good as a side with some light, creamy soup and a salad. 

Tweak the recipe and make it your own by adding bacon, different cheeses, breadcrumbs, jalapeños…the list goes on and on. Think of this recipe here as a starting point for what you can do to really make your tastebuds sing and keep your waistline intact. 

I will also note, my recipe was is a bit of a lazy-girl version. Get a food processor or blender in here, and maybe add a little flour to create a roux and get a really smooth cheese sauce.

Without further ado, here’s the recipe:  
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High Protein Macaroni and Cheese
High Protein Macaroni and Cheese
High Protein Macaroni and Cheese

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Spicy Maple Bacon Popcorn

Spicy Maple Bacon Popcorn Recipe

It’s funny to think how just a few weeks ago in December, we were all stuffing ourselves with homemade treats and extra helpings of our favorite home-cooked meals. Then on January 2nd, we said no thanks to sugar and carbs and said hello to vegetables, juice cleanses, and the gym?

It’s mid-January now (holy crap, btw), and generally, this is about when our fitness and health goals fall to the wayside and our “unhealthy habits” slowly (or even quickly, who are we kidding) creep back.

Now that some of us have equalized into normal mode, here’s an indulgent, homemade take on a healthy snack. Since all those health magazines constantly talk about how plain popcorn is a healthy snack, let’s turn our bland healthy snack into something full of flavor.

This Spicy Maple Bacon Popcorn brings in the best of sweet and savory, salty and spicy. There isn’t any single flavor that is stronger than the other, making it well-balanced. Unlike other recipes I’ve tasted where some flavors are faint, you can really taste the flavor of the bacon, the maple, the pepper, and the salt.

Making this popcorn takes a little more effort than popping a bag of popcorn into the microwave, but I promise that it is well worth it. Plus, this recipe makes a big batch that you can take to a party (like say a Super Bowl party) or for a movie night.

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Spicy Maple Bacon Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 slices uncooked bacon
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • cayenne pepper, to taste
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized pot over medium-low heat, pour in the popcorn kernels and olive oil. Cover with lid slightly ajar. Let the popcorn pop! Shake the pot a little from time to time to keep the popcorn moving. Move popped kernels to a mixing bowl.
  2. In a medium-sized frying pan, fry 3 slices of bacon. Once cooked, set the bacon aside on a paper towel to absorb extra fat. Then, crumble into small pieces.
  3. In a small saucepan, pour in the fat from the bacon, the maple syrup, and butter. Stir to combine. When just combined, add in some of the bacon pieces.
  4. Pour the maple-butter mixture and bacon bits on over the popcorn and use a large spoon to evenly coat the popcorn.
  5. Add cayenne pepper and salt to taste.
  6. Serve immediately for freshness. However, the popcorn is still fine and tastes great even after a few hours.
  7. Store in an airtight container.
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Spicy Maple Bacon Popcorn Recipe

Recipe Roundup: 5 Delectable Cookies To Bake ASAP

Instead of making plain ole chocolate chip cookies, gingerbread cookies, or sugar cookies for the holidays, step up your cookie game and try out one of these delicious recipes. Everyone will love you for it.

Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – These cookies might be fall-inspired, but they are delicious year-round. Using canned pumpkin, this recipe comes together very quickly. Plus, you can boast to everyone these cookies are arguably healthier than some of the other butter-heavy options out there and therefore it’s okay to eat a lot of them.

Nutella Oreo Cookies

Nutella + Oreo Cookies –  A combination of two amazing sweet things, Nutella and Oreos, these cookies do not disappoint.

Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Cream Cookies

Chocolate Chunk Cookies & Cream Cookies – Inspired by chocolate chip cookies, these cookies take things to the next level by using chocolate chunks (my preference of chocolate chips) and Oreo cookies. Yeah, let’s just add crushed cookies to these cookies. Totally delicious.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies – Browning the butter for these chocolate chip cookies is totally worth the time and effort. It creates a deeper, nuttier flavor for these cookies that resemble bakery cookies.

Cocoa Sea Salt Brown Butter Cookies (Inspired by the Brown Butter Cookie Company)

Cocoa Sea Salt Brown Butter Cookies  – Probably one of my all-time favorite cookies, these are a little more time-consuming and not for a beginner baker to take on, these cookies just melt in your mouth. The sea salt brings out the sweetness of the sugar and the flavor of the cocoa and it’s altogether an amazing experience for your tastebuds.

There you have it! Happy baking!

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