I am on the quest to perfect a low fat mac & cheese recipe. Kids love it and if its low enough in fat (but tasty!) even adults will indulge. So, it makes a great go-to item for mixed age dinners. Personally, I love Martha Stewart's full fat version. I had a few bites of it at a party and it was delicious. I just can't get into the habit of making something with that much butter and full-fat cheese. So, I tried to make a modified version of it with a mix of low-fat cheese, 2% milk, a little bit of 0% greek yogurt and regular fat gouda and sharp cheddar. I also used olive oil rather than butter and substituted whole grain macaroni. Yes, I am that mother!!! Wire hangers are allowed (sometimes) but we will be having whole grain buckwheat pancakes for breakfast whether you like it or not!
The kids liked my mac and cheese but I felt it was too bland. I fixed it with truffle salt for the grownups but that was not the effect I was going for. I have also tried a Cooking Light version, which I think was better than my attempt, but I'm still willing to experiment. Basically, I am trying to hit the sweet spot between delicious cheesy goodness and a feeling that I am not serving my family a heart attack on a plate. I don't make pies or dessert for this reason. Its hard for me to see what goes into the really good ones! As a final consideration, I also care about the dairy being organic. Not all substitute products (evaporated milk, lowfat cheese) come in an organic or even non-rGBH option.
So, if you are a similarly obsessed mom with some tricks up her sleeve, please share! Thank you!