One benefit of doing a cleanse is that it makes you appreciate the food you used to eat without reservation. After doing the Ultimate Beach Body Detox cleanse, I really thought about what food or dish I wanted to have once the cleanse was over. After careful consideration, I knew I wanted some kind of cheesy pasta, but I didn’t want to go overboard with the cheese. So, I turned to Cooking Light and found this blush mac ‘n cheese with tomatoes dish.
The pasta was extremely rich and creamy, considering the roux only contained 1 tablespoon of flour as thickener. And, who knew you could get so much flavor from just a bit of shallots, garlic, 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, and only 4 ounces of reduced-fat cheddar? I went a step further in the health department by using organic soy milk instead of 1% milk. I couldn’t even tell a difference. This came together so easily and satisfied my three-week long craving for cheesy pasta. And, the best part is that I didn’t have to undo any benefits I received from the cleanse to enjoy it!
This recipe can be found in the April 2013 issue of Cooking Light or here.