Spinach-Tomato Mac & Cheese + Oven-Fried Chicken,

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AC­TIVE: 30 min. TO­TAL: 45 min. 56g CARB

This old-school clas­sic gets a boost of nu­tri­tion and fla­vor from gar­licky spinach and toma­toes.

8 oz. el­bow mac­a­roni (about

1¾ cups)

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 cup finely chopped onion 4 cloves gar­lic, minced

¾ tsp. salt, di­vided

10 oz. baby spinach (about 14 cups) 1 cup grape toma­toes, halved 1 Tbsp. but­ter

1 Tbsp. all-pur­pose flour

½ tsp. ground pep­per

1/3 cup 1% milk

1/3 cup low-sodium veg­etable broth 1 cup shred­ded re­duced-fat

Ched­dar cheese, di­vided

1. Pre­heat oven to 350°F.

2. Cook mac­a­roni ac­cord­ing to pack­age di­rec­tions, omit­ting salt. Drain and set aside.

3. Mean­while, heat oil in a large skil­let over medium-high heat. Add onion, gar­lic, and ¼ tsp salt; cook, stir­ring of­ten, un­til the onion is ten­der, 3 to 4 min­utes. Grad­u­ally add spinach, stir­ring un­til wilted and adding 1 Tbsp. wa­ter at a time, if needed. Trans­fer the mix­ture to a large bowl.

4. Add toma­toes to the skil­let and cook over medium-high heat un­til they be­gin to soften, about 1 minute. Trans­fer to the bowl with the spinach mix­ture.

5. Re­duce heat to medium and add but­ter to the pan. When the but­ter has melted, whisk in flour, pep­per, and the re­main­ing ½ tsp. salt. Cook, whisk­ing con­stantly, for 2 min­utes. Grad­u­ally whisk in milk and broth. Cook, whisk­ing, un­til thick­ened and bub­bly, 1 to 2 min­utes. Grad­u­ally whisk in ¾ cup cheese un­til melted.

6. Add the mac­a­roni and sauce to the bowl with the spinach mix­ture; mix well. Trans­fer to an 11x7-inch bak­ing dish and sprin­kle with the re­main­ing ¼ cup cheese.

7. Bake un­til the cheese is melted, 10 to 15 min­utes.

SERVES 4: about 1½ cups each

CAL 407, CARB 56g (fiber 5g, sug­ars 6g), FAT 13g (sat. fat 6g), PRO­TEIN 18g, CHOL 24mg, SODIUM 725mg, POTASSIUM 134mg.

how we Reimag­ined

We started with nu­tri­tious in­gre­di­ents, trimmed sat­u­rated fats, and snuck in more veg­eta­bles

ev­ery­where we could.

Spinach-Tomato Mac­a­roni & Cheese

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