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Survivor/During Treatment |529 calories per serving|20 minute recipe

Avocado Macaroni and Cheese

This content was last updated on May 4, 2020

Rich and creamy, this take on classic macaroni and cheese is a treat. Rich in heart healthy fat from the avocado, it also contains protein and fiber making it indulgent yet nutritious. It is also high in calories, perfect for cancer patients who need to gain weight. A lightened version can be prepared using skim or almond milk in place of the whole milk and reduced amounts of butter and cheese. For added color and fiber, top with colorful steamed broccoli or your favorite vegetable.

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Ingredients

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  • 16 oz. pasta
  • 2 avocados, pitted and mashed
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups white cheddar, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Gruyère cheese, shredded
Makes 8 servings. Per serving: 529 calories, 30 g total fat (15 g saturated fat), 71 mg cholesterol, 47 g carbohydrates, 22 g protein, 9 g dietary fiber.

Directions

  1. Cook macaroni per package directions.
  2. Combine avocado, lime juice, salt and garlic in food processor. Process until smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  4. Whisk in flour and cook for 1-2 minutes to make a roux.
  5. Gradually add milk to roux, whisking as you add. Cook on stovetop for 5-7 minutes, whisking regularly until roux thickens.
  6. Add avocado mixture to milk mixture while on stovetop and continue to cook for additional 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in shredded cheese.
  8. Once pasta is cooked, drain and add to cheese sauce.

Notes

Recipe in partnership with Cancer Support Community.

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