Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese

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Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese Fix Approved… could it get any better??? So I found this base recipe on the team beach body blog! Super excited because I love me some mac and cheese… well I have this amazing Pork Carnitas recipe totally fix approved….. here is the youtube link for it:

I simply made it without the salad on the side.

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Ok so here is the recipe! I am telling you ALL of my kids ate this… I WAS SHOCKED!!!! Seriously, it has peppers and onions and cheese and butternut squash… and they ate EVERY LAST BITE!

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Counts as 2 yellow 1/2 green and 1 blue

Total Time: 1 hr. 16 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: 61 min.
Yield: 10 servings, about 1½ cups each

Ingredients:
1 lb. dry whole wheat macaroni you could substitute cooked brown rice, but I have not worked out the measurements yet… it would make an amazing risotto!

1 tsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
4 cups cubed butternut squash
1¾ cups low-sodium organic chicken broth
1 cup unsweetened nutmilk
2 Tbsp. low-fat (1%) plain Greek yogurt
1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Sea salt and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup chopped fresh spinach

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
2. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

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3. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Do this while you are boiling your pasta!
4. Add onion and bell peppers; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 6 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Set aside.

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5. While the Peppers and onions are cooking and the pasta is boiling, Combine squash, broth, and milk in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; gently boil for 22 to 25 minutes, or until squash is tender.
6. Place squash mixture in a blender or food processor; cover with lid and kitchen towel. Blend until smooth.

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7. Combine squash mixture, macaroni, onion mixture, yogurt, and cheeses along with fresh chopped spinach. Season with salt and pepper if desired; mix well.
8. Place macaroni mixture in a 13 x 9-inch ceramic or glass baking dish that has been coated with spray. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until sauce is bubbling.
9. Garnish with parsley if desired.

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Tip: Blend small batches of hot liquids in blender or food processor since they expand during the blending process, therefore decreasing the chance of overflowing.

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