30 Minute Meal

Bacon Mac

Somehow, we got all screwed up. Flipping through the pages of a history book you will stumble across something that you might find odd. It used to be that the curvier a woman was, the more beautiful and desirable she was. If you take a walk through the art museum, you will see paintings after paintings of women with soft curves – and you would most likely want to call them “overweight” or “fat”. But these women were painted because they were the epitome of what was beautiful. You couldn’t see their ribs, and they sure as heck didn’t have a six-pack.

Why was this? Because these women were well-to-do. They came from families that had money. They could afford to eat well, and they could afford to eat the expensive food – things with sugar and butter. While the poor people were typically skinny – they couldn’t afford these lavish treats, and instead relied on what fresh meat and produce they could buy at markets.

Now, however, society has made a complete flip-flop. Now, the cheapest foods to be found come from a box or a drive-though window. Now, the rich and famous are the skinny ones. Their personal trainers and dietitians and personal chefs help, no doubt, but its the fact that they can actually afford to put fresh produce and meats on their table. The poor are now laden with diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol because the healthiest food for us, the organic, non-processed, “whole foods” are also the most expensive.
You now have to be rich to eat healthy. You can see it best at the grocery store. One red bell pepper costs $2.50. Just one. Or, you can walk a few aisles over to the frozen section and get a whole frozen meal for $2.50. And if you don’t care about brands you can probably find one cheaper than that. I find that really, really sad. How are you supposed to eat healthy, fresh foods, if you can’t afford to?

I’ll get off my soap box now and talk about this pasta. 🙂 This pasta is a delicious meal, especially if you are being conscious about what you are eating. Full of great ingredients, and deliciously creamy! Plus, there is bacon! How can you turn down a low-calorie cheesy pasta dish with bacon! (and yes, I know bacon is not healthy, but it tastes so good!)You can’t! And the best thing is you won’t break the bank fixing this meal, either!

Bacon Mac (Cooking Light)
Yield: 6 1-cup servings, at 11 Weight Watcher’s Points Plus per serving.

1/4 tsp salt, divided
12 ounces penne pasta
4 tsp flour
1 1/2 cups skim milk
2 cups finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1 tsp hot sauce
1/4 tsp pepper
2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
cooking spray

Preheat broiler.
Bring a large pot of water to boil; add pasta and cook for 8 minutes, or until al dente, and drian.
Combine flour and 1/2 cup of milk in a saucepan over medium-heat.
Gradually add 1 cup of milk, while stirring constantly.
Bring to a boil and continue to stir.
Cook one minute.
Remove from heat; let it stand 4 minutes.
Stir in 1 1/2 cups of cheese, 1/4 tsp salt, onions, hot sauce, pepper, and bacon.
Add pasta and toss.
Spoon into a 2 quart broiler safe dish coated with cooking spray.
Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.
Broil seven minutes.

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