Macaroni Cheese – Low Syn (1.5 / portion)
Planning Slimming World friendly meals can be a little bit of a challenge sometimes. I like to try something new quite often. Working from home, finding something that can go in the slow cooker is a bonus too. I quite fancied a Macaroni Cheese for a naughty treat. The Syns with the flour in the traditional recipe put me off though.
Luckily, I stumbled across this recipe. It’s one of those which sounds very wrong, containing carrots. I would encourage you to give it a chance though. The carrots are there to thicken up the sauce, they’re a speed veg. They’re totally hidden too, so you might even get some sneaked into the kids!
Being a slow cooker recipe, there’s only a small amount to clear up as well. Slightly more than a regular slow cooker meal though, as the carrots need to be boiled and blitzed. Still, only a pan, a blender and the slow cooker though.
The Syn value of 1.5 Syns in this Macaroni Cheese recipe comes from the milk that is used. Bear in mind that the cheese used here covers a Healthy Extra A portion for 4 people.
Macaroni Cheese – 1.5 Syns
- 650 g Carrots
- 160 g Grated Cheese
- 160 g Macaroni
- 250 ml Milk
- 400 ml Water (use the water from boiling the carrots)
- Salt & Pepper to season
Start off by peeling and slicing the carrots. Then, place into a pan of boiling water and boil until soft (around 20 minutes). When boiled, save 400ml of the carrot water for the Macaroni and drain the rest
Mix the carrots with the milk and 400ml boiling carrot water and blitz with a food processor / hand blender until smooth.
Add the Macaroni, cheese and creamy carrot mixture into a slow cooker. Season, stir and cook on low for 2 hours. Do NOT remove the lid from the slow cooker during the 2 hours.
Once cooked, give it a stir and add some more seasoning if required.