So, funny story, I once ate a whole bag (a super-big-Costco-style whole bag) of walnuts one time.
Why?! I was trying to get more Omega-3, that’s why (I really did – and to this day am totally over the whole walnut thing – just the smell of them – oy)!
See, I’m not a fan of anything that lives in the sea – on my plate. Blame it on the forcing us to eat fish as a child (you know, the whole “couldn’t leave the table until your plate was clean” thing), & holding my nose swallowing it. So so so not a fan of seafood! Not shrimp, not crab, not lobster, not oysters…if it lives in the sea…it can stay there.
Oh, but I am a fan of cheeeeeeeeeeese….
Wait, I just got sidetracked by cheese – don’t you hate it when that happens?!
Back to seafood.
So, what does seafood have to do with this delish, and semi-healthy, mac and cheese dish?!
Well, I’ll tell ya what…
ummm that’s what! Look at all the Omega-3!
So, why am I so interested in Omega-3? Well, it all started during my pregnancy with V, since I was not a seafood fan, I was looking to supplement my diet with Omega-3, some-way some-how (it’s said to be super important for visual and neurological development in the fetus, especially during the brain development stage). With V, I took huge fish oil pills daily – yuck – there has got to be a better way I thought. Hence, the walnuts. Oh, the walnuts lol. During my pregnancy with T, is when I ate that whole bag of yummy walnuts. So, why now? Nope, not pregnant! I just think at this point in my life I really need to start taking care of myself a lot better. Therefore my lack of seafood in my diet has brought me on a constant search for products that are significantly higher in Omega-3, like this Barilla Better for You PLUS pasta.
Well, there you go – this awesome super pasta by Barilla, called Barilla Plus, is part of the Barilla Better for You pasta. In the line of the Barilla Better for You pasta are, Whole Grain, Veggie (which I already give to V&T – they love the Veggie Farfalle aka carrot & squash butterflies), White Fiber, and PLUS! The Barilla Better for You PLUS is an amazing source of Protein, Fiber & Omega-3, and it is my new go-to pasta! There I said it – no more giant bags of walnuts – whew!
And this pasta is soooo easy to find…I just popped into my local Giant grocery store and voilà there it was, right on the shelf in the pasta aisle!
So, this is as homemade as you can get for mac and cheese, and semi-healthy (well, let’s be real – monstrous amounts of cheese can’t be really defined as that healthy), but it’s better for you mac and cheese. You won’t find any packaged cheese sauce mix here – it’s all fresh – including the homemade breadcrumbs – YUM!
So, let’s see, lots of cheese, plus lots of Omega-3 pasta, equals COMPLETE PERFECTION…oh & this delectable, homemade mac and cheese creation too ;)
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