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Easy summer pasta recipe: Roasted Tomato Mac n Cheese

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Our third and ever popular meal for you to make this summer! Make it and impress your  friends, they’ll never know how quick this easy summer pasta recipe is!




Ingredients you will need:

Cooking spray
5 plum tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices (about 16 slices)
2 tablespoons brown rice flour or all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter, softened
4 cups unsalted Knorr chicken stock
3 cups 1% low-fat milk, divided
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
18 ounces whole-grain pasta shells
9 ounces reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 1/2 cups)
2.5 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated and divided (about 10 tablespoons)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Remove top oven rack, and cover with foil; lightly coat with cooking spray. Preheat broiler to high. Arrange tomato slices on prepared rack; lightly coat with cooking spray. Broil 8 to 10 minutes or until tomatoes are lightly browned. Transfer tomatoes to a plate; set aside. Combine flour and butter in a bowl until a paste forms. Place a large high-sided sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add Knorr stock, 2 cups milk, salt, and mustard, stirring with a whisk. Add pasta to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 12 minutes or until pasta is done, stirring frequently. Stir in remaining 1 cup milk ; cook 2 minutes. Add butter-flour paste, in pieces, stirring constantly to blend and thicken. Remove from heat; stir in cheddar, 6 tablespoons Parmesan, and pepper. Arrange broiled tomato slices on top of pasta. Sprinkle with remaining 4 tablespoons Parmesan. Broil 2 minutes or until cheese begins to brown.

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Lazy girl’s guide to eating healthier

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When it comes to eating healthy, many of us are plain lazy. There are no words to describe it. It’s like you want to improve your health but you don’t necessarily want to put in the hard work that’s required. The good news is, eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. Just swap your everyday junk food for these delicious, guilt-free superfoods, and get a step closer to living a healthier lifestyle.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is a natural energy booster packed with antioxidants and rich, authentic taste. Make sure you pick up the least processed one with a teeny tiny bit of sugar (75% or more if you’re not weak at heart!). The more processed and sugary the chocolate, the unhealthier it is.

Chia Seeds

Did you know “Chia” is an ancient Mayan word for ‘strength’? Need we say more? This superfood is packed with the goodness of Fiber, Protein, Fat, Calcium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), and Vitamin B2. Trust this bubbly little superfood to give you an instant hit of energy when added to your fruit bowl or cereal.

Bananas

Bananas are a great pick-me-up superfood to snack on after a long exhausting day. Chug a glass of banana milkshake in the evening, or mix it with some cereal and milk, for an instant energy boost. It’s quick, easy to make, and full of rich nutrients that help you refresh! 

Got more super food ideas? Share them with us in the comments below!

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Matcha Tea – New Fad or Superfood?

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Dubbed the elixir of longevity, Matcha tea is what makes the Okinawans live to be 100 (yes, Okinawa, Japan has the most number of living centenarians). Although it has been around for more than eight centuries, this grassy green tea has become a staple on every fitness enthusiast’s Instagram visual feed much recently.

Before you decide on whether you should jump the Matcha Tea bandwagon (or not), let’s give you a lowdown of all the incredible health benefits this antioxidant powerhouse has to offer.

Weight Loss

If you’re weight watching, Matcha Tea can help you burn those calories four times faster than your basic brew. It improves the metabolism and helps burn fat – sans the terrible side effects of synthetic health supplements and detox drinks.

Detox

Matcha Tea gets its brilliant green color due to the high chlorophyll content that is great for detoxing. Just one cup of Matcha Tea every day helps you get rid of harmful chemical toxins and free radicals (but don’t overdo it).

Rich in Antioxidants

Matcha Tea is also rich in skin-loving and cancer-fighting antioxidants called polyphenols and catechins that boost immunity and give skin a youthful appearance.

Boosts Concentration

If Monday blues really get to you, start your day with a cup of warm Matcha Tea. Certain antioxidants present in this tea help boost concentration and improve memory.

Strengthens the Immune System

In addition to all the amazing health benefits Matcha Tea has to offer, it is packed with the goodness of vitamins A & C, protein, calcium, iron, and potassium that promote overall health.

Fancy a cuppa?

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