Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli, Avocado, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Posted by Olivia on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli, Avocado, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This semi-homemade recipe is perfect for work nights when you’ve got lots to get done yet still need a wholesome meal. We’ve taken regular old macaroni and cheese and added lots of colorful vegetables to the mix to make it not only tastier, but more substantial as a full meal.

Inside the dish is steamed broccoli, which is a classic combo with cheese, and fresh avocados, which add a wonderful buttery flavor. Also in the mix are sun-dried tomatoes, which add a naturally sweet flavor—perfect if you’ve got kids at the dinner table.

We subbed olive oil for the usual butter that’s called for when you make macaroni and cheese, and we finished it off with just a squeeze of lemon juice for zestiness.

Made with these products from The Olive Press:

Ingredients
  • 1 box macaroni and cheese (we used an all-natural variety)
  • Milk, as needed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 avocado, pitted, cubed
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, steamed
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Squeeze fresh lemon, optional

Directions
  1. Make macaroni and cheese according to package directions. Instead of adding butter to mixture, add olive oil. Add amount of milk called for by package directions, and mix until smooth.
  2. Gently stir in avocado, broccoli, and sun-dried tomatoes. Season to taste with pepper. For a slight lemon kick, add a squeeze of fresh lemon before serving.

Notes: Makes about 4 servings.
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