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$0.53 per serving
Ready in 50 minutes
Spoonacular Score: 74%
Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Baked Penne is a main course that serves 6. Watching your figure? This vegetarian recipe has 428 calories, 14g of protein, and 13g of fat per serving. For 47 cents per serving, this recipe covers 14% of your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. 5657 people were glad they tried this recipe. Head to the store and pick up bread, milk, salt, and a few other things to make it today. To use up the salt you could follow this main course with the Individual Grape and Vin Santo Cakes as a dessert. Taking all factors into account, this recipe earns a spoonacular score of 68%, which is good. Jalapeno Popper Cheesy Breadsticks, Cheesy jalapeño popper potato skins, and Jalapeno Popper Cheesy Garlic Bread are very similar to this recipe.
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If you can, choose grassfed butter for a better nutritional profile—more vitamins, a favorable omega 3/6 ratio, etc.
Studies have shown people who drink full fat milk are thinner than those who drink low-fat or fat-free milk instead. Keep that in mind before you decide to swap. If you want to go dairy free, however, you can replace milk with unsweetened soy milk in most recipes.
You can easily swap half of the white flour in most recipes for whole wheat flour to add some fiber and protein. It does result in a heavier dough, so for cookies, cakes, etc., you might try swapping in whole wheat pastry flour.
You can easily replace regular noodles with whole wheat noodles to add a little extra fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals to this dish. Just don't make the mistake of assuming that because the pasta is whole wheat, you can eat as much as you want. The calories and the effect on your blood sugar is not so drastically different!
Most dairy products stay good well past their sell-by date. Instead of throwing out perfectly safe food that is just a few days or maybe even a week or two old, make sure the product smells fine, has a normal texture, and doesn't taste funny. Sniff testing isn't exactly rocket science and it can keep you from wasting food (and money).
Butter's incredible flavor has made it an extremely popular cooking fat, but it is important to know that butter has the lowest smoke point of almost any cooking fat. This means butter literally starts to smoke at a lower temperature than most other fats between 250-350 degrees Fahrenheit. So while butter is great for cooking at lower temperatures, you should probably use canola oil, coconut oil, or another oil with a higher smoke point for frying and other high temperature cooking.
The best method for cooking pasta is pretty controversial, but most sources seem to reach a consensus. Check out our lesson on how to cook pasta in the academy.
To avoid antibiotics, hormones, and other nasties in your milk, choose organic whenever possible. If you can't afford organic, look for milk labeled hormone and antibiotic free. It is often less expensive.