Health Advice



Staying Healthy in 2022

Charlyn Fargo on

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

4 cups broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets (or frozen broccoli florets, cooked)

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (optional)

1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley (optional)

2 teaspoons butter, melted (optional)


Preheat oven to 375 F. In a medium to large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add pasta and stir. Cook pasta until soft but with a little crunch (about 2 minutes less than recommended cooking time). Strain the pasta and leave in strainer. In the same saucepan, add the milk, cream cheese, cheddar cheese and salt, stirring constantly. Heat until the cream cheese melts and mixes in. Return the drained pasta to the saucepan. Mix thoroughly and add the broccoli. Transfer the macaroni mixture to a casserole dish. For a crunchy crust on top, sprinkle with the optional mixture of panko, parsley and butter. Place the casserole dish in oven and bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven and serve. Serves 6 (serving size: 1 cup).

Per serving: 260 calories; 12 grams protein; 29 grams carbohydrates; 11 grams fat (6 grams saturated); 3 grams fiber; 370 milligrams sodium.


Charlyn Fargo is a registered dietitian with SIU Med School in Springfield, Illinois. For comments or questions, contact her at or follow her on Twitter @NutritionRD. To find out more about Charlyn Fargo and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at




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