Today’s dish is fire! Add a little kick to your comfort food with our Buffalo Chicken Mac and Farmer Cheese recipe. Adding Buffalo chicken to mac and cheese gives this cozy comfort food a little extra protein and just the right amount of heat. The Lifeway Farmer Cheese elevates it even further, infusing it with probiotics and making the entire meal rich and creamy.
Cultured Dairy: The Nutrition Benefits You Actually Need to Know
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Several studies have shown a strong association between the gut-brain-microbiota. Probiotics introduced to the gut have been found to support immunity, improve allergies, and improve digestion.
Studies have shown that reduced diversity of healthy gut bacteria during early years is associated with an increase in food allergies during school-age years. In addition, kefir made from whole milk helps absorb key nutrients such as Vitamins A, D, E, and K. Vitamin K is important because it helps your bones absorb calcium. It’s important to know that kefir contains a special trio: vitamin D, K, and calcium – all three crucial elements to support bone health. Lifeway Farmer Cheese is a reduced-fat, low-calorie cultured soft cheese made with our Old World recipe. With its distinctive, tangy flavor, it adds richness to all of your favorite dishes. Packed with probiotics, it’s nutritious and delicious.
Prebiotics + Probiotics = A Healthier You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of fiber-rich plant foods. Your body actually can’t digest prebiotics, so they’re what probiotics feed off of to remain actively working in your digestive system. They help the digestive system by promoting the growth of good bacteria. Prebiotics and probiotics work together in balance to make sure our digestive system stays on track and regular. Research has found that consuming a variety of prebiotic and probiotic food sources may improve your body’s natural functions, including both your immune and digestive systems.Prep Time: 2 hrs Servings: 6-8
- 1 chicken breast, sous vide
- 8oz. gluten-free cavatappi pasta noodles (or macaroni)
- 4 tbsp. butter
- 1 cup onion
- 1 cup carrot
- 1 cup celery
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 2 tsp. ground mustard
- 1 tbsp. paprika
- 4 tbsp. gluten free flour
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups Farmer Cheese
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 1/2 cups buffalo hot sauce
- Butterfly chicken breast and add it to a pressure cooker bag (a sealed ziplock bag will work) along with 1 cup buffalo hot sauce. Seal and sous vid for 2 hours.
- Once the chicken is close to done cooking, cook pasta according to package instructions.
- In a large cast iron skillet, sear the chicken, and add in the hot sauce from the bag flip the chicken while the skillet is hot and the buffalo sauce is boiling. Once the chicken is coated and most of the sauce has evaporated, remove the chicken and set aside.
- In the same skillet, add in chopped onion, carrots, and celery, and cook until tender.
- Add in garlic, paprika, mustard, and flour. Cook for two minutes.
- Add in heavy cream and simmer for 3-5 minutes. Add in the cooked and drained pasta, 1/2 cup hot sauce (or more according to taste) and mix together.
- In a separate bowl, mix together farmer cheese, chopped basil and parsley.
- Add drops of Lifeway farmer cheese on top of the pasta, but do not mix. Broil on high for 3-5 minutes, or until cheese has slightly browned. Serve warm and enjoy!