Healthy Baked Mac n’ Cheese

Yup, it’s that time of year we are always saying how we want to eat healthier, work out more, become more organized, feel more centred… you know the usual stuff. When it comes to organizing and making healthier choices, I put together two posts for you:

Meal Planning 101: The Basics – The beginners guide to meal planning + A FREE PRINTABLE! (click for more details)

Then I followed up with:

Meal Prep Like A Boss! The best way to make your weeks easy and delicious + TWO FREE PRINTABLES. (click for more).

Well today I’m here to show you eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. It also doesn’t mean having to give up delicious comfort foods. And it’s not just me! I have some amazing Canadian food bloggers joining me, and I couldn’t pass up sharing all of our inspiring and healthy meals to keep your tummies full!

Lighter Baked Mac N Cheese + 11 other Healthy Weeknight Meals!This version of Mac n’ Cheese is lightened up using whole wheat noodles, skim milk, light cheese, and I added an extra vegetable to give it an extra boost of flavour and wholesomeness.

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Healthy Baked Mac n’ Cheese

  • Author: Kaitie Massey
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

This healthy weeknight Mac N Cheese has all your favourite cheesey flavours with a few healthy additions that your family will love!


Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1/3 cup onions
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 cup whole wheat noodles
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 1/3 cup light double cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a pot with boiling water, add chopped cauliflower. Cook for 3 mins and remove with a slotted spoon.
  3. When the cauliflower is done, in the same pot, cook pasta according to directions.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large pan melt better over medium heat. Add onions and garlic. Sauté until a golden colour.
  5. Sprinkle in flour and continue to stir so flour is absorbed in.
  6. Add milk and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, and then reduce your heat until everything thickens a little.
  7. Remove from heat, and add 1 1/3 cup of cheese and stir until mixed in.
  8. Add the cooked cauliflower and pasta. Mix together and pour into a casserole dish.
  9. Top with remaining 1 cup of cheese, and bake for 20 mins or until cheese bubbles.

Notes

Freeze It: Before the you bake it, let it come to room temperature. Top with remaining 1 cup of cheese, cover with tin foil, and freeze. To cook from frozen, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Keep tin foil on and bake for 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake until middle is bubbly (another 20 minutes).

Keywords: cheese, cauliflower, pasta, healthy, weeknight meal, lighter

Lighter Mac N Cheese. Enjoy comfort food while eating healthy!

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20 Comments

  1. Those printables and posts are so helpful! I always start with the best of intentions when it comes to meal planning but basically end up in shambles by the end of the week, or go WAY over my budget! Need to stop going to the store hungry 🙂 Hiding veggies in your mac and cheese is so genius! Love this idea!

  2. Is there anything better than macaroni and cheese? Only macaroni and cheese with sneaky cauliflower! Great recipe! Love it!

  3. Really cool idea with the cauliflower! I don’t use cauliflower enough because my husband despises it, but I should start buying it more often so I can enjoy it. Especially in mac’n’cheese form 😉

  4. Love Mac n cheese but don’t make it very often anymore as I’m trying to lose weight. A great idea to create a healthier baked version.

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