Now that winter seems to be well and truly setting in, I find my family is really starting to crave comfort foods… dishes that make us feel warm and happy inside, and our favourite healthy macaroni and cheese recipe totally fits the bill!
Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? Whilst there the packaged version might win points in terms of convenience, it doesn’t win any points nutritionally. This healthy macaroni and cheese recipe is not only simple to make, but is a great way to sneak those veggies into the kids dinner and even just use up whatever leftover veg you have hiding in your fridge at the end of the week!
Healthy Macaroni and Cheese
This is a great one too cook in bulk and freeze into little portions for when you don’t feel like making dinner, and that’s a win in my book!
This mac and cheese recipe is suitable for vegetarians, vegans and people with a dairy allergy or intolerance. Simply leave out the bacon and or the cheese and substitute the milk with the milk of your choosing. You could even use wholemeal pasta or zoodles to make it even healthier!
Tip: Get the kids involved in making this one! There are safe vegetable peelers and kitchen knives that are safe for little ones to use.
- Roughly 2 cups of vegetables to make up the bulk of the sauce. Pumpkin, carrot, sweet potato, zucchini and cauliflower work well. The orange veggies give it that “cheesy” look.
- 500ml of milk
- 100g grated tasty cheese
- Parmesan to taste
- A tablespoon of butter
- 200g ham or bacon
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 500g Macaroni pasta or any pasta you feel like using!
- Steam or bake you vegetables.
- Boil the macaroni
- Fry the bacon or ham
- When veggies are done use a blender, thermomix or stick mixer to blend the vegetables with the cheese, butter, milk and mustard.
- Mix in the macaroni and ham or bacon
- Season with parmesan
And voila! You have yourself an easy, healthy mac and cheese that everyone will love! Feel free to play around with this recipe and find what works best for your family.
Like this recipe? Check out my Quinoa Con Carne for more dinnertime inspiration!
Rachel Cassidy is the author of this article and the founder of Little Peeps Eats. She is a passionate food blogger and brand ambassador, but her most important job is being a mum! Little Peeps Eats helps families take the stress out of mealtimes by providing healthy, kid approved recipes, as well as fussy eating tips and tricks. Their website hosts a directory of nutritionists, resources and mealtime products to ensure that you have everything you need at your fingertips when it comes to feeding your family.