Mac and Cheese Lunchbox Muffins

Jerry Errico

Ingredients

  • large eggs
  • 1 Cup  Sneaky Chef Orange Purée, or baby food carrot purée*
  • 2 Cups  low-fat shredded cheese of your choice
  • 2 Cups  cooked macaroni, ideally whole grain
  •   Salt and pepper, to taste

These are a handy lunch box alternative to sandwiches and are loaded with hidden veggies! The Sneaky Chef mac and cheese formula is tried and true, and this turns it into a hand-held meal that can be popped into the kids’ lunch boxes. No fork is needed, as they are eaten just like a muffin. Kids don't mind them cold. Make ahead and freeze, take them out and put into the fridge the night before, and you are set to go.

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with paper liners. Lightly spray liners with oil.

In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs and Orange Purée. Mix in the macaroni and ¾ cup of the cheese. Divide the mixture evenly among the 8 muffin cups. Top each with about one tablespoon of cheese and bake for 20-22 minutes, until cheese is lightly browned and bubbly on top. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Notes

*Click here to see the Sneak Chef Orange Purée Recipe

Missy Chase Lapine is the author of The Sneaky Chef series of cookbooks. Connect with her at TheSneakyChef.com or Facebook or Twitter.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

259 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Sugar Conscious, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, No Sugar Added

Daily value:

13%

Servings:

8
  • Fat 12g 19%
  • Carbs 23g 8%
  • Saturated 6g 32%
  • Fiber 1g 6%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Monounsaturated 3g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 14g 27%
  • Cholesterol 122mg 41%
  • Sodium 219mg 9%
  • Calcium 221mg 22%
  • Magnesium 27mg 7%
  • Potassium 160mg 5%
  • Iron 1mg 8%
  • Zinc 2mg 11%
  • Phosphorus 236mg 34%
  • Vitamin A 117µg 13%
  • Vitamin C 12mg 20%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 18%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 21%
  • Niacin (B3) 2mg 10%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 5%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 88µg 22%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 8%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin K 2µg 2%
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