Mac and Cheese Lunchbox Muffins

Jerry Errico


  • 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.


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.


*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 or Facebook or Twitter.


Calories per serving:

392 calories

Dietary restrictions:

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

Daily value:



  • Fat 188g 289%
  • Carbs 188g 63%
  • Saturated 101g 507%
  • Fiber 12g 47%
  • Trans 6g
  • Sugars 25g
  • Monounsaturated 49g
  • Polyunsaturated 12g
  • Protein 172g 344%
  • Cholesterol 1,242mg 414%
  • Sodium 3,440mg 143%
  • Calcium 3,535mg 354%
  • Magnesium 290mg 73%
  • Potassium 1,481mg 42%
  • Iron 12mg 65%
  • Zinc 22mg 150%
  • Phosphorus 3,131mg 447%
  • Vitamin A 1,624µg 180%
  • Vitamin C 96mg 160%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 150%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 4mg 232%
  • Niacin (B3) 16mg 80%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 50%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 773µg 193%
  • Vitamin B12 6µg 101%
  • Vitamin D 7µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 6mg 32%
  • Vitamin K 20µg 25%
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