Mac and Cheese Lunchbox Muffins

Mac and Cheese Lunchbox Muffins
Staff Writer

Jerry Errico

Mac N' Cheese Muffins

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.

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.

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

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
8g
11%
Sugar
9g
10%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
30mg
10%
Carbohydrate, by difference
33g
25%
Protein
15g
33%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
2µg
2%
Calcium, Ca
21mg
2%
Choline, total
49mg
12%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
35µg
9%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
38mg
12%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Phosphorus, P
184mg
26%
Selenium, Se
34µg
62%
Sodium, Na
119mg
8%
Water
67g
2%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%

Mac and Cheese Shopping Tip

If a piece of cheese smells strongly of ammonia, don't buy it. This is typically a sign of spoilage.

Mac and Cheese Cooking Tip

Allow cheese to come to room temperature before serving. This will accentuate the flavors and aromas.