Mac and Cheese Lunchbox Muffins

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Mac and Cheese Lunchbox Muffins
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.

8
Servings
255
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients
Makes
8 muffins

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

  • 4 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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
12g
19%
Sugar
2g
N/A
Saturated Fat
6g
32%
Cholesterol
122mg
41%
Protein
14g
27%
Carbs
22g
7%
Vitamin A
242µg
27%
Vitamin B12
0.5µg
7.9%
Vitamin B6
0.1mg
5.8%
Vitamin C
0.9mg
1.5%
Vitamin D
0.7µg
0.2%
Vitamin E
0.6mg
3.1%
Vitamin K
3µg
4%
Calcium
216mg
22%
Fiber
1g
5%
Folate (food)
27µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
125µg
31%
Folic acid
57µg
N/A
Iron
1mg
8%
Magnesium
27mg
7%
Monounsaturated
3g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
10%
Phosphorus
239mg
34%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
167mg
5%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.4mg
20.7%
Sodium
230mg
10%
Thiamin (B1)
0.3mg
17.5%
Trans
0.3g
N/A
Zinc
2mg
11%

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