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.

8
Servings
326
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
16g
23%
Sugar
9g
10%
Saturated Fat
7g
29%
Cholesterol
31mg
10%
Carbohydrate, by difference
33g
25%
Protein
12g
26%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
2µg
2%
Calcium, Ca
11mg
1%
Choline, total
2mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
28µg
7%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
26mg
8%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
74mg
11%
Selenium, Se
19µg
35%
Sodium, Na
193mg
13%
Water
31g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

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.