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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.

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
Servings8
Calories Per Serving255
Total Fat12g19%
Sugar2gN/A
Saturated6g32%
Cholesterol122mg41%
Protein14g27%
Carbs22g7%
Vitamin A242µg27%
Vitamin B120.5µg7.9%
Vitamin B60.1mg5.8%
Vitamin C0.9mg1.5%
Vitamin D0.7µg0.2%
Vitamin E0.6mg3.1%
Vitamin K3µg4%
Calcium216mg22%
Fiber1g5%
Folate (food)27µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)125µg31%
Folic acid57µgN/A
Iron1mg8%
Magnesium27mg7%
Monounsaturated3gN/A
Niacin (B3)2mg10%
Phosphorus239mg34%
Polyunsaturated1gN/A
Potassium167mg5%
Riboflavin (B2)0.4mg20.7%
Sodium230mg10%
Thiamin (B1)0.3mg17.5%
Trans0.3gN/A
Zinc2mg11%