I am crazy about macaroni and cheese, and I am always trying to find new ways to prepare it. This recipe features macaroni and cheese in a completely unique way: First, it's healthy, and second, it's in a muffin form. Who knew macaroni and cheese could be so fun?
My little 1-year-old absolutely loved these cups, and they were easier for him to eat than regular macaroni and cheese is. I made these in a miniature muffin tin so they would be smaller for him to eat, and I think they look cuter that way. I love miniature foods, and my whole family went nuts over these.
To start out, boil some macaroni for 5 minutes. To make these healthier, I used macaroni made from durum wheat. Next, finely chop some kale and miniature sweet bell peppers.
Next, combine some coconut oil, all the chopped veggies and some corn in a saucepan over medium heat. Sauté them all together for about 3 minutes. Since the veggies are so finely chopped, it doesn't take long to get them tender enough to go with the pasta.
Once everything is tender, the pasta gets stirred in. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and set it aside while the healthy cheese and sweet potato sauce is made.
This sauce uses only 1/3 cup of cheese. The rest is almond milk and a sweet potato. Both are so healthy and a great alternative to using a few cups of cheese.
Pierce a small sweet potato in several places with a fork, and microwave the potato for 3 to 4 minutes or until tender. Remove the skin, and slice the potato in half. In a blender, combine the almond milk and the cooked sweet potato.
Blend the mixture until completely smooth, and then transfer it into a saucepan. Season with salt and pepper. Briskly whisk in 2 tablespoons of flour, and then whisk in the cheese until smooth and melted.
Then stir in all the pasta with the vegetables. It will be a little bit tough to stir, but keep mixing until everything is well combined. The sweet potato-cheese mixture is thick, but it's important to not try to thin it out, or the cups won't stick together.
Once the pasta and sweet potato-cheese mixture are well integrated, use a cookie scoop to scoop the mixture into a well-greased miniature muffin tin.
Press the mixture really hard into the tin's cavities to make sure the macaroni and the cheese are packed in together well.
Once all the cavities are filled and everything is packed in there really well, these guys are ready to be baked.
Bake them at 400 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes, and then remove them from the oven. Let them cool for at least 10 minutes before removing them from the muffin tin.
These macaroni and cheese cups are a perfect on-the-go lunch and a great meal for your children. Plus, they are much healthier than regular mac and cheese.
These miniature macaroni and cheese cups are ultra healthy and packed with vitamins and minerals thanks to the addition of all the vegetables. Plus the "secret" sauce has a very small amount of cheese, and the rest is sweet potato and almond milk.
Prep time: 25 minutes | Bake time: 10-12 minutes | Total time: 35-37 minutes
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