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Hidden Veggie Healthy Macaroni and Cheese Casserole!

September 16, 2014


I have been trying to develop this recipe for a while. I love macaroni and cheese, but I want to enjoy it in a healthy way. As my readers know, my mission when I create recipes is to make our already favorite foods in a more clean and nutrition beneficial way. I finally created a delicious way to have mac and cheese while getting lean protein and a serving of vegetables. As always, feel free to alter the recipe to you and your families specific liking. 


What you need:
This recipe is designed for a small, 8-9 inch baking pan. If you are using a standard, large baking pan, double everything in this recipe. 
  • Half a bag of frozen or fresh cauliflower 
  • Half a box (6 oz) of hidden veggie noddles (or healthy noodle of choice)
  • 1 cup of low fat or fat free cottage cheese
  • 1 container (5-6 oz.) of plain frozen yogurt (do not accidentally buy vanilla, this will be disgusting. Yes, I am unfortunately speaking from experience. Ensure your greek yogurt is plain.)
  • 3/4 cup of plain Almond Milk (or healthy milk of choice; coconut, skim, etc.)
  • 1-2 cup of low fat shredded cheese of choice
What you do:

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2.) Boil noodles
3.) Cook cauliflower as instructed; microwave or boil to get them soft
4.) Once cauliflower is cooked, place it in a blender or food processor with almond milk, then mix until you have a thick, creamy mixture. I have an old, not so great blender so I had to thoroughly mix and stir for about 5 minutes to get this accomplished.
 

5.) Place cauliflower mixture, cottage cheese, and Greek yogurt into a large mixing bowl and blend together thoroughly. 


6.) Drain noodles through a strainer then add them into the mixing bowl


7.) Combine everything together thoroughly 


8.) Place into baking pan


9.) Top with low fat shredded cheese of choice


10.) Bake 20-40 minutes until top of cheese is slightly browned and bubbly. If you used a 8-9 inch baking pan, cooking time is approximately 20-25 minutes; a larger pan will be closer to 40.


Nutritional Information:
This will vary based on different ingredients and specific brands used; this is to be used as a generic guide only.
Servings: 5
Calories: 110
Fat: 7g
Carbohydrates: 17g
Fiber: 2g
Protein: 16g

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20 comments

  1. ohhh looks great!! Definitely trying this one!!

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    1. Awesome. Let me know how it turns out my friend.

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  2. Yumm this looks awesome... def adding this to my menu for next week :) You always post the best recipes!

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    1. You are why I do what I do. Thank you for that compliment, Tess!

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  3. looks yummy! I'll be trying this. I love Mac and Cheese.

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  4. Ahhhhhh mac n cheese?!?!?! Did you just make comfort food healthy? You win the internet!

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  5. Holy cow, this looks so yummy! Definitely putting this on my to try list!

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  6. Mmmm. This looks amazing and is making me drool as I eat my afternoon break of carrot sticks. I am putting this on the dinner list some time in the near near future!! I wonder if adding a little chicken or tuna would ruin it??

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  7. YUM girl, what a great recipe! Good thing I'm about to head home and start dinner, I'm suddenly very hungry :)

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  8. This looks DELISH! Holy yumminess and the fact that it's healthy makes it even better!

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  9. Girl you have outdone yourself. I haven't had Mac and Cheese in so long because it is so fattening. This looks so much better for you!

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  10. THANK YOU! I have been craving a bowl of mac n cheese for so long! Cannot wait to try!

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  11. Oh wow!! Going on Pinterest right now!

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  12. This looks delish!!! I will definitely have to try this recipe! Thank you for sharing <3
    xoxoxox -Kelly - in2thelabyrinth.blogspot.com

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