5. Mac-N-Cheese Muffin Surprise

Automatically, a recipe that includes macaroni and cheese and muffins probably doesn't sound that healthy, right?

However, this is a healthier version of a huge favorite, one your kids will love to make and to eat.

Thanks to whole wheat pasta and lots of vegetables, I promise, it's not as unhealthy as it initially sounds!

Ingredients:

¾ Lb.

whole wheat pasta

½ gallon 1% milk

3 ¼ cup low fat cheddar cheese

¼ cup diced broccoli

¼ cup diced sun dried tomato

¼ cup diced red peppers

¼ diced carrots

¼ cup of diced red onion

1 tbsp.

flour

1 tbsp.

of Smart Balance Butter

Directions:

Boil water and add pasta, turning down the heat to medium.

Drain but do not rinse off.

In a sauce pan bring milk to a slight boil add 3 cups of cheddar cheese, stirring constantly

with wire whip and until blended.

Add 1 tbsp.

of flour to mixture, simmer for 10 minutes.

Dice vegetables and sauté them with 1 tbsp.

olive oil.

Be careful not to overcook, vegetables, they should be al dente.

Add your vegetables and cheese sauce to pasta, mix together

In a small bowl mix ¼ cups of panko crumbs with 1 tablespoon of smart balance butter

Grease muffin tins.

Using a 4oz scoop, scoop mixture into each tin;2

top each one with a

sprinkle of bread crumb mixture and a little shredded cheddar cheese.

Garnish with a piece of sun dried tomato and a fresh parsley sprig.

You can also take a little of the cheese sauce

and put a dollop down on each plate and place the muffin on top.3

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