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!
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
of Smart Balance Butter
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.
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;
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.