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Healthy Macaroni and Cheese for Kids

January 12, 2012

Family, Recipes

What are you up to today? It doesn’t feel like Thursday and it doesn’t feel like the weekend is approaching. I still feel like we are in the middle of things and haven’t reached that downhill point yet. Hopefully by tonight I will have that feeling.

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This week I needed a healthy meal for Anna that would be easy to reheat. I immediately turned to a favorite – Mac & Cheese. It’s simple to make, full of protein and is easily gobbled by little fingers (and big fingers for that matter).

Full of low-fat cottage cheese and whole grain pasta, this dish can keep those little legs moving.

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Plus it has a secret ingredient: pumpkin. It adds a little extra something to the creamy texture and is undetectable. It’s usually served with a side of puzzle or Playdough.

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Healthy Macaroni and Cheese

  • 1 lb. of cooked elbow noodles – whole grain, high fiber, gluten free or pasta plus all work
  • 1 large container of low-fat cottage cheese (24 oz.)
  • 1 container of sour cream (16 oz.) – low-fat, reduced-fat work best
  • 1 c. pure canned pumpkin
  • 1 c. 2% cheddar cheese (or more if you’d like)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cook pasta as directed.
  2. Mix cottage cheese, sour cream, pumpkin and cheese together.
  3. Place noodle mixture in a baking dish.
  4. Cover dish with foil and bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes, until noodles are bubbly and cheese is melted.
  5. Uncover and bake for a 5-8 more minutes.
  6. Serve warm

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One Response to “Healthy Macaroni and Cheese for Kids”

  1. Leah Says:

    I love this recipe! I can’t wait to try it and see what Sophie thinks!

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