Cooking for a Cause: Macaroni and Cheese Muffins with Sneaky Vegetables
A guest post from Christine Fontanin:
Recently, I got an opportunity via Space Girl Organics to cook and deliver a home cooked meal to a children’s home that takes in and cares for local children in need. It was a honor for me to cook and deliver a loving meal for the kids. I gave a lot of thought to providing the kids with a nutritious meal, but also a meal the kids and adults would enjoy! Here is what I made:
Macaroni and Cheese ‘Muffins’ with Sneaky Vegetables
Homemade Chicken and Alphabet Soup
Mixed Fruit Salad
Here is my recipe for the Macaroni and Cheese!
Macaroni and Cheese Muffins with Sneaky Vegetables:
Looking for a way to get LOTS of vegetables into your macaroni and cheese? Here is an easy macaroni and cheese recipe with lots of good for you veggies added in. You can make it in a cute muffin shape which is perfect for little hands. The squash naturally gives the mac n cheese that great orange color that many kids love.
Makes approximately 1 dozen macaroni muffins
2 cups of dry elbow macaroni
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup of finely chopped onion
2 carrots (grated or ran through a food processor to make very fine).
16 oz of cooked peas
12 oz of cooked butternut squash
1 1/4 2% cup milk
2 cups shredded cheese
1/2 tablespoon of yellow mustard
1/4 cup of good quality parmesan cheese
1/8 cup bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease your muffin pan. Cook macaroni according to package directions. While the macaroni cooks. Saute the onion and carrots in heated oil until softened. Stir in peas, squash, and milk and bring just to a simmer. Add the shredded cheese and mustard and stir until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.
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Drain the macaroni and add it to the veggie mix. Fill your greased muffin cups all the way to the top and press down to compact a bit. Top with the bread crumbs and parmesan. Bake in the oven until slightly golden brown approximately 30 minutes. Let cool in the muffin pan. You will be able to remove the muffins in 1 piece after they have cooled. You can also cook this in a baking dish instead of the muffin tins:
Originally posted on ChristineIsCooking.com