Recipe of the Month – Lunchbox Mac n’ Cheese Cups
These Mac n’ Cheese Cups are healthy, fun to eat and packed with flavor. Make them the day before and toss them into your child’s lunchbox to ensure a hearty, healthy meal.
¾ sweet onion
1 cup cut carrots
1 cup broccoli florets
1 cup shredded lowfat cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 large egg
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 box (14.5 oz.) whole wheat macaroni noodles, cooked according to package
1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs, divided
Preheat oven to 350°F. Puree onion, carrots and broccoli in food processor or blender until smooth. Mix cheddar, mozzarella, egg, butter and olive oil in large bowl. Add cooked macaroni, vegetables and ½ cup bread crumbs. Stir until just incorporated. Spoon mixture evenly into greased muffin pan. Sprinkle remaining bread crumbs on top and bake 30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Makes 12 servings.
Source: Produce for Kids
Other Lunchbox Hacks: The toughest part of packing lunch for your little ones can be making sure they don’t get bored of eating the same thing every day. Here are a few ideas to help you keep your child’s lunch fun and in their belly:
Bread – Instead of your regular sliced bread, use muffin tops, toasted waffles, or biscuits for sandwiches.
Pitas – Use Pita bread for DIY pizzas, to make a taco, or stuff with noodles.
Pretzel Sticks – Use pretzel sticks as kabob sticks and skew on deli meat, cheese or even fruit.
Tip: Make a Lunch Station. Streamline the daily lunch packing chore by corralling in one place everything you need to make lunch. You can even pre-portion things like nuts, cheese or vegetables to create a grab-and-go basket to store in the fridge.
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