Healthier versions of macaroni and cheese?

posted 2 years ago in Beehive
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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sadbride89 :  Vegan one with veggie cheese sauce. There are plenty of recipes out there. You normally boil some potato, maybe sweet potato, carrot, onion. Soak some cashews in water – the fat from the cashews is what makes the “cheese” fattier and creamer. Put it all in a blender or food processor with nutritional yeast (a seasoning they sell at most grocery stores). The nutritional yeast is what gives it a cheesy flavor. 

Put your veggie sauce on some whole grain pasta. I love shells.

Post # 3
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Helper bee

Try Hot For Foods vegan cheese sauce over noodles. It really is delicious. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I’d use whole wheat pasta and use ground cashews/carrots in my cheese sauce. Dairy isn’t really that unhealthy, the refined carbs are. 

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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2021

You hate Mac and cheese? 😳😳😳 I agree with previous poster, whole wheat noodles and you can’t taste the difference. Happy cooking! 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

 We can’t have nuts in our house due to allergies or I would love to try that cashew version. 

Our healthier version cuts the Cheddar in half and uses low fat cottage cheese and a bit of low fat sour cream instead. You still get that smooth taste. We always use whole grain pasta too. 

There are some great dairy free recipes out there. My friend’s daughter is a vegan/ gluten intolerant so she purees steamed cauliflower, butternut squash and sauteed onions and garlic and vegetable broth for her sauce. It does not taste the same as the cheesy stuff but still tastes great in its own right.

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Bumble bee

I’ve tried a vegan cashew version that was pretty good! Don’t have recipe but pretty sure Pinterest can help you out. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2006

I know you genuinely are asking for recipes and suggestions, and I think it’s amazing you’re healthy and raising your kids that way. Truly. I agree Pinterest would most certainly have tons to choose from. 

But…it also makes me sad. And hungry 😂 My version has half a stick of butter, a cup of whole milk, a cup of heavy cream, 2 cups of extra sharp cheddar, and topped with an entire sleeve of crushed Town House crackers mixed with the other half stick of butter before baking. 

And I wonder why my jeans get a bit snug this time of year 😳

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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sadbride89 :  but… but… you just said ur DH is a mighty kid meal eater soooo like… I just… you are a whole lot of NOPE in one package. I’ll probably just post that once every few pages from now on. 

NOPE. not today satan. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

Google a recipe for butternut squash mac and cheese. I’ve tried a version that substituted the milk and cheese sauce for a butternut squash puree. The only cheese was some gruyere sprinkled on top with bread crumbs. It was delicious. 

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Honey bee

There’s no such thing. Mac and cheese is by definition unhealthy, the way it should be. I would rather eat real Mac and cheese once a year than a crappy healthy version more often. Life is too short for that nonsense. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Give your kids some real Mac and cheese, the fact they’re asking for it and you’re making it an off limits food is going to give them an unhealthy relationship with food in the future. If your husband can live off of McDonald’s, I promise trying Mac and cheese once in awhile isn’t going to kill them. 

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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

Healthy macaroni and cheese is an oxymoron.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I make a white sauce first (2tbsp butter, flour, milk) then add cheese to it. This way you can control the amount of cheese. 

I am also confused by you saying that you are super healthy but also saying your man only eats kid’s meals from McDonald’s?! Can you please explain this a bit so people can understand? Do you maybe mean he only likes plain, simple, basic food? Not necessarily healthy?

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