Healthy Mac N Cheese Recipe

Happy Monday all!  I had a great weekend.  Friday night I finally got to see the Hunger Games.  Oh yes I loved it!

The rest of the weekend was pretty regular.  Chores, studying, sitting on the couch watching movies with Brad, and sitting in the dark for Earth Hour on Saturday night.

This week’s muffin of choice is a new recipe that I got from Fitness Magazine.  They are delicious – check it out – banana bran muffins with walnuts and chocolate chips.

Saturday night I made a fabulous baked mac n cheese.

Healthy Mac N Cheese Recipe

  • one large butternut squash
  • 1 box of whole wheat macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon of butter (or Earth Balance)
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • optional – sprinkle of cayenne pepper

Peel and cube the butternut squash, then roast for 40 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees.  Cook one box of whole wheat macaroni and drain.  On the stop top heat the butter, then add the milk and bring to a bubble (but not a full boil).  Reduce the milk mixture to simmer for 4-5 minutes.  Stir in nutritional yeast and remove from heat.  In a large pot stir together the macaroni, squash, milk mixture, salt and cayenne pepper.  Transfer to a baking dish and use a spoon to smooth it down.  Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.  Bake in the oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

This recipe was inspired by a totally vegan mac n cheeze recipe from Oh She Glows.

Hunger Games?  What did you think?

What’s your favourite baked pasta dish?

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17 Responses to Healthy Mac N Cheese Recipe

  1. Raquel says:

    I liked the Hunger Games, it was different than the book, but thats to be expected. Was I the only one crying at the beginning?! So sad.

    I also love baked mac and cheese. I always make it with a bit of dijon mustard and a panko crumb topping, yum!

  2. Bronwyn says:

    LOVED the Hunger Games, I hadn’t read the books before I saw the movie, so I went home and read the books over the next three days. So good! Can’t wait for the next movie.
    Love adding vegetables to something like Mac n Cheese, sometimes it’s totally worth it to “hide” some veggies in there.

  3. Butternut squash mac and cheese is pretty much the most amazing thing ever. I meant to make it this weekend actually, but then I forgot to buy butternut squash.

  4. Dijon and panko- yes! Do you think you could substitute parmesan for the nutritional yeast? I assume it’s like marmite and is salty.

    • Morgan @ Life After Bagels says:

      you could – but the point is to reduce the cheese!

      also I’m not sure that parmesan cheese has as strong as a flavour

  5. I’m obsessed about The Hunger Games. I finished the books over a year ago and was really skeptical about them making a movie about it. I get so protective about the things I get passionate about! Anyway, I wound up loving it and pretty much want to be BFFs with Jennifer Lawrence. Have you watched any of her interviews? HILARIOUS.

    I also love you for this mac & cheese recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  6. dave leitch says:

    I don’t make mac. and cheese .I make cheese and mac. becauce it is the cheesiest!!!! You can add cooked kidney bean to it. if you want.

  7. I so want to make this! We had baked mac n cheese at my sis-in-law’s house yesterday and I kept it to one very small serving on the side but SO could have gone for more if it was lighter.

  8. this looks fabulous! just found you on the fitfluential support page!

  9. Alysia says:

    I loved the Hunger Games! I was a huge fan of the books, I finished each one in three days :) I’m excited to see how Catching Fire will be.

    My favorite pasta dish is probably lasagna, of a goulash recipe I have. Comfort food! I’m definitely trying this mac n’ cheese recipe though

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