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Healthy Mac and Cheese

Healthy mac and cheese recipe

If you had to compile a top ten list of comfort foods, we're willing to bet that mac and cheese would be at the top of the list. After all, it's the king of comfort food, and we’re here to share our bowl of cheesy goodness with you.

“All I want is… mac and cheese.”

But what if mac and cheese wasn’t just a comfort dish, but also a healthy meal idea, too? This version of the recipe has been improvised to be perfect for weeknight dinners, meal prep lunches, and everything else you can think of! There's no need to wait until Friday evening to try this recipe; it's guilt-free and only takes one fun cooking session. This way, you can enjoy mac and cheese any day or every day.

What makes this recipe for mac and cheese healthy?

Well, the short answer is that this version of the recipe is a healthier take on the classic mac and cheese that we all know and love! This recipe is as simple as the idea; we replaced the traditional ingredients with easier-to-digest alternatives and added greens to make it more wholesome.

Our sauce is made primarily of plant milk and vegan cheese mix, making it suitable for individuals who are lactose intolerant or prefer a plant-based diet. We used whole grain macaroni to provide a bit extra fiber to the dish, but if you want to make it gluten-free, simply replace the macaroni with your favourite gluten-free elbows pasta! Last but not least, this recipe includes ingredients such as broccoli and nutritional yeast, which are both flavourful and nutritious. One of my favourite things about this dish is how versatile it is while just requiring a few ingredients!

Pouring cheese sauce over mac and cheese

What sets this mac and cheese apart from the rest?

Classic mac and cheese brings back childhood memories for many of us, making this dish even more special. The way nostalgia hits with that first bite... it's difficult to describe, but it smells like childhood home. The classic dish is undoubtedly special, but at this point in adulthood we’re craving something a bit more... A bit more nutritious, a bit more nourishing, and sustainable.

While traditional mac and cheese calls for four distinct varieties of cheese, this version only calls for one plant-based cheese mix. Not only will your tummy thank you, but so will your wallet! And while there are many different types of mac and cheese, ranging from simple to fine-dining, you don't have to sacrifice nutrition, worry about a long list of ingredients, or stress over a complex preparation with this recipe!

Couple of Expats mac and cheese in a nutshell:

  • 30-minute meal

  • Vegan

  • Only 8 ingredients

  • Family friendly

  • Meal prep up to 3 days

  • Budget-friendly


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