Les Petits Chefs do Healthy Mac and Cheese

Mac cheeseLast week we had a small crew of Petits Chefs due to a change in schedule but we went ahead and made a quick and easy dinner dish that the boys were delighted with – mac and cheese (sneaking in the high fibre with whole grain pasta and cauliflower!).

It was a super easy recipe, the hardest part being chopping all the pieces of cauliflower so they were the same size so they would cook evenly…

The boys were sad we didn’t use the Magic Bullet this week but we did use the Microplane for the cheese (and noone even grated their fingers!)…

The boys barely even noticed that I was cooking whole grain pasta….

Once the pasta was cooked, the cauliflower cut up and the cheese grated, we stirred in some (pre-grated) parmesan…

Added the (lower fat) sour cream…

And mixed it in well…

Then we added the cheddar…

And took turns to mix it in…

Of course before we packed it up, we *had* to taste it…

Verdict? Much deliciousness going home that evening!

All this in about 35 minutes!

I took my serve home and sprinkled some extra cheese on top, added the missing parsley and broiled it for a few minutes..


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62 Responses to Les Petits Chefs do Healthy Mac and Cheese

  1. Belinda @zomppa October 20, 2010 at 06:28 #

    Great addition of the cauliflower….perfection!

  2. nancy@skinnykitchen.com October 20, 2010 at 06:46 #

    I love Mac and Cheese…Your recipe sounds really good!

  3. Grace October 20, 2010 at 07:35 #

    Cauliflower, what a clever addition. You are amazing, you are able to make regular little old Mac N Cheese look so elegant. Are you attending Jamie’s Q & A in Toronto Mardi? I am attending, would be nice to meet if you will be there.

  4. Grace October 20, 2010 at 07:35 #

    p.s. Congrats on Top 9 for your amazing corn fritters

  5. RavieNomNoms October 20, 2010 at 09:12 #

    I love mac and cheese and I always like new spins on the classic recipe. I like the addition of the cauliflower!

  6. Roxan October 20, 2010 at 10:23 #

    Mac and cheese is one of my favorite things in the world – so much so that I will be naming my next dog “mac and cheese” – mac for short 🙂 But since it’s so unhealthy I rarely get to eat it. Thank you for sharing a healthier alternative!

  7. torviewtoronto October 20, 2010 at 11:08 #

    delicious addition of cauliflower

  8. Kristina @ spabettie October 20, 2010 at 11:10 #

    *starring this in my reader*

    this looks fabulous… I love the cauliflower addition…

    is it weird that I would rather eat it creamy out of the pot… I don’t like it as much after it has been baked…

  9. K A B L O O E Y October 20, 2010 at 11:58 #

    Perfect! Mac ‘n’ cheese is a favorite around here and would be in much heavier rotation if it were healthier. Then: voila. (Wish I knew where those accent marks were on the keyboard.) Sounds delicious. And since I already pad out a lot of my food with cauliflower, right up my alley. Mooch will have to adapt. Good luck with round 6…

  10. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels October 20, 2010 at 12:35 #

    The mac and cheese looks so good. I love the addition of the cauliflower! YUM!!! 🙂

  11. Jennifer October 20, 2010 at 14:16 #

    I have been craving Mac and Cheese! So glad you put up this post. I can hardly wait to make it and I am green with envy that Jaime Oliver is coming to your neck of the woods.

  12. Paula October 20, 2010 at 15:11 #

    I LOVE that you are teaching kids to cook and love that their parents have enrolled them in classes. This mac and cheese looks like a real belly filler (and a healthy one at that).
    I have that similar Microplane (from Lee Valley) and absolutely love it. Best kitchen tool ever for making zest, grating parm, etc.

  13. Megan Gordon October 20, 2010 at 19:52 #

    YES! The petite chefs are back in action 🙂 Love all the little hand shots…hope you’re settling into the academic calendar a bit now??

  14. Anna Johnston October 20, 2010 at 20:32 #

    What a cool idea to add cauliflower into the cheese mac. Nice one.

  15. penny aka jeroxie October 20, 2010 at 20:34 #

    I like how cauliflower just takes in flavour so well….

  16. Conor @ HoldtheBeef October 20, 2010 at 21:08 #

    Very sneaky with the tiny little cauli florettes, you can’t even see them but they are in there, sneaking nutrients into your system under the cover of cheese (it’s like the cover of darkness but tastier and less scary)

  17. Amanda @ BakingWithoutABox October 20, 2010 at 22:08 #

    Love the little hand photos! Great dish!

  18. Jo @ secondhelping October 21, 2010 at 03:23 #

    That mac’n’cheese looks like it needs a run in this house – cauliflower is one vegetable that will get a universal nod. Will need to make enough for me too I suspect!

  19. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods.com October 21, 2010 at 09:52 #

    Looks delish! Love all things mac n cheese….

  20. Paula October 21, 2010 at 12:10 #

    what a great blog!
    everything here looks so delicious!

    have a nice time!

  21. Brian @ A Thought For Food October 21, 2010 at 15:09 #

    I’m not one who has to have all the fat to make it taste good…s o I certainly appreciate this healthy mac and cheese… I’ll be giving this one a try very soon.

  22. Lora @cakeduchess October 21, 2010 at 17:35 #

    This is my kind mac and cheese. Gorgeous photos. Lucky students:)

  23. Cookin' Canuck October 21, 2010 at 17:41 #

    Fantastic way to work veggies into a kid’s favorite. Plus, that photo is lovely!

  24. Amanda October 22, 2010 at 15:27 #

    I like how simple and easily hid the cauliflower is. I’m a picky eater and I’m always looking for ways to incorporate veggies like this. I’ll have to try making this!

  25. Alison October 22, 2010 at 16:31 #

    This looks absolutely incredible. Perfect for World Pasta Day!

  26. Alison October 25, 2010 at 11:40 #

    Love this post, Mardi! (and the whole grain pasta)

  27. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction October 28, 2010 at 19:25 #

    Ooh… I’m always on the lookout for healthy mac and cheese recipes! Darron loves his mac and cheese… and I love to try to make it healthy on him. 🙂

  28. Amber October 29, 2010 at 03:31 #

    I loved making this recipe because it is healthier. I also put in a small package of thawed spinach for even more goodness.

  29. cat November 5, 2010 at 17:18 #

    would have never thought of adding cauliflower to mac and cheese! just about anything can be cleverly disguised with cheese though, right? with the whole grain pasta and the veggies, this is a great way to make a kids’ favorite meal far healthier. thanks!

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite November 5, 2010 at 18:09 #

      Well I love cauliflower cheese by itself, the pasta makes it into a meal as opposed to a side dish.

  30. marla August 30, 2011 at 08:52 #

    Love the mac and cheese, fun to be with you on Foodiecrush today 🙂

  31. Jasanna November 7, 2011 at 14:35 #

    This sounds awesome! Let’s see if I can get my husband to eat it! 🙂


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