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 thoughts on “Les Petits Chefs do Healthy Mac and Cheese”

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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…

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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)

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  8. 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!

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

  11. 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!


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