Thanks to Horizon, Silk, & So Delicious for helping me spread the lunchbox love with all of you!
Mac and Cheese Muffins with Hidden Veggies: Horizon Mild Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese is baked with hidden vegetables for a healthy and tasty muffin that is perfect for packing lunchboxes and getting kids to eat healthier.
My little girl loves her Mac and Cheese. Okay, obsessed is more like it. She could eat it every single day if I let her and would probably NEVER get sick of it. Can you blame her? How can pasta and cheese be a bad thing?
As a mom who wants to please–or more like a mom who wants her child to eat a healthy lunch at school everyday, I often pack her mac and cheese in a thermos for her to take to school. Whenever I do so, I am like a superhero in her eyes. But after I played around with one of my favorite brands of Macaroni and Cheese–Horizon Mild Cheddar, I suddenly went from superhero to superstar (and in her book that is WAY cooler!!)
I have to admit I was a bit nervous to serve them up to my Mac and Cheese connoisseur–but she LOVED them!!! In fact my son and husband who could take or leave Mac and Cheese, raved about the muffins. In fact, they all 3 request these muffins often in their lunches. And what more could I ask for? A simple lunch item that is backed with hidden nutrition and devoured every single time!
I love to round this meal out with fresh fruit, veggies, Hoizon Lowfat Chocolate Milk, and Hoizon Super Squeeze. It is a balanced, healthy meal that everyone loves. In fact, I wish someone would pack me this for lunch too!!
Thankfully, I can find high quality productslike Horizon at my local Harris Teeter’s. I was so happy to find one literally a mile down the road from my new house. I had grown to love Kroger in Atlanta as it was the perfect place for me to run into when I need to grab a few things to make healthy lunches. Thankfully, Kroger owns Harris Teeter’s and they too, have a great Natural Foods selection. It makes shopping a bit easier for this busy mom!
And I bet these muffins will make your life easier too–they are easy to make, freeze perfectly (just throw in a lunchbox frozen and by lunch, it will be defrosted), and kids love them –as well as husbands 😉
Mac and Cheese Muffins with Hidden Veggies
- 1 box Horizon Mild Macaroni and Cheese
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 egg scrambled
- 1/2 cup Hoizon Mild Cheddar block cheese shredded
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin pan or line with silicone muffin liners.
Cook macaroni in boiling water for 9 minutes. Drain and toss with butter in a large mixing bowl.
Mix together pumpkin, cheese packet, milk and egg together. Add to cooked pasta and stir to combine will.
Scoop into prepared muffin tin. Sprinkle with shredded cheese.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until muffins set. Cool before storinig to pack in lunches.