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A Healthier Macaroni and Cheese

Updated on May 23, 2016

My favorite comfort food

I love macaroni and cheese. Pasta, cheese, it's the perfect combination. It always tastes good and it's always fun to eat. With a few minor tweaks, you can make this favorite a healthier choice. This is one case where you can have your cake and eat it to.


  • olive oil
  • macaroni and cheese mix
  • a milk alternative, for example almond milk or soy milk
  • a can of crushed tomatoes
  • some veggies, (fresh, frozen, or canned)

Shells and White Cheddar
Shells and White Cheddar | Source

Cooking the macaroni

  1. In a pot, add as many cups of water as needed for the amount of macaroni you plan to cook.
  2. Add some olive oil. This keeps the pasta from sticking together.
  3. Bring the water to boil.
  4. Add the pasta.I like Annie's Homegrown Shells and White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese.
  5. Stir occasionally.
  6. Boil until macaroni is cooked.

Almond or Soy Milk

Almond, soy, rice, or hemp milk makes for a healthier choice than regular milk. I really like almond milk and use Blue Diamond Almond Breeze milk.

Eden Organic Crushed Tomatoes
Eden Organic Crushed Tomatoes | Source

Veggies and Portion Size

Adding veggies to any meal is a plus. Portion size is also important to eating healthy. As much as I would love to have my plate filled with just macaroni and cheese, I've learned to add veggies to half my plate. In this case, I added some organic canned green peas and some canned organic French cut green beans. Fresh veggies are the best but since I live alone, they spoil before I have a chance to eat them all. Frozen veggies are another good choice.

I had a can of Eden Organic Crushed Tomatoes so I topped the mac and cheese with some. It's a nice alternative to spaghetti sauce. For a bit of extra flavor, I added some basil and cilantro.

Mac and cheese with veggies
Mac and cheese with veggies

A Healthier Mac and Cheese

Cooking healthier meals does not have to be difficult and time consuming. Often, it is just a matter of making some substitutions.


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    • Alan Cohen profile image

      Alan Cohen 23 months ago

      peachpurple, nice suggestion.

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      peachy 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      I love macaroni but I don't add in cheese because it is expensive, so I add in mushroom soup from can.

      Good recipe

    • Alan Cohen profile image

      Alan Cohen 23 months ago

      Thank you Margie. I appreciate your comment.

    • Margie Lynn profile image

      Margie Lynn 23 months ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

      That sound good Alan, will have to give it a try soon! Thanks for recipe!