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Cooking With Kids: Baked Macaroni and Cheese Muffin Cups

Updated on August 4, 2012
Macaroni and Cheese Muffin Cups
Macaroni and Cheese Muffin Cups | Source

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Getting Kids to Eat Vegetables

I typically do not have a problem getting my children to eat vegetables I was very diligent early in their lives in making sure that they ate vegetables at almost every meal. Unfortunately, I know that some parents are not quite as fortunate. My personal opinion is that you do not try to hide vegetables in other foods. I feel that it is important to have children learn the taste of and acquire that particular taste and learn to eat vegetables as they are. However, if your child refuses to eat them, we all know that providing our kids with the nutritional value of those vegetables is more important than how they make it into our kids' stomaches. So here is a great way to get some extra nutrients into our kids. Since my kids actually helped me make this dish, there was no getting any veggies past them!

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: About 20 muffin cups. One cup is a single serving

Ingredients for Baked Macaroni and Cheese Cups

  • 8 eggs
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 2-3 medium peeles carrots
  • 4 cups cooked macaroni (whole grain is preferred)
  • 3 cups low fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
  • 3 oz diced Canadian Bacon, (optional)

Nutritional Information for Mac and Cheese Muffins

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 muffin (excluding the Canadian bacon)
Calories 150
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Carbohydrates 15 g5%
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 12 g24%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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Grace and Alex line the muffin pan with paper liners.Alex uses tongs to measure the cheese.  This prevents any germs getting into the bag if there is left over cheese.He then checks his measurements. Grace carefully measures the cooked pasta.Grace smashes the vegetables next.Together the kids get silly while mixing the eggs!Next the kids began to add the additional ingredients.The Canadian bacon comes next.Combine all ingredients thoroughly so that each cup has some of all of the wonderful ingredients.The cheese on top is the last step before the oven!All ready for the baking!Yummy macaroni and cheese muffin cups!
Grace and Alex line the muffin pan with paper liners.
Grace and Alex line the muffin pan with paper liners. | Source
Alex uses tongs to measure the cheese.  This prevents any germs getting into the bag if there is left over cheese.
Alex uses tongs to measure the cheese. This prevents any germs getting into the bag if there is left over cheese. | Source
He then checks his measurements.
He then checks his measurements. | Source
Grace carefully measures the cooked pasta.
Grace carefully measures the cooked pasta. | Source
Grace smashes the vegetables next.
Grace smashes the vegetables next. | Source
Together the kids get silly while mixing the eggs!
Together the kids get silly while mixing the eggs! | Source
Next the kids began to add the additional ingredients.
Next the kids began to add the additional ingredients. | Source
The Canadian bacon comes next.
The Canadian bacon comes next. | Source
Combine all ingredients thoroughly so that each cup has some of all of the wonderful ingredients.
Combine all ingredients thoroughly so that each cup has some of all of the wonderful ingredients. | Source
The cheese on top is the last step before the oven!
The cheese on top is the last step before the oven! | Source
All ready for the baking!
All ready for the baking! | Source
Yummy macaroni and cheese muffin cups!
Yummy macaroni and cheese muffin cups! | Source

Directions for Macaroni and Cheese Cups

  1. Boil or steam carrots and sweet potatoes for about 15-20 minutes or until tender.
  2. Place the drained vegetables in a bowl and mash with a fork or potato masher.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Line a muffin pan with paper liners and spray with non-stick spray. If you have a nice muffin tin, you do not have to use the liners but be sure to spray so that the macaroni and cheese does not stick to the pan.
  5. In a separate bowl, slightly beat the eggs. Then add the salt and pepper, vegetable mix, and 2 cups of cheese to mix completely. Finally, stir in the diced Canadian Bacon if you are using it and the macaroni.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cups so that it is even with the top of the liners. Add about 1 tablespoon of cheese to the top of each muffin.
  7. Bake for about 20-22 minutes and serve warm.

Macaroni Cup Variations

I have to say that I wasn't sure that my kids would really like these with the purred vegetables in it, (even my husband liked it). I was pleasantly surprised when it was a unanimous decision that that really liked them and definitely wanted to make them again. I posted the recipe with the exact ingredients that I used but I think that next time I would cut two eggs out. They seemed just a tad eggy to me. They were still delicious but I would like less of a quiche like consistency. I also would probably use the vegetable puree but add in some additional vegetables. I think that broccoli, cauliflower or even asparagus would be great in this dish. We hope that you and your kids enjoy this one as much as we did!

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      You little sneak chef. Ha ha I do the same thing. Sometimes I add white beans to mac n cheese and it makes it so creamy and delicious and I keep my mouth shut! Voted up! Kelley

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      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      Haha, that's funny Kelley! I don't really hide veggies because my kids do so well with eating them but a little extra never hurts! I'll have to try using beans next time. Thanks for your visit. :)

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      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      I agree, if the kids have not developed a taste for vegetables early on then you have to get them to eat vegetables somehow and this seems like a good way - sneak it in. I love how your photos show that kids really can make this.

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      Heather Jacobs 4 years ago

      What a great idea! I'm sure kids would love it. I bet they don't cost much to make either.

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      India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

      These little mac and cheese cups sound crazy-good! I like your idea about adding in the broccoli, one of my favorite veggies. Cute little chefs, and a fun healthy take on a comfort food. As always, I am in awe of your work! Up and more!

      HubHugs~

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love your suggestions on how to get kids to eat more veggies. Great way to accomplish this task. Thanks for sharing.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Ugh, these look dangerously delicious. If I were introduced to these as a kid, I would refuse to eat anything else!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      These are sure to be a hit with kids. I think I would like to try them with the broccoli. Voted awesome and sharing!

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Looks quite yummy, I would have to use all organic products to make this, and almond milk because I don't do dairy products, and maybe a cheese substitute as well.

      Your recipe hub here is fun looking indeed, I'm sure you had a good time making it for sure, and its making me hungry now too. Nice job!

      Voted up and shared!

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      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks ktrapp. I appreciate your visit. My kids are becoming quite the little chefs. I'm expecting full gourmet meals by the time that they are 8! :)

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      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      It was very cost friendly. Pasta is not very expensive at all and neither were the small amount of vegetables that were used. I think that the most expensive part was the cheese and even that wasn't very expensive considering the way that it was spread out. Thanks so much for your comments Heather Jacobs!

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      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      My kids LOVE broccoli too but unfortunately I didn't have any in the house when I made this. I think that the kids are doing more of the work than I am but I appreciate your kind and encouraging words K9! :)

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      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      I really do think that it's important for kids to eat them in their own right but if you need to be a little sneaky to get the job done then you do what you've got to do! :)

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      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      Haha Simone! I don't know that my kids will refuse to eat anything else but they were definitely asking for them the next day. They were pretty darn tasty if I do say so myself!

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      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      I agree rebecca. I'm going to give the broccoli a try next time. I think that they will disappear even faster if I use that!

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      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      I use as many organic products as I can find but the recipe would work even without them. Not sure how it would all taste with the cheese substitute but let me know how it turns out if you give it a try. Thanks for your visit CloudExplorer.

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      Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      These are beautiful! i'm going to make these for my next BBQ! Thanks so much!

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      anilandhoney 4 years ago

      Kids like to participate to any works like cooking, they can enjoy it. They will be very interesting to eat it(use it).

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      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      Awesome Heather! I hope that everyone enjoys them as much as we did!

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      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      Very true anilandhoney. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      What a great idea, and it looks very tasty as well! Voted up and sharing.

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      Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

      I agree about giving kids "pure" vegetables early on in life. I don't even like sauces on mine although your uncle has mentioned a number of times to me that he would be happy to eat broccoli if I'd just make a cheese sauce for it! Guess he'll have to make it himself if he wants it. I'm giving it 5 stars for creativity and cute chefs.

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      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks jennzie. I appreciate your visit and comments.

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      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      We used to have 'sauces' on our veggies and it was a hard habit for me to break. I made sure that I didn't give that option to my kids. I didn't feel like I was really hiding these veggies since they helped me make it! Thanks for the votes!

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      Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      Made these the other day and they came out quite great. I ran out of time and didn't get to "muffin" them so instead just cooked it all in a pyrex, casserole style. Yummy yummy. Can't wait to do it the "right way" because the presentation is just so much cuter! Thanks again for the recipe.

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      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      Awesome Heather I'm so glad that you enjoyed it! It is a lot more work to put them in individual cups but the result is just as good in one dish! Thanks for your additional feedback. :)

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      These look delicious! Recipes for kids are just wonderful. My almost 3 year old just loves helping mommy cook. We will be trying this one for sure!

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      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      My kids love cooking with me as well (4 and 5 yrs.) We have lots of recipes that we share of us cooking together. Glad that you found this one useful and hope that you guys enjoy it!

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      That looks like so much fun and a clever way to include vegetables with the macaroni. Who doesn't like macaroni cheese?! I don't have children, but am saving this recipe to try out - it looks too good not to! Thanks for sharing :)

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      That's a good one. Thank you for sharing! voted up :)

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      Doodlehead 4 years ago from Northern California

      MelChi-

      --I do like macaroni and cheese although growing up as a kid I actually hated noodles of any kind and did an essay about it. I grew out of that eventually, but maybe there are some other kids out there who don't like noodles.

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      ThisisShe 4 years ago

      This sounds very interesting. I think I may need to save this and try it later. Thanks!

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      CarNoobz 4 years ago from USA

      What?! That's such a cool idea. Voted up and awesome (mac and cheese always deserves an "awesome" vote).

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      Joseph Brown 2 years ago from Yorkshire, United Kingdom

      Looks great! If you like that you may also like my Fried Cheese!

      https://hubpages.com/food/Amazingly-Simple-Fried-C...

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