Easy Mac and Cheese Bites

by Eat Well with Lex
easy mac and cheese bites

This easy mac and cheese bites recipe is an incredibly delicious comfort food that is great for kids of all ages. Whether it’s your baby that’s starting solids or you’re looking for a lunch and dinner idea for your toddler, these mac and cheese bites are perfect for their little hands. They are so easy to make and only require a few simple ingredients, plus, you can easily pack in some hidden veggies. I added cauliflower to this recipe and I promise you that your picky eater will never know. 

Mac and cheese is a classic comfort food that everyone loves. But did you know that it’s easy to sneak in some extra vegetables into this dish? So even the pickiest eater will love these. Vegetables like carrot, cauliflower, bell pepper and zucchini can all be added to the cheese sauce without affecting the flavor. And if you’re looking for an extra nutritional boost, you can swap out some of the pasta for whole wheat, chickpeas or quinoa noodles. 

Ingredients for Mac and Cheese Bites:

  • Macaroni noodles: I used elbow macaroni but you can use any pasta noodle.
  • Sharp Cheddar cheese: Any type of cheddar cheese can be substituted or a shredded cheese blend. I like to use sharp cheddar because it’s great for hiding the hidden vegetables.
  • Cauliflower: Cauliflower is a neutral vegetable so it was the perfect choice but you can use any other vegetable of choice. See below for some ideas. 
  • Almond milk: I only use dairy-free milk but any other type of milk will work.
  • Unsalted Butter: Use an unsalted butter to avoid excessive salt especially if making this for a baby. 
  • Flour: The flour is used to create the roux and thicken the cheese sauce
  • Garlic powder: Great for adding flavor to the mac and cheese bites. You can add onion powder too.
  • Paprika:  Used for flavor, feel free to add other seasonings. 
  • Black pepper 
  • Salt (optional)
hidden veggies mac and cheese for babies

How to Make Mac and Cheese Bites:

  1. Cook the macaroni noodles according to the package directions. 
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter then add a little bit of flour, black pepper, paprika, and garlic powder and stir constantly until it’s incorporated and a roux is formed. Salt is optional but I’d leave it out if you’re making these for a baby. 
  3. Add milk and stir well until combined. Bring the mixture to a low boil then add the cheddar cheese and stir until it’s melted.
  4. Now add the cooked macaroni noodles and the grated cauliflower and give it a good mix until well combined. 
  5. Lightly grease a mini muffin pan and pack in the mac and cheese then top with extra cheddar cheese.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until golden on top. 

Hidden Vegetables for Mac and Cheese:

Here are some other hidden vegetables that would blend in seamlessly with these mac and cheese bites. You can chop them finely or make a puree and mix them together. To perfect hide these vegetables, especially if you have a picky eater, I highly recommend making a puree and mixing it into the cheese sauce. 

  1. Peas
  2. Red bell pepper
  3. Broccoli 
  4. Carrot

How to puree vegetables : simply steam your vegetables then add them to a blender and blend until smooth. 

How to Store Leftover:

These mac and cheese bites make a great meal prep for babies and toddler, however, storing them properly is essential to preventing them from going bad. 

  • Make sure to store them in an airtight container as this will keep them fresh and prevent them from drying out. 
  • If you plan on serving them within a few days, you can store them in the fridge for up to 4 days. Otherwise, they can be stored in the freeze for up to three months.
  • When you’re ready to eat, simply reheat in the microwave or oven. 

I’d love to hear how you liked this recipe, so please leave a comment and a star rating below! I truly appreciate you.

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easy mac and cheese bites

Easy Mac and Cheese Bites

Serves: 15 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )

Ingredients

 1 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

6 oz elbow macaroni and cheese

1/3 cup dairy-free milk

1/2  teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon paprika

¼ teaspoon black pepper

¼ teaspoon salt or to taste (omit if making for a baby)

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon flour

½ cup grated cauliflower

Instructions

  1. Cook the macaroni noodles according to the package directions.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the unsalted butter. Once the butter is melted add the flour, paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper. Stir constantly until it's incorporated and a roux is formed.  You may add salt but I'd leave it out if you're making these for a baby.
  3. Add almond milk and stir well until combined. Bring the mixture to a low boil then add the cheddar cheese and stir until it's melted.
  4. Now add the cooked macaroni noodles and the grated cauliflower and give it a good mix until well combined.
  5. Lightly grease a mini muffin pan and pack in the mac and cheese then top with extra cheddar cheese.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until golden on top.

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