Kelsey’s Healthy “Mac” n Cheese

Kelsey’s Healthy “Mac” n Cheese



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Being from the South, macaroni and cheese is one of my absolute favorites, but it really lacks nutrition. I took my favorite macaroni & cheese recipe and gave it a healthy makeover by replacing the noodles with cauliflower, which has a similar texture to pasta. I also added some chopped broccoli so I can get my greens. Whole wheat bread crumbs replace the dried bread crumbs typically used. This dish is so yummy, traditional macaroni & cheese fans young and old will love it!

Inspiration: New Creation


  • 3   cups   cauliflower   chopped into small pieces
  • 2    cups    broccoli   chopped
  • 1/4   cup   butter
  • 2    tbsp   all purpose flour
  • 2   cups   whole milk
  • 1/2   tsp   salt
  • 2   cups    cheddar cheese   cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2   tbsp   marscarone cheese
  • 3    slices   whole wheat bread   toated
  • 2    tbsp   butter   melted




Boil cauliflower in boiling water for 6 minutes, adding chopped broccoli for last 3 minutes. Drain. In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt 1/4 cup butter, stir in flour, cook, stirring often for about 1 minute until smooth and bubbly. Add milk and salt, stirring occacionally for about 4-5 minutes. Stir in cheese, marscapone, cauliflower & broccoli. Pour into casserole dish or 6 individual baking dishes. Place toasted bread in blender and blend until bread crumbs. Mix with melted butter and sprinkle over "mac" n cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until bread crumbs are toasted.

About the Chef

Kelsey Deleshaw

Age: 13 – GA

Why is healthy cooking important to you?  Healthy cooking is very important to me. I became a vegetarian a couple of years ago and I know I have to focus on a healthy diet to make sure my body has what it needs. I try my best to read food nutrition labels so I am getting what I need to stay active and healthy. I notice that I don't have as much energy and get moody when I am not eating a healthy diet.

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