Swap for Boxed Mac & Cheese + More Healthy Macaroni Recipes

Dec 11 2018
So many of us have a soft spot for boxed macaroni & cheese, with its bright orange packet of delicious cheese powder. Enter today’s MVP: Anthony’s Cheddar Cheese Powder… GMO free and made WITHOUT artificial colors. Factor in fiber-boosted mac and a few more smart ingredients, and you’ve got a winning recipe for the nostalgic comfort food!

Hungry Girl's Healthy Outside-the-Box Mac ‘n Cheese Recipe

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1/4th of recipe (about 1 2/3 cups): 250 calories, 10g total fat (5g sat. fat), 599mg sodium, 31.5g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 10g sugars, 11g protein

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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes


7 cups chopped cauliflower (about 1 extra-large head)

3 oz. (about 1 cup) uncooked high-fiber whole-wheat elbow macaroni

1/3 cup light/reduced-fat cream cheese

1/3 cup cheddar cheese powder (like the kind by Anthony’s)

1/4 cup light sour cream

2 tbsp. fat-free milk

1 1/2 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread

1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper, or more to taste


Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add cauliflower and pasta. Cook both for 10 - 12 minutes, until cauliflower is tender and pasta is cooked.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, add all remaining ingredients. Stir until mostly smooth and uniform.

Drain cauliflower and pasta, and transfer to the large bowl. Thoroughly stir to coat.


HG Alternative: Anthony’s Cheddar Cheese Powder is ridiculously amazing! If it’s currently unavailable on Amazon, sign up for an email alert from Amazon for when it’s back in stock. Or try this version by Hoosier Hill Farm!

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