What I Ate Wednesday #21 – Healthified Box Mac ‘N Cheese

Happy Wednesday! It’s time for another round of daily eats!

One of the healthy habits that I’ve adopted over the past year or so is adding veggies into my dinners. Sometimes, that calls for being a bit creative! See my dinner for a twist on how to add (or hide!) veggies in your basic box of Mac ‘N Cheese.

Thanks again to Jenn for hosting WIAW. For those of you who don’t know, Jen over at Peas and Crayons hosts WIAW every week – check out her blog for more information on it and to find some new blogs to read.


Because I forgot to make my overnight oats the previous night, breakfast was a yogurt bowl – vanilla greek yogurt topped with pumpkin flax granola, a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of chia seeds. Tasty, but nothing hits the spot for me in the morning quite like overnight oats! I also had a granola bar between classes to keep me satiated until lunch.


Lunch was an everything bagel with cream cheese along with an apple. One of the perks of being back in Houston is my proximity to good bagels! I’m very picky about my bagels and only like really good, authentic, “New York-like” bagels. I will almost never eat a bagel from the grocery store – once you’ve had good bagels, you can’t go back! Delicious!


Dinner was good ‘ol mac ‘n cheese! I used to eat velveeta boxed mac ‘n cheese all the time as a kid. Healthy? Not really. Cheesy and delicious? Definitely. Since then, I’ve experimented with ways to amp up the health factor on boxed mac ‘n cheese. First, I usually buy Annie’s Organic Deluxe instead of Velveeta because I like the ingredient list better. Next, I add veggies. Occasionally I’ll just mix in some roasted veggies and call it a day. My favorite thing to do is puree veggies and hide them in the sauce. You can barely taste the veggies, so you still get that great childhood taste. I highly recommend trying it next time you want an easy dinner!

First, slice a large zucchini and a large summer squash and roast them at 425 for about 15 minutes.

Next, use an immersion blender to puree the veggies.

Then mix it in with your cheese sauce and you’re done! Simple, healthier, and delicious!

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13 Responses to What I Ate Wednesday #21 – Healthified Box Mac ‘N Cheese

  1. What a fantastic idea to puree the veggies into the mac and cheese! I love the added way to sneak in your veggies!
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  2. Min says:

    Yay for healthified mac n cheese! They’re so versatile, aren’t they? Hope you’re doing well!
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  3. I love this idea! I always try to do this but sometimes my veggies end up chunky. Do you think there is a difference between an immersion blender and just an everyday blender? I have just been using a regular every day blender (that could be the problem) Love and Shine CourtStar
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    • Caroline says:

      I think an immersion blender might be better for this. I’ve never tried to puree the veggies in a normal blender, but they always come out smooth with my immersion blender.

  4. Wow I love the look of your ‘healthified’ mac and cheese! Very sneaky and awesome idea!!!
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  5. I know what you mean about bagels! Even though I no longer eat them (the GF versions are horrid!), I did when I first moved to DC, and was so sad that I couldn’t find something decent. I’m glad you’ve re-connected with them in Houston! 😉

    Adding pureed veggies to cheese sauce is a pretty genius idea! I’ve actually always enjoyed whole veggies in macaroni and cheese–especially broccoli because it sops up the sauce–but this sounds like a fun variation!

    I hope classes are going well!
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    • Caroline says:

      I’ve tried a GF bagel before – I know what you mean! Classes are going well (I think!), just gotta get through biostatistics..

  6. Jessie says:

    Never though to puree veggies into mac & cheese. It looks and sounds delicious girl 🙂
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  7. Deirdre says:

    Oh I am totally trying the roasted veggies in the mac-n-cheese trick that is genius! You are welcome to link up your fab food photos or any others on tomorrow’s Photo Friday over at Ladies Holiday! Cheers!
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  8. I just made some healthified mac ‘n cheese tonight! great minds think alike, huh? 🙂
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  9. I love new healthified mac and cheese recipes!
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