secretly healthy macaroni and cheese
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Secretly Healthy Macaroni and Cheese

This secretly healthy macaroni and cheese has a full serving of vegetables in each single serve portion and is also gluten free, easy to make and low fat! You won't believe how quick this healthy meal is to make!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: macaroni and cheese
Servings: 4
Calories: 481kcal
Author: Samantha Rowland


  • 1 head cauliflower florets removed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth organic
  • 1 cup 2% sharp cheddar cheese or So Delicious Dairy Free Cheddar
  • 3/4 package of brown rice noodles I used Trader Joes
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • few cracks black pepper
  • 4 tbs. 2% sharp cheddar cheese or So Delicious Dairy Free Cheddar
  • 2 tbs. almond flour


  • In a large pot with a tight fitting lid, add the cauliflower florets and the vegetable broth. Cover the pot and and heat over medium to medium high heat, for 12-15 minutes.
  • While the cauliflower is cooking, boil a pot of water on the stove. Add the brown rice pasta to the boiling water and cook till al dente (about 8 minutes)
  • Reserve a few tablespoons of the pasta water before draining the pasta in a colander.
  • To puree the cauliflower either puree in the pot with an immersion blender or add the cauliflower and vegetable broth to the blender. Once smooth transfer back to the pot and add 1 cup of cheese and stir to combine. Add 1-2 tbs. of the cooking liquid that you reserved to help thin out the sauce (this will help it adhere to the pasta a little better).
  • Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and stir.
  • Spray your ramekins with non-stick spray (I use coconut butter) and divide the pasta and sauce between the 4 ramekins. Top with a 1/2 tbs. almond meal and 1 tbs. grated cheese
  • Broil 1-2 minutes on a cookie sheet for quick removal from the oven.
  • Enjoy with your favorite salad!


Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 983mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 680IU | Vitamin C: 12.9mg | Calcium: 323mg | Iron: 1.5mg