Secret Ingredient Mac & Cheese Cups

Secret Ingredient Mac & Cheese Cups - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex NorthWhat kid doesn’t love mac & cheese? This make-ahead meal can be served hot or cold. Make extras for dinner then send the leftovers for a quick and healthy school lunch the next day. With this complete meal, kids will be getting a gluten-free whole grain, a healthy protein, a vegetable and a side of fruit.




The best part is, they won’t even guess what the secret ingredient is (hint: it’s the pumpkin).

1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 (8 oz) package of Ancient Grain gluten-free pasta (or other pasta)

1/8 tsp black pepper

1/8 tsp garlic powder

1/8 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

2 tsp breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil pasta according to package directions. In a separate bowl, combine all other ingredients, add cooked pasta and stir until thoroughly mixed. Spoon pasta mixture into a lined muffin tin. Bake for 10 minutes until barely crispy brown on top. Add a side of any fruit.

Recipe compliments of Leann Forst, a board-certified health coach and food toxin specialist. Contact her at

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