This Baked Tuna Mac & Cheese Muffins dish is my first recipe for #RecipeMakeover week and is a great alternative compared to traditional mac & cheese, just a bit healthier!
Who doesn’t love mac and cheese?! I actually didn’t as a kid. I know that’s weird. I had to reach parenthood to even try macaroni and cheese of any sort and now I love it just as much as the kids. I often make homemade mac and cheese but I also keep boxed mac and cheese in our kitchen cabinet for those days I just don’t feel like even thinking about what to feed the kids. Do you know those days?
When I do make homemade mac and cheese I often go to my good friend Rachel’s Easiest Ever Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe. I make it so often I have it memorized. Since I wanted to branch out a bit I decided to come up with these Baked Tuna Mac & Cheese Muffins. I added some extra protein with tuna and even vegetables that barely took any additional time. Of course you can feel free to add other types of protein like chicken, ground beef, or ham to up the protein. And when it comes to vegetables the possibilities are endless.
And honestly, two out of my three kids enjoyed these mac and cheese muffins, minus the “crusty” topping, which is actually my favorite. My youngest is the most picky when it comes to mac and cheese and he prefers his plain without the “crunchies” – his 3 year old description of green peas. So as you can see, it totally depends on personal preferences. That’s what I love about recipes like this one since you can change out the add-ins without compromising the flavor.
In addition to the cheese and milk, the tuna adds a good amount of protein to this dish with 10 grams of protein per 5 ounce can. I also used whole wheat noodles to increase the fiber in recipe. An overall win-win in my nutrition book!
Now don’t forget to check out the recipes below from my fellow food bloggers during this delicious #RecipeMakeover week!
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