Healthier Macaroni and Cheese

Nearly 1 in 5 American children are at increased risk for serious health problems because of obesity.

To help your kids maintain a healthy weight, involve them in active play and try some healthy kid-friendly recipes, like this lower-fat version of a true classic kids love. You can also involve your child in the kitchen, letting them help prepare ingredients and stir mixtures. Give them other kid-friendly tasks such as setting the table.


  • 2 cups dry elbow macaroni

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onions

  • 2 cups evaporated fat-free milk

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

  • 1 1/4 cups low-fat cheddar cheese, finely shredded


Preheat oven to 350° F. Cook macaroni according to directions—but do not add salt to the cooking water. Drain and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions to the saucepan and sauté for about 3 minutes.

Remove from the heat and add the cooked macaroni, along with the rest of the ingredients to the saucepan and mix thoroughly.

Spray a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Transfer macaroni mixture into casserole dish. Bake for 25 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 8 servings

Each serving contains 313 calories, 3.6 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 30 mg cholesterol, 230 mg sodium, 54 g carbohydrate, 2.78 g fiber, 11 g sugars, 17 g protein.