Foodie Friday

Healthy Recipe of the Week

Baked Mac and Cheese

A warm comfort meal with a healthy twist!


Image source: YMCA of Greater Seattle


  • 12 ounces whole Wheat Elbow Macaroni (*may be substituted for chickpea pasta)
  • 4 cups Baby Spinach
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ onion (minced)
  • ¼ cup Flour of choice 
  • 2 cups Milk of choice
  • 1 cup Vegetable Broth
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese (grated)
  • Black Pepper and Salt, to taste


Preheat oven to 375°F and grease a 9″ by 12” baking dish. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Place the spinach in a colander in the sink and drain the pasta over it to wilt slightly. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender (about 5 minutes). Reduce heat to low and whisk in the flour (cook for about two minutes). Add the milk and vegetable broth and bring to a boil, whisking continually until thickened. Remove from heat. Add nutmeg and cheddar cheese, a little at a time. Season with black pepper and salt. Stir in cooked pasta and baby spinach. Top with parmesan cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until bubbly.

Yields: 4 servings





YMCA. (2021, August 10). Recipe: Baked mac and cheese. YMCA of Greater Seattle Blog.

About rrluthi

Certified fitness expert with a passion for educating and empowering people of all ages (young "kiddos" to the active aging "baby boomers") about the benefits of adopting and maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle, preventing injury, and feeling good. Proven strengths applying cutting-edge fitness/wellness concepts and research through roles as a health coach, fitness trainer, group exercise instructor, and rehabilitation aide—in addition to promoting these concepts in a more systematic way through blogging and social media, community outreach, and corporate wellness program facilitation.
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2 Responses to Foodie Friday

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Wow!!! Good for breakfast, lunch or dessert lol!

    Liked by 1 person

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