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We’ve served a lot of buttered bagels, chicken nuggets and pepperoni pizza lately. It’s what the boys have been requesting. They’re familiar foods in an unfamiliar time. If your kids have been asking for their favorite (less nutrient dense) comfort foods; it’s a good time to meet those needs. You can always round out those Doritos with a PB&J, apples and carrot sticks.

Today, MNT dietitian, Chef Willie Clayton is offering a comforting recipe that the whole family can enjoy: Baked Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Veggies. What better comfort food is there than baked mac and cheese?

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  • Create exact meal plans based on YOUR personal nutrition goals
  • Provide an overview of when to prep food for upcoming meals 
  • Help generate fresh ideas for all the mouths in your family  
  • Be your kitchen “coach” guide you in more efficient ways to get meals on the table. 

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mac and cheese ready to bake

Baked Mac and Cheese with Chicken & Vegetables


  • Author: Willie Clayton
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Ingredients

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  • 16 oz. whole-wheat pasta 
  • 1, 10 oz. bag frozen chopped spinach
  • 2 c. shredded chicken
  • 2 t. Old Bay seasoning mix
  • 1 c. Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 T. Cream cheese
  • ¾ c. Sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ c. milk

 

 


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. While oven is preheating, follow the directions for cooking pasta BUT only cook for 1/2 the time to have noodles al dente.  
  3. Place pasta in a baking dish 
  4. In a microwave safe bowl combine milk, cream cheese, and sharp cheddar. Cook in the microwave in 30 sec intervals until melted. Mix until this resembles a cheese sauce. 
  5. Add the cheese sauce to the baking dish and combine with shredded chicken, spinach pasta, and old Bay seasoning mix. 
  6. In a small bowl combine olive oil with Panko bread crumbs. Top the baking dish. 
  7. Place in oven and bake until bubbling and golden brown (about 20 minutes). 
  8. Remove from oven let cool for 10 minutes, serve and enjoy. 
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: baked

Keywords: baked mac and cheese

Jennifer McDaniel

Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons. If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please visit our contact page.