November 20

Recipe For You: Veggie Mac and Cheese with Broccoli

Cooking Classes, Featured, Healthy Family, Recipes


Here’s a popular recipe from our 102 Culinary Series: Veggie Mac and Cheese with Broccoli:


1lb Mac and Cheese
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cups green beans, stems removed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 white onion, chopped
1 bunch of broccoli, with florets removed and chopped into bite-size pieces
2 cups low-fat milk 
1 cup cheddar cheese, freshly grated + extra
All-purpose flour
Olive Oil 
Kosher Salt
Black Pepper


Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add 2 Tbs salt and pasta, and cook until ¨al dente¨ according to the package instructions. Drain in a colander.

In a large pan over medium-high heat, add about 1-2 cups of water until it reaches a simmer, then add broccoli, green beans, onion, a pinch of salt and cook for 3-4 minutes to gently cook the vegetables. Add cherry tomatoes and cook for 1 minute, then remove veggies to a bowl. 

Clean the pan and over medium-high heat add 3 Tbs oil and 3 Tbs flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Add half the milk and cook for 2-3 minutes until slightly thickened then add the second half of milk, 1 tsp salt, and cook, stirring constantly until thickened. Turn heat to low add cheese and stir to make a wonderful and light cheese sauce. Add Pasta and veggies and stir for 2-3 minutes until everything is mixed and warmed through, then serve with a bit of extra cheddar on top and enjoy!

In this lesson we teach students about the origin of Mac and Cheese, how it became popular in the US, and secrets to make it lighter and with fewer calories (but still with a ton of flavor!)

Would you like your students to eat healthy mac and cheese during your after-school program?

If so, Here is a link to book a meeting with our team

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Eric Horwitz

About LIFT

Eric founded LIFT Enrichment in 2010 because he wanted to help young kids develop their culinary skills so they could make healthy foods for friends and family for the rest of their lives.  He has worked with kids for over 15 years and enjoys their energy and enthusiasm for learning new things.  Eric studied abroad in Italy while at UCLA and discovered a passion for cooking.  

Eric Horwitz, Ceo of Lift

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