Disney’s Mini Mac-and-Cheese

Disney’s Mini Mac-and-Cheese

Disney's Mini Mac-and-Cheese by whatscookingwithruthie.com

Our younger kids LOVE the Mac and Cheese at Disneyland SO, when I ran into this healthy Mini Mac and Cheese in the Disney Family Fun Magazine I just had to try it- our whole family totally loved it!  You’ll love it too :)

Did you know that Disney has a healthy food initiative?  They do and I think it’s so awesome!

Disney Magic of Healthy Living

Here’s a link:  http://disney.go.com/magic-of-healthy-living/.

Mickey Check!

Disney has a Mickey Check program that helps you pick out healthy items on menus in the parks. It makes it easier to identify nutritious choices that address family needs.  Foods featuring the Mickey Check is available in stores, online, and on vacation at various locations throughout Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts meet the Disney Nutrition Guidelines.  Specific nutrition guideline information for all food categories is made available at www.disneymickeycheck.com  or by scanning with your smart phone.

I was actually really impressed with the increased availability of healthy food choices everywhere at Disneyland!  We hadn’t been since 2010 and then it was especially hard to find healthy lunch items but now you find healthy fare at every restaurant!  I was really impressed with the NEW Jolly Holiday Bakery they have a nice variety of healthy menu items!  Here’s a photo I took of the menu cuz I’m a foodie like that…

Jolly Holiday Menu by whatscookingwithruthie.com

I’m telling you that Tomato Basil Soup is just to-die-for :)

 

 

The Bakery is themed after the Mary Poppins movie and the decor is just adorable!

Penguin stain glass windows…

A cute Mary Poppins statue in a display case…

Jolly Holiday Silhouettes…

Next time you are in Disneyland you simply must stop the Jolly Holiday Bakery and taste the new fare, it’s wonderfully amazing!  (the last six photo’s are from this link Dining in Disneyland)

AND now back to our  Disney’s Mini Mac-and-Cheese recipe…

 

Disney’s Mini Mac-and-Cheese
Author: Ruthie
Recipe type: Main Dish
Prep time:  15 mins
Cook time:  15 mins
Total time:  30 mins
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 C whole grain elbow noodles, uncooked
  • 1½ C shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ C plus 2 Tbsp grated parmesan
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ C 1% milk
  • ½ C reduced fat ricotta cheese
  • 3 C frozen broccoli florets, thawed and chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 C panko bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees and coat a standard 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Cook the macaroni according to package directions, drain, and transfer to large bowl.
  3. Add the cheddar and ½ C of the parmesan to noodles and stir until melted. I
  4. n a separate bowl, lightly beat eggs, then whisk in the milk and ricotta.
  5. Combine egg and noodle mixtures.
  6. Stir in broccoli, green onions, nutmeg, mustard, salt, and pepper.
  7. Divide evenly among the muffin wells.
  8. In a small bowl, melt butter, add panko and remaining parmesan, stir until incorporated.
  9. Evenly divide among macaroni cups and use fingers to lightly press into each cup and pack each well.
  10. Bake until set and lightly browned, appox 15 minutes.
  11. Let cool 5 minutes before removing. Enjoy!
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*I adapted this recipe from Disney Family Fun Magazine

Disney's Mini Mac-and-Cheese by whatscookingwithruthie.com

Here are few more photo’s from our second day at Disneyland…

Our second day at Disneyland was slightly eventful because it started raining like cats and dogs!  Luckily, we’d stopped by Target on our way over and grabbed these really awesome poncho’s… they totally saved us!

Disney's Mini Mac-and-Cheese by whatscookingwithruthie.com

We weren’t hard to spot in our fancy Target Poncho’s… notice the cheddar cheese color filling the back of the train- THAT would be us!

Disney's Mini Mac-and-Cheese by whatscookingwithruthie.com

AND here again… my husband is the crazy man with the blacked out head in this Space Mountain picture:

Disney's Mini Mac-and-Cheese by whatscookingwithruthie.com

The Holiday Decorations in Cars Land were absolutely adorable… SO cute!  You totally felt like you walked right into the movie (I’ll post more photo’s of our day in Cars Land on Monday and a top secret Disney recipe!)

Disney's Mini Mac-and-Cheese by whatscookingwithruthie.com

We loved the new Cars Land in California Adventures… here’s a couple of pictures from the first time we rode Radiator Springs Racers:

Disney's Mini Mac-and-Cheese by whatscookingwithruthie.com

Disney's Mini Mac-and-Cheese by whatscookingwithruthie.com

 

I hope you enjoy this fabulous and healthy Disney’s Mini Mac-and-Cheese recipe and a little look at the healthy side of Disneyland dining!

I’ll be back on Tuesday with a little more Disneyland fun!  But, tomorrow I’m SO excited to introduce you to one of our new monthly contributors!  AND on Saturday come and share your latest and greatest at Super Saturday Show and Tell!!

Check out these other Delicious Disney recipes:  Disneyland’s Chocolate Caramel PretzelsDisney’s Caramel Apple Pie,

Disney’s Flo’s V8 Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Love,

Ruthie

 

I shared this recipe at The Shabby Creek Cottage,

Comments

  1. Fredericka says

    Hi Ruthie! I’m going to try this out because comfort food does not often intersect with healthy ingredients. I just wanted to point out that the woman in the 8th picture posing next to a man is actually my third grade teacher!

    • Ruth says

      You’re totally going to love this Mac and Cheese! What a small world that your teacher is in a photo… cool! I’m so glad you found me and I hope you’ll stop by again soon. xoxo~ Ruthie

  2. Megan @thepinkflour says

    These look so good, Ruthie! And I’m so jealous you got to try the jolly holiday bakery and go to cars land. I’ve been wanting to go but haven’t found the time! Disneyland is fun in the rain too-makes the lines shorter :)

    • Ruth says

      When you go you MUST try the Jolly Holiday Bakery… super good! The rain did help keep the people away for sure and we were dry with our poncho’s so it was a win-win! Thanks for the fun comment! xoxo~ Ruthie

  3. says

    You had me at Disney! I can’t wait to see more Cars Land photos. My kids love it there. We went last summer when it just opened and the lines were horrific (but so worth it!). I’ve never been to the Jolly Holiday Bakery but I’m definitely adding it to our to-do list. Can’t wait to try out this Mac recipe.

  4. says

    Appreciating the dedication you put into your website and in depth
    information you provide. It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same old rehashed
    material. Wonderful read! I’ve saved your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

    • Ruthie says

      Thank you so much for your kind words… I love this little space of mine. It’s so nice to meet you and I’m so glad we will stay in touch! Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo~ Ruthie

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