Healthy Mac and Cheese with Veggies – low carb

This veggie based “Mac & Cheese” is currently my fave low carb, no-starch comfort food recipe. I love how easy it is to make, and I love that when I am devouring all these nutrient dense veggies and gooey goat cheese, I am whisked away to memories of being a kid at Grandma’s enjoying her old school oven baked (gluten-filled) macaroni and cheese. Don’t tell Grandma, but if I were forced to make a choice between which mac & cheese I want nowadays, it’s THIS one, hands down!! But that’s also because eating gluten & grains these days makes my body feel like utter crap, whereas veggies & goat cheese makes me feel amazing!! 

Healthy Mac and Cheese with Veggies! Low Carb + Gluten Free REAL FOOD Recipe from http://www.forestandfauna.com/

This recipe is really flexible and forgiving. I encourage you to use your fave low carb & orange veggies! I personally love this using a base of kohlrabi, golden beets, and sweet onion, and those are the veggies I used for the photos you see along with this mild goat milk cheddar. If you are after a lower carb count, feel free to use zucchini, cauliflower, mushrooms, or whatever you please. Just be sure to slice you veggies in small macaroni like shapes, and you may find yourself forgetting you are even eating your veggies too.

Healthy Mac and Cheese with Veggies! Low Carb + Gluten Free REAL FOOD Recipe from http://www.forestandfauna.com/

Healthy Mac and Cheese with Veggies! Low Carb + Gluten Free REAL FOOD Recipe from http://www.forestandfauna.com/

Healthy Mac and Cheese with Veggies - low carb

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 to 4 servings
Author Andrea Wyckoff

Ingredients

  • 6 cups to 8 sliced low carb veggies of your choice: zucchini yellow squash, kohlrabi, cauliflower, rutabaga, mushrooms, fennel bulb, radish, asparagus, etc.
  • 2 cups to 4 orange veggies your choice: carrot golden beets, sweet potato, orange bell peppers, etc. (or use more low carb veggies instead)
  • 1 cup sweet onion or yellow onion sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoons to 2 goat milk butter or avocado oil
  • Tablespoons optional: 2 to 4 "milk" of your choice
  • 1 1/2 cups to 2 shredded goat cheddar or your fave cheese
  • 2 oz to 4 soft goat cheese or cream cheese
  • sea salt & black pepper to taste
  • fresh herbs your choice: dill chives, basil, oregano, parsley

Instructions

  1. Note: I make this all the time for a quick easy comfort food meal! It turns out great every time when I use "rough measurements". My fave veggies to use are: kohlrabi, golden beets, and sweet onions, but I encourage you to use your faves.
  2. Rinse, wash, peel veggies of your choice. Then slice them into short & thin strips, similar in size to macaroni noodles.
  3. Heat up a large skillet over medium high heat.
  4. Add butter and veggies that take the longest to cook first (like sweet potatoes, kohlrabi, beets, carrot, onion.) Cook these veggies for a total of 14 to 18 minutes or until soft. Half way through cooking time add in the veggies that cook faster, like zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms, and asparagus. Add in minced garlic half way through too. I usually add a couple tablespoons of "milk" (coconut milk) towards the end of the cooking time to help keep the veggies soft.
  5. When veggies are nicely cooked and soft, turn off heat, add in shredded cheese, and soft goat cheese. Reserve a handful of shredded cheese to place on top.
  6. Stir veggies and cheese together well, then spoon veggies into individual serving bowls, ramekins, or a casserole dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese and minced fresh herbs on top. Set under the oven broiler on high for a few minutes to brown the cheese on top.
  7. Serve.

Estimated Nutrition Info base on making 4 servings total using: 4 cups cauliflower, 2 cups zucchini, 2 cups carrot, 1/2 yellow onion, 1 tablespoon goat milk butter, 1 1/2 cups goat cheddar, 2 oz soft goat cheese.

estimated nutrition for veggie mac and cheese

Shared at: Allergy Free Wednesday + The Alder Collective + Savoring Saturdays + Sunday Fitness & Food + Simply Natural Saturday

17 thoughts on “Healthy Mac and Cheese with Veggies – low carb

  1. I truly love this idea! Is it sad that I had to look up kohlrabi right now? I don’t tolerate goat milk well, but I am going to try it with the avocado oil and raw cheddar. I love your blog, by the way, you’ve had some awesome ideas! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Lauren! I only discovered kohlrabi a couple years ago, and I love it cuz it’s super low in starch, and has a flavor that makes me think of an “earthy potato”. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. Andrea -this is my kind of Mac and Cheese. Love how you gave one of the yummiest dishes a healthy nutritious spin. Pinning and stumbleing! Love it!

  3. I am always looking for new ways to get move veggies in and I love this switched-up “mac” and cheese 🙂 Plus, it’s super flexible – total win. Gimme a huge bowl and I’ll be a happy lady!

  4. This was so good! I used celeriac, golden beets, mushrooms and the onion and I decided a double batch will be made next time. I love how creative you are! I’ve yet to try something of yours that wasn’t a win and I always get excited when I see a new post. Thank you.

  5. Oh wow this looks AMAZING!!! Want. Some. Now. Pretty much how I always feel about all of your recipes. Love them! Thanks for sharing it with us at Savoring Saturdays last week.

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