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Updated Macaroni and Cheese

Nearly 1 in 5 American children is at increased risk for serious health problems because of obesity.

Macaroni and cheese

To help your kids maintain a healthy weight, keep them active and try some new low-calorie, kid-friendly recipes, like this lower-fat version of a true classic kids love.


  • 2 cups macaroni

  • Nonstick cooking spray (as needed)

  • 2 cups onions, chopped

  • 2 cups evaporated fat-free milk

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

  • 11/4 cups low-fat cheddar cheese, finely shredded


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook macaroni according to directions—but do not add salt to the cooking water. Drain and set aside. Lightly spray saucepan with nonstick cooking spray. Add onions to saucepan and sauté for about three minutes. In another bowl, combine macaroni, onions, and the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly. Spray casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Transfer mixture into casserole dish. Bake for 25 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Makes eight servings

Each serving contains 200 calories, 4 g fat, 34 mg cholesterol, 120 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrates.