Mac and Cheese Makeover: 11 Tasty, Healthy Recipes

You’re craving mac and cheese, but not so much the caloric bomb that usually accompanies it. No prob; there are some mighty delicious and — believe it or not — healthier alternatives to the decadent, cheesy dish we know and love. From cauliflower subbing in for mac to dairy-free cheese sauce, we’ve got enough recipes here to satisfy your craving and then some.

Mac and Cheese with a Delicious Twist

Stovetop Avocado Mac and Cheese

avocado mac and cheese

The avocado adds enough richness and depth of flavor to cut back on the cheese. Find the recipe at Two Peas And Their Pods.

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

pumpkin mac and cheese

Like avocado, pumpkin”s creaminess is a perfect addition to the cheesy dish. Find the recipe at The Law Student’s Wife.

Sweet Potato Mac n’ Cheese

sweet potato mac and cheese

Get a nice boost of antioxidants and fiber by subbing in sweet potato. Find the recipe at Eat Life Whole.

Cauliflower Mac ‘n’ Cheese

cauliflower mac and cheese

No need for pasta at all in this recipe! The cauliflower soaks in all of the cheesy goodness. Find the recipe at WorldLifestyle.

Mac and Cheese for Meat Lovers

Lighter Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

buffalo mac and cheese

“Light” isn”t often used with “buffalo chicken” or mac and cheese,” but Iowa Girl Eats finds a way to make it happen. Find the recipe at Iowa Girl Eats.

Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac ‘n Cheese with Peas and Bacon

mac and cheese with bacon

Greek yogurt is a creamy, tangy addition to mac and cheese that packs in protein as well. Find the recipe at Running To The Kitchen.

Mac and Cheese with Lots o” Veggies

Macaroni and Cheese with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

mac and cheese with spinach

You”ll have no problem getting your kids to eat their veggies if you sneak them into this dish. Find the recipe at My Indiana Home.

Skinny Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

skinny mac and cheese

Broccoli and cheese go together like PB and J. Find the recipe at Skinny Taste.

Classic Mac and Cheese Made Lighter

Healthy Mac and Cheese

healthy mac and cheese

Mac and cheese purists will appreciate this fuss-free recipe that”s lighter on the calories, but not on the flavor. Find the recipe at Pinch Of Yum.

Mac and Cheese for Vegans

Vegan Mac Cheese

mac and cheese with peas

Vegan friends, your dreams of a delicious mac and cheese substitute have come true! Find the recipe at Love And Lemons.

Vegan Quinoa Mac Cheese

vegan mac and cheese

Quinoa absorbs any kind of sauce, so why not make it a savory cheese sauce? Find the recipe at Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth.