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air fryer frozen mac and cheese bites

Trader Joe’s Mac and Cheese Bites Air Fryer Recipe

Summer Yule
Learn how to make Trader Joe’s Mac and Cheese Bites in the air fryer! This mac and cheese bites air fryer recipe makes a delicious appetizer or snack.
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 3
Calories 190 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 box Trader Joe's mac and cheese bites
  • dipping sauce (optional)

Instructions

  • Put the frozen macaroni and cheese balls in a single layer in your air fryer basket or tray. Don't overcrowd them!
  • Air fry frozen mac and cheese bites for a total of 10 minutes at 400°F (200°C). (Use the top rack if you have an air fryer oven.)
  • Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before serving with dipping sauce.

Notes

This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). Mac and cheese balls are a high fat food that are loaded with white flour. Most would agree this ultra-processed food isn’t the healthiest option out there.
When it comes to treat foods, I try to maintain a balance where I get to have the ones I enjoy most occasionally. I really think these mac n cheese bites are delicious, so I fit them in once in a while. There are some other very common “fun foods” I’m not so enamored with (cough, cough), and those I rarely or never eat.
The package for Trader Joe’s mac and cheese bites lists number of servings as 3.5, or about 3 bites per person. I think a realistic serving size is more like half the box (5 bites). 
Many ultra-processed foods have 10-20 servings per package. It should be easier to practice portion control here simply because you’re getting fewer servings in the package.
Trader Joe’s mac n cheese balls get about 50% of their calories from fat. Only 28 of the 190 calories per serving come from protein. 
If you wanted to integrate these into a balanced (and hopefully filling) meal, enjoy a small serving, and add in some lean protein and veggies. The mac and cheese bites count as a high-fat starch (i.e., grains). There’s really no need to add more starchy foods, such as noodles, rice, or bread.
Can you fry mac and cheese bites? You could, but these are already very high fat and I don’t recommend it. They’ll be healthier and less greasy if you skip the deep frying and air fry them instead.
 
This nutrition information is for 3 Trader Joe's mac and cheese bites without dipping sauce. Nutrition information will vary depending on your portion size.

Nutrition

Calories: 190kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 7gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 280mgPotassium: 90mgFiber: 2gCalcium: 8% DVIron: 4% DV
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