I don’t know about your kids, but my kids LOVE mac and cheese. Does anyone not like mac and cheese??? Doubtful. I grew up eating the blue box brand of mac and cheese like most people I know. It was a pantry staple. Kraft does make organic mac and cheese now but I have only ever seen it on Amazon. I still choose to pick up the Annie’s brand. They have it at Costco in a case and my family likes it. They also have it on Amazon (here), you can have some delivered right to your front door! The secret ingredient to my mac and cheese is a pouch of organic baby food. This adds the hidden veggies easily without all the extra prep work of steaming or roasting veggies and then pureeing them. The hard part is already done for me. I just make sure to pick up theses pouches when I am at the grocery store or order them from Amazon (get them here) so they are on hand for mac and cheese and my freezer pancakes (recipe here).
I use the Gerber organic sweet potato, squash, and pumpkin blend. Number 1, it’s orange so it blends right in to mac and cheese unnoticed. My daughter can easily pick out a speck of parsley and refuse to eat if she is feeling sassy. So the fact that this is undetectable is a major plus. Number 2, this blend is super good for you.
Butternut squash is loaded with vitamin A, and is also a good source of fiber, potassium, and magnesium. Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin so consuming this mac and cheese, which contains butter (we use grass fed), helps your body absorb it more efficiently. Vitamin A is great for healthy vision, neurological function, healthy skin, and is a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin A helps build strong bones and supports a strong immune system. Pumpkin has many of the same benefits as butternut squash. It is a very nutrient dense food and one that tastes great. Pumpkin also contains vitamin A, along with vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. Sweet potato also has many similar health benefits of squash and pumpkin. It contains vitamin A, potassium, and fiber as well as beta carotene and choline. This stuff is nutritious.
On a busy weeknight when my kids want to eat mac and cheese I serve this up. Is it a nutrient dense, scratch made meal? No. Is it better than just a serving of blue box mac and cheese? Sure, I think so. Anyway, this recipe is really so simple that it’s not even a recipe. All you have to do is follow the directions on the box. After you boil the pasta and drain it, add a pat of butter and the veggie pouch. Stir it well so it is all incorporated then add the cheese and milk and continue to stir until it’s all rich and creamy. There you have it, simple hidden veggie mac and cheese. You’re welcome.
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