Insanely Easy Hidden Veggie Mac and Cheese

Insanely Easy Hidden Veggie Mac and Cheese

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).

Hidden Veggie Mac and Cheese Ingreidients

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.

pumpkins

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.

Hidden Veggie Mac and Cheese

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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Sources –

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/279610.php

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/281438.php

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/284479.php

 

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  • MiniCooper says:

    That is a really great way to make carbelicious items healthier! Let’s say i have a little more time and want to up my veggie intake but pass on the baby food. Could you vary this recipe a little for an adult foodie?

    • Dana says:

      That is a great question MiniCooper! I think a wonderful vegetable to pair with mac and cheese would be broccoli. Broccoli and cheese go together like peanut butter and jelly, like eggs and toast, like Stella and Sam…okay anyway you get my point. I would steam some fresh broccoli until just tender and then toss it into your finished mac and cheese. You could even top it off with some freshly grated parmesan. Hope this helps!

  • MiniCooper says:

    That’s a good idea too! But I guess my question was a little different. When I am with my friends who have small kids, and we want to prepare some quick food, sometimes adults get stuck eating stuff we are not super excited about. Is there a way to upgrade the blended veggie component in this recipe a bit so it might be a good compromise for picky kids AND discerning adults?

  • Dana says:

    AH! Ok, I got you…Cascadian Farms makes a winter squash puree that would work really well. You could mix this in with your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe. They sell it at Kroger or you can get it at Amazon (http://amzn.to/2dfY58F). Another option would be to add some canned pumpkin. Make sure to up the milk and butter though until you get a good saucy consistency. Canned pumpkin can make things a little thick. I hope this helps!!

  • Jonna says:

    This might be the most amazing idea I’ve ever seen! My son loves Mac n cheese & the only way I can get him to eat veggies is these pouches! Do u have any other recipes for using the pouches in other meals? Thanks!

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I'm a working mom with two adorable (and completely menacing) children. I do my best to make healthy foods and chemical free self care items for my family. Here I share with you, what works for us!

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