Healthy Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Mealtimes aren’t always a pleasurable experience at my house.  With a 14-month old who’s a picky eater and a 2 1/2-year old who’s an easily distracted eater, successful and peaceful meals have become a less than “normal” event.  I pretty much expect my children to eat whatever I put in front of them, and I don’t give into the temptation to always fix a “kid-friendly” meal.  But like any mom, there are times when I purposely choose to prepare their favorite foods (mostly for the sake of their happiness, but partly for the sake of mine!).  Today’s lunch was one of those times; and my new “kid-friendly” recipe was so successful–in more ways than one–that I’ve decided to share it.  I’ll call it…

“Healthy Mac ‘n’ Cheese”
1 1/2 c 100% whole wheat elbow macaroni
4 oz Velveeta
1/4 c butternut squash, cooked and pureed
milk, for desired consistency
sea salt and pepper, to taste

(I guessed on the amount of Velveeta and butternut squash I used, by the way.  Just add these ingredients to desired taste.)

This sneaky twist on traditional mac ‘n’ cheese is not only delicious but also healthy!  My picky eater wanted seconds, and my easily distracted eater devoured his portion with no delay.  Mark one up for Mom!  (I must say, considering my successful vegetable hiding adventure and my Suzy-Homemaker-like side dish, homemade applesauce, I’m feeling pretty good about myself!) :-)  I’m certain this kid- (and husband-) friendly dish will find it’s way back to our table; and I suggest it finds its way to yours!

And by the way, if you have any good suggestions for my next vegetable hiding adventure, I’d love to hear about them!

One Comment

  1. Megan says:

    We’ve done hamburger with “hidden” zucchini in it. You can do the same with carrots. Just chop them up really fine in the food processor and mix them right into the meat. We’re also a big fan of zucchini “chips”. Basically you coat them in egg white, dip them in bread crumbs and parmasen cheese and bake them. My kids actually think they are chips!