OH so Cheesy MAC and Cheese for those picky eaters.
Well it’s not a new concept to hide those pesky vegetables into foods. Moms have been doing this for years, and I learned that the trick is to not tell anyone that you hid nutritional goodness into the dinner meal.
Momming is hard enough just getting through the day, and to add making sure that your kids are getting all the nutrition that they need to grow and develop can be overwhelming.
Picky eating is so common among children but lucky for you, so is their love for Mac and Cheese!
Sure it would be amazing if your child would just straight up eat a stalk of broccoli (stay tuned for our blog post on “The Division of Responsibility”) but in the meantime it would be great to get some quality vitamins, fiber and protein into those growing bodies while fueling their daily activities and free play!
Now Mac and Cheese is pretty much a sure bet for most kids so making this meal a well balance nutritional one is a no brainer.
4 Cups whole wheat pasta
1/2 Butternut Squash
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1 cup low sodium canned lentils
10 pitted Kalimantan olives (optional)
1. Pre-heat oven to 375C. Cut and remove outer skin of butternut squash. Cut into cubes. Cut 1/2 of cauliflower into small pieces. Add squash and cauliflower to pot of boiling water. Boil until very tender.
2. In another pot of boiling water, add the pasta. Boil until al dente. Rinse and set aside.
3. Drain squash and cauliflower. Mash together until smooth. Stir in cream cheese and 3/4 of shredded cheese.
4. Combine cooked pasta and squash and cheese mixture into a baking dish. Sprinkle in canned lentils ( for added protein, fiber and iron) add in chopped olives for salt and flavor.
5. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and bake in oven for 15 minutes. Let cool and serve to those kiddos.
6. DONT TELL THEM IT HAS VEGETABLES! LOL - Honestly, this is really only a tatic to be used for those really picky eaters at first.
This recipe contains 15g more fiber, 200mg more vitamin C, 100% of the recommended daily allowance for vitamin A, and 12 g of protein more than the average box of KD.
Yes it may take a hot minute to make but I promise your kids will eat the leftovers.