Macaroni & Cheese

By: Deb Lowther macncheese 250

Every kids favorite. So convenient in a box, but lacking any nutrients! This is one meal that needs a makeover! Add pureed vegetables and whole wheat noodles and Mac ‘n’ Cheese becomes a quick dinner everyone loves!

Whole wheat noodles
¼ cup butter
1 onion diced (my kids prefer no onions)
½ cup whole wheat flour
2 cups milk
2 cups shredded cheddar
½ cup pureed squash
½ cup pureed zucchini/cauliflower or carrots

Cook noodles as directed on package. In a separate pan or skillet, melt butter and add onion, cooking until soft.  Add flour and mix into melted butter. Slowly pour in milk and stir often as milk heats up and flour dissolves.  Add cheddar cheese, and pureed vegetables, stirring until mix comes to a boil.  Remove from heat and let cool slightly to thicken.  If too thick add more milk. Add only what you need to noodles, I find I have left over sauce.  It freezes really well and makes the next batch of healthy Mac & Cheese super simple!

Deb Lowther is a mother of 3 young daughters who, when not running after the kids, is running in the trails! She blogs about Raising Healthy Kids and ensures her own have fun while eating healthy & staying active. To read more articles you can visit her websites & or visit her on Twitter @KidsGummyMum or Facebook at IronKids.Health and Adult Essentials.

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