Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Healthy Macaroni and Cheese

Friday, April 12, 2013

Healthy Macaroni and Cheese

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  One of my favorite cookbooks for kids is Deceptively Delicious. I love all the sneaky recipes that Jessica Seinfield has for busy mamas. She knows how hard it is to get those munchkins to eat their veggies. It can feel like a standoff when trying to get them to take those last few bites of vegetables. I love recipes like this macaroni and cheese because for the first time the white flags are waved in a truce, as those munchkins happily gobble up their mac and cheese. This is every busy mamas dream come true moment. I like to make this recipe with cauliflower puree, since that is usually what I have on hand. You can use squash puree or carrot puree too. So take your pick and get to cooking. Dinner just got a whole lot easier lovelies:)

“Healthy” Macaroni and Cheese

1 ½ cups elbow macaroni or shells
1 tbl olive oil
1 tbl all-purpose flour
½ cup milk
½ cup butternut squash puree, carrot puree, or cauliflower puree
1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 ounces cream cheese
½ tsp salt
1/8 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp pepper
1 tbl flax seed (here is why I use it)

- Cook macaroni according to package directions and drain. While the macaroni is cooking, coat a large saucepan with cooking spray. Add the oil and flour. Mix together until to it resembles a thick paste, but has not browned. This will take 1 to 2 minutes.

- Add the milk and cook, stirring every now and then, until the mixture begins to thicken, about 3-4 minutes. Add the vegetable puree, shredded cheese, cream cheese, flax seed, and seasonings. Stir until the cheeses are melted and the sauce is smooth. Stir cooked macaroni. Serve warm.

*This recipe provides a great source of calcium to that family of yours, a full serving to be exact :)

Print recipe HERE.

XO Danielle
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