Sneaky Veggie-Filled Mac and Cheese Recipe (for kids!)
Have I mentioned my kids love Macaroni and Cheese? Surely not. There are only more than a dozen mac and cheese recipes on the site. And even plain macaroni noodles are pretty much our go-to lunchbox food for Bug. It’s one of the few things she’ll ALWAYS eat. Macaroni is my best friend when I realize late at night that I’ve forgotten to pack her LunchBlox! I knew I had to find a sneaky veggie-filled mac and cheese recipe for my kids.
This mac and cheese version is adapted from the Sneaky Chef and is adapted to be a quick 30-minute meal. The original recipe uses Sneaky Chef’s White Puree. Instead, I used half pureed cauliflower and half carrot, which are two pureed veggies I almost always have on hand. Really, as long as you can sneak it in (try to stick to orange, white or tan purees here), any veggies will do!
Sneaky Veggie-Filled Mac and Cheese
1/2 pound macaroni noodles, cooked
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup carrot puree
1/4 cup cauliflower puree
2 cups shredded cheese
Preheat oven to 375.
Whisk together milk, cheese and veggie purees.
In a 9-inch baking pan, place noodles in and pour sauce over.
Bake at 375 for 30 minutes or until bubbly and browned.
Recipe Source: VeggieConverter.com
Wow. When did baked mac and cheese get so simple?? Just whisk up milk and veggies and throw the cheese on top? What! No roux-making to screw up? Awesome. And, it’s delicious and fast. Winner!