While I do serve vegetable in plain view (how else will they become familiar?) there comes a point where you think - I really don't want to sit and battle with my kids tonight. Can't they just eat a good meal, quietly and using their manners?
The answer is no. This is my life.
Enter, this mac & cheese. Looks delicious, right? Looks to be the right colour. Right shape. Right .. everything.
Taste? Cheesy. Pasta-y. Delicious.
Both boys (and their Dad) were given samples right after I made it. I turned and headed back into the kitchen, and was followed by Hayden "Mama, I need a bowl and a spoon" and Cameron "Mo'!! Mo'!! Mo'!!
Why is it a win? BECAUSE, inside this pasta hides: butternut squash, carrots and cauliflower. I couldn't even detect the flavour of the veggies, and I was absolutely looking for it. My children were not. Let's be honest - this isn't diet food. But if you have little ones who could stand to gain some weight, and eat some veggies at the same time - this recipe is for YOU.
Here's Cameron digging in (he usually uses a fork, but he actually was shoveling with both hands:
Want to know how to make it? Glad you asked. This is a food blog, and I post recipes and stuff, so it's kind of fitting...
SNEAKY SNEAKY MAC & CHEESE-Y
- 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 small head of cauliflower, cut into pieces
- 1/2 small butternut squash, cut into pieces
- 8 oz elbow pasta
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 2 TBS butter
- In a small saucepan, add the carrots and cauliflower and enough water to just cover the veggies.
- Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, then add the butternut squash, and cook a further 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.
- Drain the veggies, and add them to a blender with 1/2 cup of water. Blend until pureed into a smooth consistency.
- Add the puree to a large saucepan (I used my dutch oven), and add the milk, salt, cheese, cream cheese and butter.
- Heat gently, and use a whisk to blend it as it all melts together.
- Add the cooked pasta to the sauce, and mix well.
- Serve, and smile.
Note: When reheating any leftovers, add a little extra milk - as it can dry out
Source: Adapted from www.twomoreminutes.com
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