Yes, I know that macaroni and cheese is not that great for your child. I also know that it's a staple of childhood. Now that Kraft has no artificial colors or flavors, I feel OK giving it to my child every fortnight or so.
She is one year old, and she loves cheese. What kid doesn't? The problem is, I want to make sure that she gets her vegetables and fruits as well. She eats fruit like a pro but only likes broccoli and peas for veggies.
So, here's how we make boxed pasta taste great! (You may also use this same technique with your own pasta and homemade cheese sauce. We tend to do that more often).
1. Boil the pasta according to the manufacturer's instructions. We are using Dory shaped pasta and that's 11-12 minutes. While cooking the pasta, steam 1/4-1/2 cup broccoli.
2. Drain pasta into a collander. Take the pot and rinse it thoroughly. Rinse the broccoli under cold water.
3. Set the pot back on the stovetop over medium heat, and add the milk, butter, and cheese sauce. Stir well. Add a pinch of shredded cheddar cheese (we shred this ourselves using a cheese grater). Continue to stir. Allow the cheddar cheese to melt completely. The sauce may look sticky. Remove from heat.
4. Mince the broccoli using a chopper. We use one from Pampered Chef. It works great and is easy to clean.
5. Add the noodles and broccoli to the cheese sauce and stir thoroughly. Allow to cool. Serve.
Aha! Doesn't THAT taste delicious? Try substituting cauliflower as well. Nom!