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What to add to Mac and Cheese?

Hi! I need suggestions for nutritious foods to bake into macaroni and cheese. I do NOT care about making this "healthy" in a skim milk, low-fat cheese kind of way. I just want to find tasty vegetables / other things that are nutrient-dense to add to my delicious, delicious butter and milk fat. Sometimes I throw in peas, but it seems like I can do better. What else would you suggest?

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  1. Tofu (the soft kind)

    Barley

    Quinoa

    Navy beans

    Wheatberries

    A savory faux-streusal topping (e.g. chopped walnuts, almonds, etc. mixed with a bit of butter and Panko).

    1. I've added spinach, mushrooms or onions in any combination to mac and cheese and it was very good.

        1. chopped ham and broccoli or chopped spinach. My kids love it this way.

          1. It is pretty darn versatile.
            Roasted Chilis, Andoullie Sausage, Corn, roasted Squash, Sauteed Apples.
            Here is a thread about Mac and Cheese additions:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7305...