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Apr 28, 2011 12:31 PM

Vegatable mac & cheese

What veggies do you put in your and do you roast or steam them. I'm trying to get my grands off McDonalds and thought this was a good way to start getting some veggies in thier system.

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  1. i dont add veggies...veggies are usually on the side..but i suppose u could add any veggie u like.
    i usually add meat...cubed or chopped chicken..turkey...ham..
    and for my 3yo sometimes chopped hot dogs...

    1. I think peas could be a good place to start as well as chopped tomatoes. Some kids also like broccoli or cauliflower and it would be interesting to see what they think of a handful of spinach just tossed in at the end. For the veggies that might need cooking, you could just throw them in with the pasta for however long would be needed.

      1. Try the deceptively delicious recipes I think they puree butternut squash and mix it in with the cheese sauce. I’ve never made it myself so I have no idea of how good it is or if your grandkids need their veggies hidden or not.

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        1. re: adido

          I've added the butternut squash in my mac and cheese. It's amazing.

          1. re: gator28

            I tried butternut squash in the mac & cheese for my picky 4 year old son. My 6 year old daughter and I thought it tasted good. My son, however, is like the FBI...he would not eat it. I guess because the texture was a little different.

            I do make a lot of other foods, though, and mix pureed vegetables in. I take a handful each of frozen broccoli and carrots, steam them, puree in food processor. They go into pasta with red sauce, turkey chili, meatloaf to name a few. Works like a charm.

            And yes, I know a lot of people don't agree with this tactic, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

          1. re: chowser

            yes--what i was going to recommend. delicious.

            roasting veggies always tastes better, IMO. we used to have mac and cheese from the blue box as a kid with frozen peas and carrots mixed in. i used to try and pick around the veggies, but would eventually give in and eat it by the heaping spoonful.

            i like breaking cauliflower into tiny florets and sauteeing or roasting them with some garlic, then adding that to my mac now. or do the same with broccoli, peas, string beans, spinach, kale, bell peppers, potatoes, tomatoes (slow roasted tomatoes+cheese+pasta=magic).

            good luck with this!

          2. how about just vegetables in a cheese sauce - cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, potatoes work well without the macaroni.