NUTRICIOUS MAC & CHEESE

My daughter is obsessed with mac & cheese as I assume a lot of toddlers are. Here's a nutritious recipe for mac & cheese with a twist. This recipe serves one hungry toddler. Multiply quantities for more people (It's so yummy, I make it for the three of us). 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pasta (small elbows are perfect bite size)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 sliced of american cheese (I use Kraft singles)
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon margarine or butter
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • Chicken breast about the size of your palm
  • Handful of spinach- about 20 leaves

Directions:

  1. Using a medium pot, add water, salt and olive oil. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add pasta. Cook until desired consistency (note that whole wheat pasta takes a little bit longer to cook). Drain pasta and set aside. 
  3. Meanwhile, chop the chicken breast in tiny tiny tiny squares almost to the point where you don't see it. Same with the spinach, chop very small. Disguise as much as possible... 
  4. Using the same pot, melt the cheese, margarine (or butter) and cream cheese using low heat. Once melted, add the whole milk to make the cheese sauce more liquid. Stir.
  5. Add the chopped chicken breast and spinach to the cheese sauce. Stir until blended, about 3 minutes under low heat. 
  6. Combine the pasta with the sauce. Stir until well mixed.
  7. Lastly, enjoy! Happy toddler, Happy parents. 

This yummy recipe has everything: whole grains, dairy, protein and veggies. It tastes delicious and my picky baby eats it all up!

With Love,
Myriam