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).
- 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
- Using a medium pot, add water, salt and olive oil. Bring to a boil.
- Add pasta. Cook until desired consistency (note that whole wheat pasta takes a little bit longer to cook). Drain pasta and set aside.
- 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...
- 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.
- Add the chopped chicken breast and spinach to the cheese sauce. Stir until blended, about 3 minutes under low heat.
- Combine the pasta with the sauce. Stir until well mixed.
- 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!