Mac ’n’ cheese continues to be one of the favorite American comfort foods. You can never have enough varieties to choose from of this cheesy, creamy family staple.
There’s not a kids’ menu in the United States that doesn’t offer some variation of macaroni and cheese — the favorite — if not the most popular — of American comfort foods. Kraft now sells more than one million boxes every day! The beauty of these easy mac 'n cheese recipes is that even the packaged version offers ample opportunity for Sneaky Chefs to slip in extra nutrition that even the toughest little critics won’t detect. Try to keep a straight face as your kids beg for more of these surprisingly healthy variations.
Note: Yellow macaroni and cheese usually contains yellow food dye (which has come under scrutiny for good reason), whereas the white version does not. If your child insists on yellow, you can add a slice of yellow American or cheddar cheese and a dash of paprika to the white cheese sauce, which will help safely change the color to yellow without affecting the taste.
Each of the nutritional boosters listed here are nutrient-dense superfoods and have been kid-tested and has proven to be undetectable in taste, texture and color. Start by adding the least amount recommended of just one of the nutritional boosters listed below. Add a little more each time you serve this dish (which is served in our house every day!).You can also mix two or more of thesuperfood boosters as long as the total is no more than about 1/2 cup total of puree per six ounce box of macaroni and cheese.
• 2 to 4 tablespoons butternut squash puree (frozen or baby food squash puree)
• 1 to 2 slices American cheese or 1⁄4 cup grated cheddar cheese - for extra protein & calcium