The cheesier it’s the the more he enjoys it. I love it myself, but the cheesier it’s, the more fattening it becomes, too. Here are a few ideas to make that family classic somewhat better for your kids.
Macaroni and cheese is nothing unless it’s dripping cheese from both ends of the noodle. But, the cheese your mom chose doesn’t have to be the exact same cheese that you use. Pick Velveeta® Light cheese spread. The light version has a third of the fat and melts much better than regular cheese. This cheese works well in the event that you prepare your macaroni and cheese in a pot on the stovetop. If you are a individual that bakes your macaroni and cheese like a casserole, you can substitute skillet sharp cheddar for the full fat version and use skim milk to make it creamy.
How about making that side dish the main meal? Macaroni and cheese can turn into the whole meal if you add some protein. Turn your side dish into a casserole dinner with lean ground beef. This transforms your dish to cheesy beef and macaroni. The beef will help fill your kids up faster and will give them the protein that their body needs. For a weekend lunch, add chunks of ham to their macaroni and cheese for a quick meal. The meat breaks up the monotony of just having the same dish all of the time. Chunks of boneless chicken breasts may also work as well as the ham if your child prefers chicken. Hotdogs also work with macaroni and cheese but as a result of the nitrites they contain, don’t use them as frequently as you use the chicken and ham.
There are several more healthy alternatives to the normal macaroni pasta noodle. Now, grocery stores provide a whole wheat or multigrain pasta that’s derived from wheat flour rather than white. The pasta is brownish in colour but when you add the cheese, nobody will know the difference. If brown pasta doesn’t do it for you, Barilla® makes pasta called Barilla Plus® that has additional nutrients to make it more nutritious for the eater. The pasta remains the natural yellowish color. Dreamfields® has macaroni noodles that contain only five grams of digestible carbohydrates. That means nothing to your children, but to you it means they won’t get fat from consuming that specific brand.
Add some colour to their macaroni and cheese. Chop a tomato and stir it into the macaroni and cheese prior to serving it. The red makes a bold statement in the sea of yellow. Tomatoes contain antioxidants that are terrific for your body. If your kids prefer hot foods, add a few crushed red peppers or diced red and green peppers to their macaroni and cheese for a bolder taste. If you do not have any peppers or tomatoes available, use a cup of salsa in the macaroni and cheese in a pinch.
Your child would jump at the chance to be served macaroni and cheese for breakfast. Add a few pieces of turkey bacon or reduced fat bacon to their plate. If bacon is not your kid’s favorite, add sausage crumbles. It is unconventional, but it is going to taste good.