Saturday, March 9, 2013

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

I don't encourage hiding vegetables in food because I don't think you should have to trick your children into eating something good for them. That being said, we also shouldn't always have to eat vegetables by themselves as a side dish. I've always found cauliflower to be somewhat boring and consequently, we never ate it too much. So when I set out to make some macaroni and cheese for C I decided to try inviting cauliflower to the party. I had plenty of pureed cauliflower cubes in the freezer (I never gave them to C alone, always mixed with sweet potatoes, fruits or beets) so I defrosted some and mixed it in with the cheese sauce. Result? When the macaroni and cheese comes out C often won't eat anything else unless it's coated in the cheese sauce.
Pictured below (clockwise from top): Carrot souffle, cauliflower macaroni & cheese, spinach gnocchi, chicken meatballs

Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese

  • 1 cup uncooked pasta (I used whole wheat elbow macaroni, feel free to use whatever kind you prefer!)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk (can use reduced fat milk for older children and adults)
  • 1/4 cup pureed/mashed cauliflower
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the flour and stir until combined. Cook for about 2 minutes over low heat then pour in the milk while stirring. Bring the sauce to a boil then reduce to a simmer and add the cauliflower puree. Simmer for 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and stir in the grated cheese.Drain the macaroni and add it to the cheese sauce.
If necessary, cut the pasta into smaller pieces before serving it to your child.
Freezing: This recipe can be frozen. I prefer to freeze it in muffin tins lined with plastic wrap. When it's frozen I remove them from the tray, wrap the plastic all around and toss the portions into large freezer bags. That way I have small portions ready!


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