Do you sometimes use boxed mac and cheese for your kids or yourself? Yes, homemade mac and cheese is great, but sometimes we need convenient options! If you’re a boxed mac fan, you’re going to love this!
Here’s how we like to modify boxed mac and cheese:
- Add frozen or fresh veggies (peas, small broccoli florets, small cauliflower florets, butternut squash) to the last few minutes of boiling water so they’re fully cooked.
- Use butter (try grassfed if available – it has more CLA and omega-3 fats!), and if you want to add some more protein try plain Greek yogurt instead of milk. Use the same quantity or a little more than what’s called for on the mac and cheese box.
Try this early with your young toddler so that they are used to their mac looking a little different each time! Have an older toddler set in their ways and will only eat the mac and cheese from the blue box? Use the strategies in step 7 of our Toddler & Kid Course to slowly graduate away from foods presented the same way each time.
Additional tips to try:
- Stir in diced chicken, turkey or beans.
- Try lentil or whole grain pasta if you make it from scratch – some boxed brands now use lentil or whole grain pasta!
- Stir in pureed butternut squash for more color and flavor.
- Need to boost calories? Stir in cream cheese or heavy cream.
- Stir in marinara sauce and mini meatballs.
- Add spices – smoked paprika and garlic go great with mac and cheese!