The cheesier it’s the the more he loves it. I love it myself, but the cheesier it’s, the more fattening it becomes, too. Here are some suggestions to make that family classic a little better for the kids.
Macaroni and cheese is nothing unless it’s dripping cheese from the ends of the noodle. But, the cheese your mother chose doesn’t have to be the exact same cheese that you use. The light version has a third of the fat and melts far 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 more creamy.
How about making that side dish the main meal? Macaroni and cheese can turn into the entire meal if you add some protein. This transforms your dish into cheesy beef and macaroni. The beef will help fill your children up faster and will give them the protein their body requires. For a weekend lunch, add chunks of ham to their macaroni and cheese for a fast meal. The meat breaks up the monotony of just having the identical dish all of the time. Chunks of boneless chicken breasts may also work in addition to 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.
Substitute your pasta. There are so many more healthy alternatives to the normal macaroni pasta noodle. Now, grocery stores offer 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, no one 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 which contain only five grams of digestible carbohydrates. That means nothing to your children, but to you it means they won’t get fat from swallowing that particular brand.
Add some color to their macaroni and cheese. Chop a tomato and stir it into the macaroni and cheese before serving it. The red makes a bold statement in the sea of yellow. Tomatoes contain antioxidants that are great for your body. If your kids prefer hot foods, add a couple of crushed red peppers or diced green and red peppers for their macaroni and cheese for a bolder taste. If you don’t have any peppers or tomatoes available, use a cup of salsa in the macaroni and cheese at a pinch.
Your child would jump at the opportunity to be served macaroni and cheese for breakfast. Add a few pieces of turkey bacon or decreased fat bacon to their plate. If bacon isn’t your child’s favorite, add sausage crumbles. It is unconventional, but it is going to taste good.