Today I decided to make some healthy homemade mac and cheese for my little man’s lunch. It was a hit! I have been working on expanding his pallet. Trying new flavors and combo.

Today’ recipe I originally found through the Baby Bullet cookbook. I altered it a bit. I added spinach for added veggies and nutrition.

  • Whole grain pasta shells. I used Barilla. They said a cup of cooked but I just guessed and sprinkled some in the boiling water.
  • Steamed, one yellow squash
  • 1/4 cup mild shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup ricotta
  • 3 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • handful of organic baby spinach (not cooked)
  • When the squash was tender I combined it with the cheeses, milk, butter, and sspinach. I pureed that all together to create the cheese sauce. I then put it in a small sauce pan to heat through. Only for a few minutes.
  • When the noodles were done I combined it with the cheese sauce in a bowl and stirred together until it was all well coated/mixed.

Green mac and cheese

It looked a little greener in person, but you get the idea. As you can see below I served it with some strawberries.

mmm momma!

I didn’t hear much of a peep from him during the entire meal. He loved it so much. He was covered in cheesy goodness by the time he was done. Every time I looked at him he would just smile at me. That is how you know a man loves his meal, he is quiet and if you do make eye contact he smiles!

cheese face

I tried some of the sauce. I make a habit of trying the meals I make for him. That way I can understand his tastes and know if there is a reason behind his hatred for certain things! Sometimes I thoroughly disagree with his protests and sometimes I think oh yes, this is awful. This sauce was yummy. I think I am going to make it into a family dinner soon. My hubby could use the sneaky veggies as much as Jack can!