Mac 'n' Cheese, Please! 7 Healthy Twists on Your Kid's Favorite Dish

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Michelle Obama's Cauliflower Mac 'n Cheese
Ingredients:
½ pound whole-wheat penne
¼ head cauliflower, cut into florets
8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
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Photo by: National Park Foundation
Michelle Obama's Cauliflower Mac 'n Cheese
Ingredients:
½ pound whole-wheat penne
¼ head cauliflower, cut into florets
8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated
½ cup 1% or 2% milk
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley Directions:
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
2. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil, add the cauliflower, and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until soft. Drain. Place the cauliflower in a blender and puree.
3. In a medium pan over medium heat, place the pasta, the cauliflower puree, the cheeses, and the milk. Stir gently to combine and continue stirring until the cheese is melted.
4. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the chopped parsley over the mac and cheese and serve immediately. less 
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Tue, Feb 19, 2013 5:16 PM EST
My son could eat mac 'n cheese for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Actually, my son has eaten mac 'n cheese for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And as a snack. Max just loves the stuff, hence his nicknames: Maxaroni and Max 'n Cheese. Truth be told, I can't get enough of it, either, and secretly pray he won't finish his bowlful. Alas, he always does. In the scheme of foods, homemade mac 'n cheese can be nutritionally decent enough. It's got good protein, and it's so easy to health up. A few months ago, I discovered the most amazing version made with butternut squash -- particularly genius because the vegetable is the right cheesy color, and it's a good source of Vitamin E, Vitamin B6 and calcium. Max calls it mac 'n cheese pie, and he devours it. I gathered some of the healthiest and tastiest macaroni and cheese recipes from around the web, with all sorts of genius add-ins: Carrots! Cauliflower! Spinach! Avocado! Quinoa! They're from recipe developers, food bloggers and Michelle Obama herself, and every single one is mom-approved and kid-loved! - By Ellen Seidman



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