As a kid, I was always in the kitchen. Whether it be to sample all the goodies my parents were making, or to lend a helping hand, I was there. So once I was old enough to cook on my own, I made sure I knew how to make some of the delicious meals my parents made. One treasure I always made (and still make today—with some modifications) was macaroni and cheese. I was not a fan of the box brand so I was lucky to have parents who would make a home-made version and of course, a healthier one by sneaking in some veggies. I grew to love broccoli in my mac and cheese because of the infamous cheddar cheese & broccoli combination that many of my friends enjoyed at their homes.
So for this month’s Recipe Redux theme, “What did you cook as a child? Or what are you cooking with kids now? Share a healthy recipe you remember making as a child or how you have fun in the kitchen with some special kids”.
I thought I’d share this special and healthier mac and cheese recipe that is super simple that a kid could make it!
1 tablespoon butter, unsalted
1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used a blend but your favorite cheese will work!)
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 cup whole wheat macaroni pasta, cooked
1/2 cup broccoli, finely chopped
1 tablespoon ground pepper
In a sauce pan, melt butter. Add whole wheat flour and whisk, until a paste is formed.
Slowly add milk to melted butter and flour mixture and mix well, until lumps are gone.
Add shredded cheese and mustard, mix well until cheese is fully melted. Stir in cooked pasta and evenly cover pasta with cheese.
Fold in chopped broccoli and season with ground pepper. Enjoy immediately.
Tip: To make this meal even more nutritious, saute some finely chopped spinach and mushroom. They make great additions to such a simple meal!