Hide the veggies…

I don’t think I need to post a recipe for mac & cheese but I do want to share a clever idea. Hide veggies in your kids mac & cheese! Brilliant!

Most of the time my kids will eat their veggies but there are occasions when they will refuse or only eat certain ones. If I would let them, they would eat mac & cheese for lunch every day but I try to limit to once a week. That being said, I had still been looking for a way to make it a little more nutritious. They now know that when they ask me to make mac & cheese, that it will always come with veggies mixed in.

All I do is prepare the mac & cheese as directed on the box (we have found that Annie’s classic is the best tasting organic mac & cheese, but often get sucked into buying whatever box of Annie’s has a character on it). Heat up some veggies on the stove ( we buy organic mixed frozen veggies from Costco) and then toss it all together. *note: If you are going to use organic mac & cheese, make sure you then use organic butter and organic milk to prepare it with, otherwise it defeats the purpose.

Add some fruit, fresh mozzarella, carrot sticks, vitamins, a slice of ham, and you have got yourself a well-balanced lunch.

Sometimes when I’m feeling extra sneaky, I will sprinkle some of this fiber in the mac and cheese as well.


Crock-pot italian shrimp & veggie pasta


You will need:

Combine all ingredients except for the shrimp in slow cooker. Cook on low for 5 hours or until veggies are tender. Add shrimp and cook on low an additional hour. Serve over pasta and top with parmesan cheese.

This was SO simple! I tripled the recipe so we would have left overs. Everyone in our family loved this recipe, although next time I would make it with chicken.