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Mac & Greens: Because Orange Powder Isn't Really Cheese

Mac and cheese!  Mac and cheese!  It’s all my kids ever want for dinner. It’s what they order when we eat out (agh! Five bucks for a bowl of mac and cheese? I shudder every time they ask for it off the menu.), it’s what they beg for at the grocery store, it’s what they ask for lunch and a midnight snack. Since mac and cheese such a popular item in our house, I thought it was high time I give the kids what they want…with a lot of what I want. So, I created this version to include greens and veggies and oodles of nutrients. And, would you believe it’s almost as quick to cook up as that boxed cheesy stuff?  You’d better believe it!

Healthy Mac and Cheese with Sneaky Greens
For a video tutorial of Tastebudding founder, Jonathon Yeatman, preparing Mac ‘N Greens on live T.V., CLICK HERE.
1 pkg. egg noodles
3 c. fresh spinach, diced
2 T. butter
2 T. flour
1 1/2 c. chicken broth (vegetable broth is a good substitute if you want to make this vegetarian)
1 c. cheddar cheese
1 c. asiago cheese (or another sharp cheese of your choice)
1/2 c. diced ham
1 c. green peas, frozen

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add noodles and cook according to package directions.

While noodles are cooking, melt butter in a large skillet, over medium-high heat. Stir flour into melted butter then slowly add the broth and whisk until flour & butter are completely dissolved. Cook just until mixture starts to boil. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients.

Three to four minutes before the noodles are finished, add the peas to the pot of water. One minute before noodles are finished, add spinach and diced ham to the pot of water. Drain noodles, peas, & spinach, then transfer to a large serving bowl. Pour cheese mixture atop and stir. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

You can find this recipe and many other kid-friendly meals featured on Tastebudding, a website dedicated to providing  simple, whole food recipes to nutrition-minded parents.  

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