7 Ways to Feed Your Kid Mac ‘n’ Cheese — No Pasta Required!

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Is your kid on the monochromatic color diet? Mine is, and macaroni and cheese has become an all-too-familiar diet staple for my little one. I dream of sitting down to a dinner that we all love, but I’ve been over the pasta thing for a while now. So how can I make the whole family a meal that we’ll all enjoy? With a stealthy swap of the pasta for a veggie, we’re good to go. We’ve found 7 mac ‘n’ cheese recipes without the pasta that you’ve got to try. Your family will love the swap, and they might not even notice the subtle, healthy change in the dinner menu!

First up is parsnip bacon mac ‘n’ cheese, Thai-inspired recipe that’s ridiculously easy to make — and eat! If your kiddo has never tried parsnips before, they’re like a white carrot. To tone down the natural flavors, you start by boiling them in naturally sweet coconut milk, infused with ginger and garlic. Not only does this leave you with incredible flavor, but it also makes its own cream sauce! So easy. So delicious. Such a fun way to turn veggies into a favorite dish!


Parsnip Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese


  • 1 large parsnip, peeled and diced
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon garlic & ginger puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup cooked bacon
  • salt and pepper


  1. Place parsnip, coconut milk, garlic-ginger puree, paprika, and curry  in a large pot. Cover and cook on medium-low, stirring every 5 minutes or so, until the parsnips are very tender (about 15-20 minutes).
  2. Remove the cover, slide the pot off of the heat, and stir in nutritional yeast, cheese, and bacon. Salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

 And here are 6 more pasta-free mac ‘n’ cheese recipes your kids will love:

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