Homemade mac and cheese is super easy to make and it's 100% better for your kids than anything that could come out of a box. I timed myself making this and it took 13 minutes. Which is how long it would take you to cook a box of mac and cheese, open the pouch, stir in milk and butter and serve. This does take a bit more effort than pour, boil, stir but I am confident that you can handle it! Something that I add to mine that adds additional nutritional value is nutritional yeast. When put in mac and cheese you can barely taste it. It has sort of a nutty flavor. It boosts the protein and vitamin content without your kids ever knowing. It has 18 different amino acids, or complete proteins, with 8g of protein per serving. Read more about nutritional yeast here. So here's a quick and easy twist on a kids favorite but most importantly something that you can feel good about feeding your kids!
What you'll need:
Butter or butter alternative
Whole Wheat Flour
Milk or mild alternative
Nutritional yeast - you can buy this at most grocery stores or Amazon
Sharp Cheddar Cheese or cheese alternative
Whole Wheat/Organic Noodles
Oven Safe Pot
Boil a good quality organic or whole wheat noodle as directed.
Get out your milk, whole wheat flour, and cheddar cheese.
If you use extra sharp cheddar, you won't need to use as much cheese because a little extra sharp goes a long way!
Take 4 tablespoons of butter and put it in an oven safe pan to melt over medium-high heat.
Once that is melted, add in 3-4 tablespoons of nutritional yeast and whisk it in with the butter.
Add in flour 2 tablespoons at a time until it soaks up all of the butter/nutritional yeast.
It should look like this.
Then you'll add milk in small amounts at a time while whisking.
Keep adding milk until it's nice and creamy, like this!
Next you'll add in the cheddar.
Keep stirring in cheddar until it tastes good to you.
Also, add salt and pepper to your liking at this point.
It should be creamy yet a bit sticky when you're done.
By now the noddles should be cooked, put them in the mixture.
Add some extra cheddar on top and then put it into the oven until it's all melty and good looking.
350 degrees for 5-10 minutes.
Serve it up and then pat yourself on the back for making something healthy that tastes fantastic!