Sneaky Mom Mac and Cheese

Did you make healthy resolutions this year like millions of other Americans in 2016. If you are looking for creative ways to include veggies in your family meal plan I have a fun recipe for you. In today’s post I will help you sneak some nutrients into a favorite comfort food.   The recipe share below is part of Del Monte new series of “2016 Healthy Eating Hacks”.  I shared my favorite hack below:
TRICK YOUR KIDS : Infuse your favorite comfort foods with vegetables, find hidden ways to make them higher in nutrients and lower in calories like this Del Monte recipe:
Sneaky Mac and Cheese
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Sneaky Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 3 cups College Inn® Fat Free & Lower Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 8 oz. dry pasta, such as whole grain elbows or rotini
  • 1 can (14.5oz.) Del Monte® Sliced Carrots, drained
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 can (15.5 oz.) white or cannellini beans, drained
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
  • Salt and black pepper, optional

Instructions

  1. Bring broth to a boil in a large saucepan; add pasta and reduce heat to medium-high.
  2. Cook according to package directions, stirring frequently, except DO NOT DRAIN.
  3. Meanwhile, place carrots and milk in a blender; puree until smooth.
  4. Add beans to blender; puree until smooth, scraping down sides of blender twice.
  5. Stir pureed mixture into pasta until coated. Cook over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened.
  6. Stir in cheese and cook until cheese is melted and season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve with toppings, as desired.

Notes

Optional Toppings:

· Crumbled cooked bacon

· Steamed broccoli flowerets

· Chopped tomatoes

· Sliced green onions

Image and Recipe credit :www.delmonte.com
This was an excellent recipe to use the other night when my college age son and friends showed up. I had just harvest some broccoli from the dome and let me tell you they ate all the ‘sneaky mom mac and cheese’ I prepared with out even noting the organic greens in the dish! 
I hope this will be a hit in your meal plan this New Year, 
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