Article: Kid Friendly Food: "Big people" mac and cheese

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By Arlene Marshall on August 27, 2010

Our grandchildren, ages 2 and 5, were coming to visit and we needed some ideas of what kind of food to have available. Their mother sent a list of foods they liked. After a post at Yum Yum Divas, the Divas dove in offering up suggestions.

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Aug 27, 2010 7:32 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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What a wonderful way to keep the grandkids happy and helping out. It sounds like they had lots of fun, and I would have enjoyed it, as well.
My son also enjoys mac and cheese, and I have found ways to keep both of us happy about having it for dinner. First, I try and get only whole grain and organic, although this is not always possible, so I come as close as I can to at least natural, with limited artificial colors and preservatives. For the summer, to make it more flavorful and enticing for me, I go out the garden and harvest tomatoes, basil, and some snap beans if I have them. Other veggies would work equally well, like summer squash, I would think. While the noodles are cooking, I cut these up and add them into my own bowl. I then put the noodles right on top and mix it in. I find the raw veggies, slightly warmed by the hot noodles, are a perfect complement to the noodles and cheese.
When I don't have fresh stuff, I add in dried or sometimes frozen veggies, although fresh is so much better.
And chocolate chips in the pancakes are a necessity for my son, as well.
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Aug 27, 2010 10:24 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Great ideas, Lance. That's the way I cook for my husband . . . give him the bland and then kick it up for me. Whistling
Yum Yum Divas ~ ~ "Most recipes are not invention . . . but evolutions"
Aug 27, 2010 7:06 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Arlene, This is a wonderful article, a great reference for anyone with visiting youngsters. I've always done like Lance and tried to make these items a bit healthier. Sometimes the kids will go for them and sometimes not. But they always have fun making them whether they eat them or not. Smiling
Aug 27, 2010 8:05 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
You're right, Stormy. They like to be doing things. Thanks for your comments.
Yum Yum Divas ~ ~ "Most recipes are not invention . . . but evolutions"

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