St. Patty’s Day is coming up this weekend! You know that means tons of sweets, green teeth from dyes, and sugar highs! This recipe is one to counteract all that and make sure your little one has lots of energy to run away from classmates trying to pinch their cheeks! If you’re just excited about the green liquid at the bar, this Mac is the perfect carb to soak it all up!
Okay, Dr. Seuss
This is even better than green eggs and ham! The bright green from this dish is all from the power of chlorophyll, straight from Popeye’s favorite! It’s packed with iron and a laundry-list of vitamins to fuel your body to it’s optimal ability. Everyone knows that spinach is good for you, but sometimes it can have a strong flavor that young tummies don’t love. This Mac is the perfect way to introduce that taste in a fun way that doesn’t have the full-on strong flavor of plain spinach (because what toddler can turn away Mac N’ Cheese?!). Then perhaps they will be more receptive to try spinach in other dishes as well.
Slow down, one green thing at a time
This Mac N’ Cheese would also be delicious without the added peas and broccoli, if you have a particularly picky eater. Decrease the amounts based on what your child likes, but don’t be afraid to serve them something they have previously turned away if it’s in a new style of dish! Maybe they’ll just love these veggies when served in a yummy, cheesy, green mac!
Green Mac N’ Cheese Recipe
- 1 pound elbow macaroni
- 3 1/2 cups milk
- 2 cups spinach
- 3 Tbs. butter
- 2 Tbs. flour
- 4 cups white cheddar (I used colby jack because of availability, but white cheddar gives the best color!)
- 1 cup broccoli florets chopped small
- 1 cup frozen peas
Preheat oven to 350, and cook the macaroni to al dente texture. In a blender, mix the milk and spinach until it’s smooth. In a large saucepan, melt butter and whisk in flour to make a roux. Slowly mix in the milk/spinach mixture, bring to a boil, and simmer for 5 minutes. Mix in cheese and when melted stir in macaroni noodles, broccoli, and peas. Pour in a buttered 9×13″ casserole dish, and bake mixture for about 20 minutes.