So if your children are anything like mine, the minute they even remotely see anything that resembles a vegetable, or something that is actually good for them, it’s gotta go!
Marshall do you like broccoli?
I see on Facebook all the time, all these post about people’s children munching on kale for snacks and what not… and here I am sitting like “teach me your magic ways, oh wise one”. I don’t know how they do it. My kids act like I’m trying to kill them, if I even present a vegetable on their plate. Do you like broccoli?
I don’t understand it! My son used to down veggies and fruits like they were going out of style, he usually left things like meat on the plate. Now I’m lucky if he’ll even eat at all. “It’s a stage.” I know, but sometimes I just want to make sure he gets something that resembles a healthy meal into his system. Much to his surprise you cannot live on Goldfish. So enough’s enough, it’s time for something drastic.
I keep “seeing” all these hidden veggie recipes on Pinterest and they just sit there on my boards. So I am deciding to try them. This recipe is for a Butternut Squash Bacon Mac and Cheese, and boy did it ever turn out good! Both my son and my husband had absolutely no clue that the whole base for the pasta was actually a veggie! WIN! Come on anything with cheese and bacon is going to please, so I was thrilled when it was downed in seconds and something that will be requested again!
Happy wife, happy life and a happy tummy = a very happy Mommy!
Hope you all enjoy!
Until next time,
Butternut Bacon Mac and Cheese
- 1 and a half cups of macaroni uncooked
- 3 cups of diced butternut squash (I used frozen pre cut)
- 2 table spoons (on the larger sides) of margarine, you can use butter if you prefer. What ever you have on hand works.
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 cups of your choice of cheese. I used extra old marble cheese.
- salt and pepper
- 1 pack of bacon. (we LOVE bacon) You can use less if you prefer, the result will end up the same!
- Throw your Macaroni on boil. Drain and set aside in a casserole dish.
- Boil your butternut squash until it is tender and cooked, for me this took as long as the macaroni.
- Cook your bacon until extra crispy (or your desired amount) I used the oven method for cooking, and crumble.
- Place your cooked squash into a blender with your scoops of butter, lots of salt and pepper.
- blend until you get a nice and creamy texture.
- Add your milk SLOWLY to the puree, this insures you don't make it too runny (made that mistake the first time. You can always fix this will more cheese!)
- Add your cheese to your sauce and stir until melted.
- Pour sauce over your noodles and add half of your crumbled bacon. Stir.
- Added a bit of extra cheese and the rest of your bacon to the top of your dish.
- Heat in a 350 degree oven for 5-10 mins, or until hot and the cheese on top is melted.
- Serve and enjoy!