Mac n Cheese – Pureed Carrot & Cauliflower

My First Guest Post! πŸ™‚ I am so excited to be working with Amber from Mama’s Blissful Bites and other Tidbits about Life! I love her site. Check out her Lavender Pillow Mist, I’ll be making that one ASAP. I love lavender!

“For those that don’t know me, I’m Crazy Kwistin. I love taking pictures and blogging about my adventures with travel, food, photography and kids. I love things that are unique and different and most of all FUN! Check out my blogs’s at www.crazykwistin.wordpress.com and www.kwistinsfavorites.wordpress.com And Thank you Amber for being so awesome!”

I love this recipe!! From the Deceptively Delicious cookbook written by Jessica Seinfeld. The recipe calls for pureed cauliflower or squash but I really like it with carrot AND cauliflower. Plus is makes me feel extra good that my little ones are getting two different veggies…and carrots are orange, so… The first time I tried it my oldest, who for some reason does not eat carrots, devoured it. I was sold on the technique of hiding the veggies.

Start off by boiling the noodles. I like the extra large elbow noodles (for the kids), seems fun for them and holds the puree nicely.

I get the frozen veggies, microwave them, and then toss them into the food processor. About half a bag of each of these.

Coat a large sauce pan with cooking spray, add 1 tablespoon of oil and one tablespoon flour and mix constantly until you get a paste, then add a 1/2 cup milk and mix. Then add in the pureed veggies.

And then the CHEESE!!! My favorite of course! You will only see me cooking with Tillamook. Red wrapper for tonight. Add about 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar and 1/4 cup cream cheese. I love Philadelphia cream cheese and the recipe calls for reduced fat but I love the real thing! You’ll see me buy generic for lots of things but cheese I am a little bit of a snob about. πŸ™‚

The cheese blends perfectly with the veggies, can’t even tell it’s there.

And then you add in the noodles. I add in as much as I feel like…recipe calls for a 1 1/2 cups but I probably add more like 2.

And for the finished product. I made my puree a little chunky hoping to get the kiddos used to eating the real thing in addition to the puree. Maybe they can get around the chunks but they won’t know they are still eating VEGETABLES, muah!!!! I love a little something green and still serve a veggie on the side. This really is a tasty mac n cheese. And I love this cookbook. It makes you think differently about cooking that’s for sure. My Kids WILL eat their veggies, they just might not know they are doing it. Add in a little something for the parents, a bottle of bubbly or a glass of Pinot Grigio always goes nicely with cheese. I love me some Ecco Domani, very clean and crisp taste. Super refreshing for these summer nights.

Baby T macking on her mac n cheese πŸ™‚

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15 thoughts on “Mac n Cheese – Pureed Carrot & Cauliflower

  1. Great Recipe!! I’ll have to try it since my daughter isn’t a big veggie eater, she will only eat carrots so its nice you sneak the cauliflower in there! I love Amber from Mama’s Blissful Bites, she is such an awesome person! Great meeting you!!!

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  2. Way to represent Stater Bros., my husband is a truck driver for them. In fact I have about 4 family members working for them. I don’t want to have to hide veggies but my 5 year old is leaving me no other option. Plus, she LOVES macaroni and cheese.

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  3. This recipe is awesome! However the only thing I would change is NOT MICROWAVE VEGGIES! I sneak veggies into my kids food so they get extra nutrition. They call it nuking your food for a reason … it kills bacteria and vitamins too

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  4. I have been wondering about this book! My friends raved about it when my daughter was a toddler. Now she’s almost 7 and I have my toddler son who is the pickiest eater ever! This would be the perfect recipe for him! Thank you Kristin this will be dinner tomorrow πŸ˜€

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