My kids aren't picky eaters. I realize many parents don't have it quite so easy, so when my kids eat a bowl of vegetable chili without any cajoling, bribing, or tears, I thank my lucky stars. However, just because they'll eat their roasted lemon pepper Brussels sprouts when I put them on the table, doesn't mean they are actually asking for another serving of veggies.
In fact, when questioned about their food preferences, my kids will almost always request macaroni & cheese and hot dogs. Despite my best efforts to cultivate a love of quinoa, kale, and green beans, it turns out they are just kids and kids like mac and cheese.
As the parent on duty here, it's my job to make sure the kids practice violin, get those dirty clothes sorted into the correct color bags, and learn how to clear up the table after dinner. Every single day I annoy even myself with the constant reminders to please for the love of all that is holy put your shoes in the basket so we don't have to spend 15 frantic minutes searching for them every time we need to leave the house. Did you wash your hands? Did you hang up your backpack? Did you brush your teeth?
So, if I have to be the bad guy that calls bedtime and turns out the light on the absolute most important sentence in the best chapter of the final book in the Harry Potter series, well then Macaroni and Cheese from time to time is the least I can do.
This Baked Pumpkin Kale Macaroni and Cheese is a meal the kids and I both feel good about. With all the pumpkin and kale I've manage to squeeze into this recipe, I feel safe saying it is a healthier macaroni and cheese. I didn't, however, skimp on the cheese or cream because comfort food still needs to taste like comfort food, pumpkin and kale aside. Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens
Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens