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September's Cooking Class: One-Pot Superfood Mac & Cheese

Boxed Mac and Cheese is a staple of many children’s diets. It’s easy, salty, neon orange and loved by 99% of all kids. What’s not to love? It’s also nutritious. A serving of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese from a box has 10g of protein, 2 g of fiber and is a good source of calcium, iron and potassium.

I love boxed mac and cheese.

But I also love homemade Mac and Cheese.

Homemade Mac is not as fast (or as neon orange) as the kind from a box. It’s also more expensive and requires a little bit of skill to make. Your kids might not like it if they’ve only had the neon orange kind.

However, my recipe has whole wheat noodles and cauliflower, so it is A LOT more nutritious than the kind from a box, which is why we’re going to learn how to make mac and cheese from scratch for cooking class this month.

If you participate in DDI Vantage Early Head Start, click here to sign up for class:

Still not convinced?

Here's 4 reasons to join us and try out this recipe:

#1 To introduce your kids to something new

One of the most important things you can do to raise healthy eaters, is to expose them to new foods often. (read this to learn more). New variations of simple meals (such as Mac + Cheese) are a good way to introduce new foods.

#2 To increase the nutrition value

Whole wheat noodles and cauliflower turn regular mac into a super food. One serving of our cooking class recipe has 52 grams protein! Toddlers only need 13 grams of protein per day, so if they like this mac, they could potentially eat 4 days worth of protein in one meal!

The whole wheat noodles and cauliflower also add fiber (18 grams, which is an entire day’s worth) and cancer fighting phytochemicals. Don’t think your kids like cauliflower? They won’t even be able to taste it in this recipe.

#3 To use up your WIC vouchers

This recipe was created with WIC participants in mind. Unlike most Mac and Cheese recipes, (which use butter and flour), this recipe is only made with WIC approved items. If you are looking for ways to use up the food you get from WIC, this recipe might be your new best friend.

#4 The ingredients are shelf stable

If you keep your freezer stocked with cauliflower, your fridge stocked with milk and cheese, and your pantry stocked with noodles, this could be your go-to meal when you don’t know what to make.

The recipe contains a vegetable, grain and protein source. All you have to do is add some fruit and you’ve got a complete meal!


DDI Vantage Early Head Start participants can try this recipe for free by clicking this link to sign up. All ingredients will be delivered to your doorstep before class.

Not participating in Early Head Start? You can still join us to cook along, but supplies won't be delivered to your door. Here is the zoom link

Registration closes 9/13/2023, so make sure you sign up today!

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