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I have a rather unusual eater in my one-and-a-half year old – she is all about the fruits and veggies and not much into carbs. In general this is fine, but her body does need at least SOME carbs, plus the fat that often accompanies them, so I am in the unique position of ‘pushing’ carbs loaded with good fat. One of my most successful dishes so far is what Molly calls ‘pat-a’ – or, mac and cheese. She does like the mac and cheese from a box, for example the Annie’s Organic Cheddar Bunnies and similar things. But I don’t like that I have such a huge pot of leftovers that don’t reheat very well, and it really bothers me, personally, that it’s just not that CHEESY. I mean, isn’t that the point of mac and cheese, for crying out loud?!

So I’ve developed a quick and easy method for making REAL mac and cheese in individual portions. I cook a large amount of whole wheat noodles (something in a fun shape that holds sauce well, she especially likes the spirals). I keep the plain pasta in the fridge. To make one portion of mac and cheese, I put a small handful of shredded cheese in a bowl and top with whole milk, a couple dashes of salt and a pat of butter (a teaspoon or so).

Microwave the whole mess for about 20 seconds. Stir, add the noodles and toss, microwave another 20 seconds or so. Check for consistency and add more cheese or anything else as needed. It should be drippy/stringy with cheese. And PRESTO – real, cheesy, stringy, yummy mac and cheese! No messy pots. No mysterious ‘powdered cheese’. Happy baby, happy mommy.

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