Mac & Cheese

Who doesn’t love Mac & Cheese? But what about Mac & Trees?? 

Yup! I said Mac & Trees. I make what my kids like but I always put a healthy spin on it. 

You really can’t get away with not making Mac & Cheese if you have kids period. My kid’s love this recipe & it’s a regular in my house because I love it too and it’s so easy to make. 

It’s a basic Mac & Cheese recipe I added broccoli & cauliflower to and swapped the white pasta for brown rice pasta. Then viola! My kids are happy, I’m happy and dinner is a breeze. 

Here’s my little you tube video I made to show you just how easy it is. 

Mac & Trees Video

So, the next time your kids ask for Mac & Cheese make them a deal and make them Mac & Trees. 

Mac & Trees
Macaroni & Cheese paired with some delicious trees (broccoli & cauliflower)
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups broccoli chopped
  2. 3 cups cauliflower
  3. 4 cups milk
  4. 4 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese
  5. 1 - 16 ounce bag brown rice curly pasta
Instructions
  1. Boil a large pot of water and salt it for the pasta.
  2. When water comes to a boil place pasta in water & place a strainer on top of the pot.
  3. Place your veggies inside strainer so that way while the pasta is cooking the veggies will be steaming.
  4. Remove veggies once pasta is done and place them in a dutch oven or pan.
  5. Strain pasta & place pasta with veggies in same pan.
  6. Take 4 cups of milk & 3 cups of shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese and place in the pot you used to boil the pasta.
  7. Melt cheese in milk on medium low flame. After cheese has melted in to a nice cheese sauce pour mixture into pan with pasta & veggies & sprinkle 1 cup shredded cheese on top.
  8. Place in a preheated 350 oven for 20-25 minutes.
Notes
  1. This recipe gives you a good amount of Mac & Trees. My kids love eating the left overs as an after school snack. Simple ingredients and a simple recipe makes for a great meal everyone will love. I love pairing this recipe up with some chicken cutlets.
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