It’s difficult enough for us adults to commit to eating healthy, but to get our kids enthused about healthy meals too? It can seem like an impossible goal. Kids tend to be picky eaters and for those that really don’t like vegetables, it’s almost impossible to change their minds, but that doesn’t mean we can’t sneak some healthy goodies into their meals without them catching on. We found this recipe at Metro Parents in their “kid friendly” section with a group of recipes that “sneak” vegetables into your children’s meals. This one caught our eye to satisfy both parent and child. Can you believe it? Mac N’ Cheese without the pasta, but just as good.
- 2 heads of cauliflower, washed and cut into florets
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 3/4 tsp seasoned salt
- 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
- 2 1/2 cups whole milk
- 2 cups grated Smoked Gouda cheese
- 2 3/4 cups grated cheddar cheese, divided
- Preheat oven to 350°
- In a Dutch Oven or large sauce pan bring about 4 quarts of water to a boil . Add a generous few pinches of salt to the water. Add the prepared cauliflower to the water and boil for 3-5 minutes until cauliflower is tender. Drain completely.
- Meanwhile in a large skillet melt 3 Tbsp butter over medium heat. Once melted, whisk in the flour, seasoned salt and smoked paprika until it form a paste. Cook for about 30 seconds then slowly stream in the milk, whisking the whole time. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring continuously until it thickens slightly. Add in 2 cups Smoked Gouda and 2 cups cheddar and stir until cheese is melted. Add cauliflower back to the Dutch Oven and pour cheese sauce on top. Sprinkle with remaining grated cheese and place in oven for 20-25 minutes, or until bubbly.