Busy Mama’s Mac and Cheese

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Kids love boxed macaroni and cheese, especially the kind with the bright orange cheese powder. Admit it, it’s quick, cheap and it is something you can count on the kids gobbling all up. The trick is how to make this convenience food more nutritious without your kids noticing. Here’s a little trick I tried this week, and everybody loved it.

Busy Mama’s Mac and Cheese

1 box Annie’s Homegrown Macaroni and Cheese (It’s organic, all natural and often on sale at Kroger)

1/2 cup PLAIN yogurt (I used whole milk yogurt because I have young kids. You could also use Low-Fat.)

Handful of shredded cheddar cheese

Optional: 1/2 packet of tuna fish

Directions:

1. Boil water. Add macaroni and cook 8-10 minutes. Drain pasta and dump back into the pot.

2. Mix cheese powder, yogurt and shredded cheese in a separate dish. Add to the drained pasta and stir well.

If you are especially adventurous, you could add some canned tuna to the finished product for extra flavor and nutrition. I can pull this trick with my 14 month old, but not my 4 year old (or my husband 🙂

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