Like most kids, my daughters love pasta so much that they could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not exactly something a dietitian mom wants to admit. This homemade butternut squash mac and cheese is a winner for both parents and kids. Made with real ingredients, packed with vegetables and flavour, and its easy to make. Even the pickiest eaters will love this butternut squash mac & cheese and won’t even know they are eating a healthy pasta. It’s that good I promise.
There are some foods that I absolutely refuse to buy. One of them is macaroni and cheese. Store bought pastas can be high in sodium, artificial flavours and colours. Don’t get fooled by companies that state they have added vegetables, the amount added is insignificant. As a dietitian, I like our meals to include seasonal vegetables, hence the addition of butternut squash. This pasta is a great way to add vegetables to your child’s diet, just don’t hide it from them. Sweet potatoes could be an easy substitute for those who don’t like squash as much as our family. Another favorite squash dinner is this spaghetti squash with turkey meatballs. Both recipes make a regular appearance on our menu plans during the fall and winter months.
Butternut squash belongs to the winter squash family and is an excellent source of beta carotene, a precursor to vitamin A. Beta carotene, an antioxidant, that may protect us from certain cancers and heart disease. Squash is also a good source of folate, potassium, and vitamin C.