Veggie Mac’ n Cheese
This variation of Mac’ n Cheese is nutrient dense– and puts boxed Mac’ n Cheese to shame! Cashews are the base for the “cheese” sauce, which provides healthy fats, fiber, and protein. Chop the veggies nice and small, then mix into the cheese sauce to encourage picky eaters to eat more veggies. Swapping in lentil noodles for whole wheat noodles can also boost the amount of protein in this meal. Tolerant lentil noodles are my personal favorite since they don’t have any additives and are just lentils! I have found them discounted at places like Home Goods. However, feel free to explore some other noodles. Try to get higher fiber variations. A good rule of thumb: there should be 3 grams of fiber for every 15 grams of carbohydrates— 1 to 5 ratio— on the ingredient list.