Kids meal: real macaroni & cheese, minute steaks, veggies
This 3 ingredient macaroni and cheese is as easy to make as it sounds! You won’t want to buy the fake packet mac & cheese again!
Kids can be fussy eaters, especially when they are little, but there is one thing that ALL kids like: pasta and its kid-friendly incarnation of mac & cheese. You are probably wondering why I have emphasised that the macaroni and cheese in this recipe is real. Well, it’s because it is made out of real, unprocessed ingredients:
Real mac & cheese
Ingredients: pasta, milk, cheese (and pepper).
Unlike its fake counterpart: the packet stuff readily available from the supermarket. If I was to recreate the exact same flavour and texture of the fake macaroni and cheese, the ingredients list would look something like this:
Fake mac & cheese
Ingredients: pasta (wheatflour, water, colour), vegetable shortening powder (palm oil, glucose syrup solids, milk protein, mineral salt (340), emulsifier (470), anti-caking agent (554)), cheese powder, cheese, salt, maltodextrin, mineral salt (339), food acids (270, 330, 331), colour (annatto), yeast extract, hydrolysed vegetable protein, milk solids non-fat, thickener (1442), buttermilk powder, salt, mineral salt (341).
I’m no expert, but it’s pretty easy to spot the difference. There is very little in that list that resembles anything remotely unprocessed and natural. And look at all the salt (339,340, 341, salt) – a serving of this stuff makes up nearly 25% of the recommended daily intake! Concerned yet?
I hope so, because the following recipe will help you make real mac & cheese with ease. It only takes a few minutes longer to prepare and I’m pleased to say that it passed the taste test with flying colours! Hopefully, you’ll think twice now about making the fake packet stuff…
- 150g macaroni pasta
- 60g grated cheddar cheese
- ½ cup milk
- (1 tsp white pepper)
- 500g veal or beef schnitzel steaks
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- 1 carrot, sliced
- 1 zucchini, sliced
- handful of green beans, trimmed
- (butter or oil for frying)
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and drop in pasta.
- Stir and cook for 8-10 minutes (or according to packet instructions). Drain then return back to pot.
- Add milk, cheese and pepper and stir continuously until the cheese melts and sauce thickens.
- That's it - mac and cheese is ready!
- Cut steaks into palm-sized pieces. Dust with flour.
- Heat a little butter in a pan until bubbling.
- Cook steaks for just under a minute on each side, they will cook further while resting and will remain soft and succulent.
- Serve mac & cheese as a side to your meat and veg, with an extra grating of cheese.