Thank you, Six Sister’s Stuff!
Mac ‘n’ cheese was a go-to during the pickiest times of my daughter’s evolution from a child who ate everything to one who ate nothing into a relatively picky person who eats some things. I snuck sweet potato carrot purees, butternut squash and zucchini squash purees, into Annie’s boxed M&C. I’ll never stop thanking Sneaky Chef for turning me onto this trick, and later, Deceptively Delicious. However, at age 12, I had to give it up. Not only were my Sundays dominated by steaming, blending and ramekin-storing vegetables, I thought, this is crazy. Kid should be eating these on her own. I announced she would be on her own for making her dinners, as I would no longer be that mom who made two.
Lasted about a week, when she just didn’t eat dinner, simple. Didn’t care. So what. Girlfriend’s will is unbreakable.
In an effort to make it easier for her (I know), dinners became a series of alternately, Trader Joe’s burritos, tofu and jasmine rice, falafels and pita, or Stouffer‘s mac ‘n’ cheese. Whatever. Just eat, for Christ’s sake.
Finally, I said, forget it, no more microwave. Seriously:
However, my kid is now a teenager, and it’s hard enough having a conversation about anything without fireworks, thought we could start having dinners together with at least some harmony. I found this recipe, made it, slow cooker, yay, kid had seconds, there’s plenty for leftovers, and I felt like Mary Tyler Moore throwing up her hat.
Until next meal, with this mac ‘n’ cheese, we’re gonna make it after all.