Do you feed your children lies? I do.. kinda..
Literally feeding them - lies.
Today, Im using the pantry staple of "Easy Mac" as an example. Sorry, not sorry.
Growing up, I never liked Easy Mac, I preferred the home cooked version of macaroni and cheese. But, like so many other households, my kids are true fans.
I hate to say it, but, it's still one of the American pantry staples thats ruining our generations.
Overly processed cheese soaked in more hormone laden dried milk and factory made butter or oil. Preservatives, and of course the noodles themselves are made of white flour. White flour has been processed and depleted of hundreds of nutrients and then replaced with only a handful of vitamins/minerals, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin D.. that's about it! Even, if the noodles are made of whole wheat, the wheat has still gone through processing and is destructive to our digestive systems. Wheat is no good for us! Even cows are supposed to consume only vegetables. Instead, they give wheat and grains to cows to fatten them up- what do you think it does it us?
Okay, So it's kinda like in the Santa Clause category of lies. And we are both guilty of fabricating the truth to our peeps! Some of us are telling our children that THIS stuff is real food, which is misleading! It's just filler. Where as I pretend that the other stuff I whip up is "Easy Mac".
The great news is that they don't even bat an eye or request the boxed kind! They absolutely love these noodles! I don't know why It's taken me so long to share this secret! I do this to sneak vegetables into my picky one year old. And to refrain from the processed box. So, it's a win win. It's pretty simple and basic. Ya just need to stock up on on essentials that you may not be used to keeping around like nutritional yeast and carrot juice. But trust me, if you have them in your reach, you will find tons of ways to use them! Especially if you keep watch on my blog! I use carrot juice and other vegetable juices in so many recipes it's mind blowing! From pancake mix and muffins to noodles. What my children don't know, won't hurt them hehehe... Did you grow up being bullied or having a challenge in some place in your young life? Did you wish you were different in some aspect? Whether it be different hair, different eyes, a different belly button, a different family member? Whatever it may have been, let's pave the way to support the generation that's before us differently! With encouragement, and paving their future with peace, love, and hope! It's not cool to feed them the nutrition that will hold them back mentally and physically. They have a big purpose here on this giant planet, so let's grow them well.
You might be like, CARLY, just chill out and make the dang box already! I get it! Those boxes are SOOOO CONVENIENT!
You could be like me (an incredibly lazy cook) and boil the noodles, drain them, and then literally add the ingredients straight to the same pot. (I add the cheese, butter and juice first). I dislike extra dishes to wash. I just melt everything together. Hey! It works! It wouldn't fly in a restaurant kitchen but that's the beauty of being a home cook.
Here's a recipe that's not quite as convenient as a box with a foil packet that you dump in a pot, but it's pretty darn close! Seriously! This is the more proper way to do things.👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 The way my mother would approve👍🏼
1/4 C 100% Carrot Juice
1/4 C salted grass-fed butter, ghee, or EVOO * plus 2 extra tablespoons set aside
1/2 medium onion (optional) finely diced
1 Tsp Salt
8oz Cream Cheese
4oz of Cheddar Cheese
1/2 Tbsp Onion Powder
dash of nutmeg (optional)
1 Box of Lentil/Bean noodles or Zoodles from 3 zucchini
1. Bowl your noodles in water (salted or unsalted water is your choice). Drain them and toss with 2 tablespoons of butter or evoo.
2. In a separate skillet melt your butter and add your diced onion, salt and cream cheese. Continue to stir until it becomes a milky smooth sauce. Then add the carrot juice and shredded cheddar cheese. Continue to stir to form the sauce.
Next sprinkle onion powder, nutmeg, nutritional yeast and maybe more salt or pepper to taste. Stir.
Add in your drained and butter noodles. VOILA! Top with a little more shredded cheddar or nutty parmesan if your heart desires.