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Butternut Squash “Mac ‘n Cheese” with Broccoli

Written by COA Nutrition Team On August 31, 2018

Kids will love our healthy version of mac ‘n cheese! They won’t even know there’s squash in it!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup of cubed butternut squash
  • 3 cup of broccoli, florets
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • ¼ cup of unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoon of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cup of milk
  • ¼ teaspoon of powdered nutmeg
  • ½ cup of shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
  • ¼ cup of shredded yellow cheddar
  • 12 oz. of pasta (short shapes work better, whatever pasta you prefer to make Mac ‘n Cheese with)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place butternut squash and broccoli florets on a cookie sheet (don’t mix them up). Drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes.
  2. While your veggies bake, cook pasta and drain out water.
  3. In large pan over medium-high heat add butter and garlic. Let melt. Add flour and whisk in until smooth. Cook for 2 minutes and then add milk and bring to a boil. Stir occasionally. Add nutmeg and Monterrey Jack cheese and stir until smooth.
  4. In a blender, add milk mixture and cooked butternut squash. Blend until smooth. Pour over cooked pasta and stir until coated, mix the broccoli.
  5. Add the cheddar and serve!

Tips of the Month MOBILE

Planning Ahead Tip of the Month

“Plan Your Meals for the Week”

For cooking newbies, shopping for exact recipes can prove helpful. But for us, busy working moms, it is more interesting to look for ingredients you can use in a variety of dishes, this practice can save you time and money. After all, if you buy an entire bunch of tomatoes for a single taco salad, you’re going to end up with a lot in the garbage. But if you buy a whole bunch of tomatoes, cook them and divide them up to use in pastas, in wraps and in salads. You can save on cooking time and keep from throwing away your money. Go into the store knowing how many servings of proteins, grains and vegetables you need. When you get home, get creative to use up everything you’ve purchased.

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