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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!


  • 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)


  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!

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Planning Ahead Tip of the Month

“Have a few “Sheet Pan” go-to dinner recipes”

We have all experienced those busy nights when dinner has to happen in 30 minutes or less with minimal dishes or its just going to be a cereal for dinner kind of night. Weeknight dinners should be something that isn’t complicated, but can still be balanced and filling. Sheet pan dinners provide a way to give your family exactly that!

When you eat at home, you are guaranteed to have more veggies and overall nutrition in your dinner. If you haven’t made a sheet pan dinner yet, try one this week!

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