Real Macaroni Makeover: Day 2

The following is a guest blog from Kaitlyn, our social media manager, editor, mom of two boys, and devoted Hometown Harvest customer. Follow along as she embarks on a 10-day real-food-only pledge.

With day one in the books and a feast of goodies avoided at the office (cake! bagels! burritos!), I was ready to take up the REAL challenge of cooking dinner that would fit my 10-day pledge and satisfy my pair of preschoolers. Luckily, I have just such a recipe in my Mommy Bag of Tricks: Colorful Cauliflower Mac & Cheese!

Colorful Cauliflower Mac & Cheese


  • 1 Bag of Gluten-free Veggie Pasta* (3 ingredients: organic rice flour, spinach powder, beet powder)
  • 1 head of cauliflower, steamed
  • 1/3 cup of whole-milk cheese
  • 1/3 cup of whole milk (as desired)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (to taste)

2013-04-02_18-23-29_188(1)Preheat the oven to 400, steam the cauliflower, and cook the pasta. When the cauliflower is tender, add milk and puree in a large bowl with a stick blender (or regular blender) until soft.


Shred some cheese into the puree and add a dash of salt to taste. When the pasta is cooked and drained, stir it into the puree until well blended. Transfer to a baking dish and top with a bit more shredded cheese. Bake for until bubbly and browned on top.

My kids love this version of mac & cheese, and I love that I’m getting them to eat a vegetable! My 4-year-old instructed me to save the leftovers “for tomorrow”…high praise indeed! Goodbye weird, powdered cheeseish boxed mac!

*We do not have gluten sensitivities, but I like to change up our pasta to expose the kids to different grains/textures. Variety is the spice of life! 🙂

Day 1 Menu: Yogurt+strawberries+granola, homemade mung bean soup (from the freezer)+whole wheat toast “croutons”, cauliflower mac&cheese. Trail mix+apple for snack.

About kaitlynhh

I'm a mom of two boys and I love cooking and preserving. As the social media manager for Hometown Harvest, I get to interact with our amazing customers everyday. They are the very best resource for tips and ideas, as well as ardent supporters of local food and our area farmers.

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