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Mac and Cheese
« on: May 25, 2006, 07:34:12 am »
My 2 and a half year old is going through a phase of only wanting macaroni and cheese for dinner, she used to love meat and veg and other diff types of food, but at the moment she only want's mac and cheese..... it is driving me and my dh a little nuts!!!

did anyone else have a lo go through this? what did you do to get them to eat other stuff for dinner??

at a bit of a loss.... someone suggersted giving it to her for breakfast lunch and dinner 1 day and then she probably wouldn't want it anymore...it's tempting :)



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Re: Mac and Cheese
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2006, 15:10:29 pm »
When Tyler does this, I still offer other foods but I don't make a big deal out of it when he insists on eating the same thing every day. It wears off. In the meantime, I do a lot of hiding stuff in the food he happens to be eating. When it was mac and cheese, I bought some jars of veggie puree and mixed them in, and he even liked some small chunks of veggies in there. When it was peanut butter sandwiches, I spread all kinds of other stuff on top of the peanut butter. In the long run, though, it does even out!
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Re: Mac and Cheese
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2006, 15:09:12 pm »
I agree with the PP

It does wear off even thou it feels like a life time.  Ciara went thru a phase of wanting tinned spaghetti all the time.  We didn't give in, but didn't cut it all out either.  You just have to ride the storm!
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Re: Mac and Cheese
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2006, 15:43:41 pm »
Lol... as you can tell I have no experience of toddlers and food.. just wanted to share how silly my brain is..

When I read the title to this thread I automatically assumed that I was going to read that someone wanted to feed a McDonalds Big Mac with Cheese to their LO and was about to go noooooooo lol...

Apologies for my assumption lol...

You have also made me fancy macaroni and cheese now...

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Re: Mac and Cheese
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2006, 20:26:33 pm »
LOL @ Big Mac
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Re: Mac and Cheese
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2006, 17:07:38 pm »
Try steaming some cauliflower and then pureeing it and adding it to the cheese sauce before mixing it with the pasta. They can't see it and that way they're still getting veg, carbs and protein from the cheese.
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Re: Mac and Cheese
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2006, 23:55:02 pm »
hi everyone,

we have had a few days of meat and veg or pasta and salad now so thats good... last night we were having a late dinner so she got mac and cheese but i also gave her corn and brocccoli with it... with the added insentive of a surprise if she ate it all! this worked a treat and a surprise for her is like 1 little scoop of icecream or some watermelon  ;D she's easily pleased  ;)



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Re: Mac and Cheese
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2006, 22:09:42 pm »
Just a quick note.... I go through this with my dd she loves mac and cheese but there is a whole wheat mac and cheese out there that you can buy and it is a heck of a lot better for them then the Kraft stuff and it actually tastes really good!  It is just a wee bit more $ then the other but it's worth it!   Kari


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Re: Mac and Cheese
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2006, 15:54:01 pm »
AND I THOUGHT I WAS  THE ONLY ONE WHO HAD A DD THAT WANTS PASTA ALL THE TIME.MY DD EVEN ASKS FOR IT AS A BREAKFAST SOMETIMES,SHE DOESN'T GT IT BUT SOMETIMES IM TEMPTED.LOOKS LIKE ALL KIDS ARE THE SAME IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.SAM
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Re: Mac and Cheese
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2006, 16:08:28 pm »
Strangely enough, my DS1 loves Mac and Cheese but refuses to eat the Kraft Dinner kind....it has to be my homemade kind.  So I don't feel *quite* as guilty indulging him when he wants it more often than reasonable!
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Re: Mac and Cheese
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2006, 02:16:38 am »
yum i love mac and cheese myself, never had it as a kid

duckie how do you make it homemade?

katieta dd1 also loves it, i grate a zucchini and carrot into it, how is she going anyway?


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Re: Mac and Cheese
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2006, 02:48:43 am »
duckie how do you make it homemade?

Oh it's very complicated.  I boil the noodles and layer them between layers of grated cheddar.  Then bake in oven for 30 or so minutes at 350 degrees.
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Re: Mac and Cheese
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2006, 03:18:20 am »
oh, sound even easy for me, so do you use noodles or macaroni, i've been trying to find a home made one with a cream sauce, thanks for the reply

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Re: Mac and Cheese
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2006, 10:37:15 am »
Just macaroni noodles.  The little elbow ones...
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Re: Mac and Cheese
« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2006, 21:14:04 pm »
Until very recently, I always made my own mac and cheese for Lilah, with the cream sauce, and whole wheat pasta.  It was only recently, after I got (pregnant and) lazy, that Lilah even tasted boxed Mac and Cheese (I bough the Amy's Organics kind).  And it was only then that she wanted Mac and Cheese daily.  What do they put in that stuff?  I'm considering making up a big batch of Mac and Cheese, freezing it in little containers, to be microwaved whenever she wants Mac and Cheese.  That way I don't fee so gulity about giving it to her.

Today she asked for Mac and Cheese for breakfast.  I had some in the fridge, so she got it. :-[  I'm trying not to impose my "food rules" on her; i.e., only "breakfast" food should be consumed at breakfast.  DH actually rarely eats breakfast food, unless it's the weekend and I cook something special; he usually eats whatever is leftover from dinner, be it rice and beans, curry, etc.  My stomach turns at the thought, but really, I'd rather promote eating a breakfast of any variety than limiting it to only "breakfast foods".
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Re: Mac and Cheese
« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2006, 21:37:25 pm »
some use a dash of nutmeg even.

i add a little english mustard powder (or dijon at a pinch) and some cider or white wine vinegar. i also use the SHARPEST cheddar i can find in the US -- the vintage tillamook cheddar is my current fave. my dad made it every saturday while i was growing up, and always went on about the secret ingredient that he'd never reveal... finally once i'd left home, he admitted it was nothing but some extra TLC (tender loving care) for us.

no matter what i do, DH insists on adding tabasco sauce to it  :o. one time he did convince me to split the cheese 50/50 between cheddar and pepperjack, and i have to say, that was pretty nummy.

my mac & cheese cheat is to toss boiled noodles/pasta in mayonnaise, ranch dressing, and grated cheese. but that's just for me -- not DH or DS. i don't know at what point it stops being just mac and cheese, but i also throw peas and franks/wieners in there for comfort food.



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Re: Mac and Cheese
« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2006, 05:02:15 am »
Wow, now I have the biggest Mac 'n' Cheese craving at 10pm and I'm not even pregnant.  :D Unfortunately we ate all the leftovers at tea-time today. It was a regular cheese sauce (with nutmeg) over tiny pasta stars and tiny bits of broccolli. I'm going to have to be more adventurous about what I add in future...


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