It has vegetables so it’s a health food!
So, this is my thing. I used to work for a pediatric obesity clinic and it was my most favorite thing ever. But, by “work” I mean “intern,” which means “work for free because I was in grad school and almost 30 and needed the hours to graduate.” So I couldn’t stay there, but I loved it so much because I got to counsel children and families and teach cooking classes and talk about exercise, and it was just the best ever.
Anyway. While I was there I preached the idea that you really need to ingest 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, no matter what. It was part of a whole plan of being healthy as a lifestyle, not just to lose weight, because teaching kids to lose weight just isn’t a good idea. Kids need to know how to LIVE, not how to LOSE. It’s an important distinction.
So. Mac and cheese! It’s ok for it to be a part of life, and even better if it includes veggies. So that’s what we did: roasted some summer veggies, added them to the most flavorful mac you ever did meet, and BOOM dinner. Add a salad a lean protein and you have a seriously balanced meal.