Dairy-Free Butternut Mac ‘n Cheese – Sometimes we adults just need to enjoy some good, old-fashioned kid food. This healthier version of a classic comfort dish will help you feel young without all the grown-up guilt!
What kind of kid doesn’t like mac ‘n cheese? My kind of kid. The thing is that Mom and Dad LOVE mac ‘n cheese. Why should we miss out on all that cheesy elbow noodle fun because our kid is a weirdo? After all, getting away with eating mac ‘n cheese with no judgement is one of the perks of parenthood. Amongst all of the toys strewn in every room of the house, dirty diapers, showers not taken, and emotional breakdowns over things like not being able to eat cotton candy for breakfast (that happened yesterday), my husband and I should at least be able to eat some good, old-fashioned, unhealthy-yet-comforting kid food at the end of the day.
Sadly, since my five-year-old has an odd dislike of mac ‘n cheese, I can’t use him as an excuse to indulge. Recently, I started to work on developing a healthier version of what I think is my right as a parent to eat. This recipe for Dairy-Free Butternut Mac ‘n Cheese swaps high-fat butter and cheese for more nutrient-dense butternut squash, cashews, and nutritional yeast. I have to admit that the thought of adding nutritional yeast weirded me out at first, but it really does add a nice “cheesy” flavor to the dish, not to mention it’s loaded with B vitamins, so just go with it! With all the ingredients combined into a creamy sauce, the recipe really does taste like mac n’ cheese. It’s a much healthier indulgence to help any grown-up who has just survived a day at home with the kids.
My son did give this recipe a try… He said, “I like it a little bit, but I like plain noodles better.” 🙄 I’m holding out for my three-month-old to have more discerning tastes in the kid food department.
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