Friday, September 18, 2015

Quick And Easy Butternut Mac

Earlier this week I was strolling through my Pinterest account looking at all the lovely eye candy and I spotted this recipe for butternut quash mac  and it brought back so many memories.  I never even read the other recipe.  I was so inspired!

I breast fed my now toddler until she was two and a half and some foods just did not agree with her. 
One of those foods was tomatoes and tomato sauce.  She would break out in terrible itchy hives. The first time it happened I panicked because she was so uncomfortable.  So Hubbs and I set out to prepare foods that were nutritious and tasty, but ones that would not irritate her precious skin.

So in our attempt to replace tomato sauce we came up with a very simple butternut squash sauce that I will share with you.  The recipe is really quick and easy and honestly it will take me longer to type it here than it will for you to make at home.  I promise.

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Butternut Mac                                                Print Recipe

Ingredients:
1 16oz box of Macaroni (We used the extra large elbows)
1 Lg. Butternut Squash, peeled and cubed
1/4 C. Chicken Broth
Garlic & Onion Powder
Salt & Pepper

Directions:
Prepare macaroni according to package directions
Sauce
Place butternut squash in saucepan with 1/4 c. Chicken broth, cover with top and let steam until tender
Remove tender cubes with slotted spoon to retain the water
Place the cubes into the bullet/blender/food processor and blend until smooth and desired thickness. If you need to thin your sauce use the water you retained in the previous step.

Combine your macaroni and sauce and season to taste and you are done!
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"Tasty Quick & Easy Butternut Mac that even you toddler would like!"click to tweet 

Quick & Easy Butternut Mac turned out to be an awesome side dish.  It is also dairy free, soy free and you can use vegetable stock to replace the chicken stock and make the side vegan as well. 

The next night I added a meat sauce to create a goulash, which the toddler requested again for the third night.  

Three nights in a row.  I would say that this recipe is Toddler Approved!



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21 comments :

  1. How clever to make it into a sauce! That looks very nutritious!

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  2. I've never thought to make a macaroni with squash. I don't eat it but it does sound interesting and more healthy.

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  3. This sounds like a great healthy alternative! I would have never thought of this!

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  4. Never would've thought to do this! This is really a great alternative. May try this out this weekend.

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  5. I haven't had squash since my mom tried to make me eat it 20 years ago...this looks good and as long as I can hide it from me then I am good

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  6. Love this combination, how creative and yummy and good for you! Loving this! :-)
    Cathy

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I love hiding extra veggies in food, and mac n cheese seems to hide a lot! I will have to try this one next.

    Marissa

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  8. Never thought of squash. Recipe seems good, may have to try one day. I am starving right now so your picture isn't helping.

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  9. I wonder if I could make it without the noodles?

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  10. This is very interesting. I like butternut and I love a good mac. Hmm...

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  11. Oh yum Gina. My Z and I are huge fans of squash. We make a lovely butternut squash and apple soup. I will have to try this butternut Mac. Yum!

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  12. I'll definitely have to try this recipe! Looks delish!

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  13. That's cool how you remixed a classic to suit the needs of the little one. It's a win win!

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  14. I love me some mac n' cheese. It's such good comfort food.

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  15. I had to learn how to make a vegan version of mac 'n cheese when my hubby was vegan. So we used a mixture of potatoes and carrots but this recipe looks like it'll cut down on some of my time spent in the kitchen.

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  16. Good way to fool kids. Make the butternut squash into a sauce. How clever is that!

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  17. sneaky sneaky.Good idea to make it into a sauce.

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  18. Thanks for sharing at Small Victories Sunday Linkup!

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  19. That looks delicious in every sense of the word. I'll have to try this sometime!

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