Even though my kids are pretty good eaters, sometimes it’s challenging to get certain foods into them. Foods that are high in fiber are particularly difficult. But what I’ve found is that if I sneak high fiber foods into dishes they enjoy, it’s easier to get them to eat it.
So when Dreamfields Pasta asked me to develop a high fiber and easy to make meal using their product, I was happy to do so. I had already been tossing around in my mind ways to add cauliflower to our diet because that is a very high fiber veggie. But guess what? My kids don’t like it. Time to hide it in something.
Few kids don’t like mac n cheese. Heck, I love it myself. But the problem with mac n cheese is that it’s so high in fat. This version I’m sharing with you today is quite a bit lighter than traditional mac n cheese. The creaminess comes from the mashed cauliflower which not only makes the dish velvety, but it also adds a generous helping of fiber.
And you can’t even see the cauliflower in the dish. My kids scarfed it down and even asked for seconds. I win.
This trick would work well with just about any dish that requires a heavy white cream sauce. A simple way to add creaminess without a bazillion calories from cream and butter.
Also, if you are looking to introduce healthier carbs to your dinner plate, give Dreamfields Pasta a try. With 5 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein per serving, it’s an easy way to add nutrition to your diet and it tastes great!
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- 4 cups cauliflower, chopped into bite sized chunks
- 1 lb Dreamfields Pasta (you can use any shape)
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1½ Tbsp flour
- 1¼ cup milk (I used 1%)
- 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (low-fat is fine)
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tsp ground mustard
- salt and pepper to taste
- Bring a pot of water to boil. Add cauliflower and cook until fork tender. Drain and mash. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
- Cook pasta just to al dente. Drain and set aside.
- In a heavy pot, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk flour into butter. Cook for three to four minutes or until the mixture turns golden.
- Slowly add milk while vigorously whisking. Add cheese, egg, ground mustard, mashed cauliflower and cooked pasta. Cook for four to five minutes over medium heat.
- Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with toasted breadcrumbs or top with a little extra cheese.