Healthy St. Patrick’s Day Mac & Cheese! So Easy!

Healthy St. Patrick’s Day Mac & Cheese!

St. Patrick’s Day is my favorite holiday. I know that sounds crazy and I am not Irish so I don’t even have that as an excuse. I just love that it is a fun holiday that is not yet taken over by store sales and media. I love the thought that if you don’t wear green you will get pinched and I loved all the amazing St. Patrick’s Day traditions I had as a child.

My Mom used to have a St. Patrick’s Day ‘pin collection’ and every St. Patrick’s Day my brothers and I would get to choose what ‘pins’ and such we would wear to school that day. It was fun choosing my green socks and doing my hair in funky green colors. It was just an all around great time.

Now that I am older I still love St. Patrick’s Day. Each year I try to make the month of March leading up to the 17th special for the kids. Recently that entailed making healthy green Mac & Cheese.

Ingredients:

Box of Mac & Cheese
Milk
Bundle Spinach (about 3 cups) – make sure you wash it well first
Salt and Pepper as needed
 

Okay…now reading those ingredients you might be surprised that I used a Boxed Mac & Cheese…but yes. For this recipe I did as it was quick and easy.

1.- I prepared the macaroni as directed on the box.

2. While the macaroni was cooking I added the milk (how much was said on box of Mac & Cheese) as well as cheese and bundle of spinach to the Magic Bullet. Blend until smooth.

3. Drain macaroni and add the spinach mixture to the macaroni. It will turn green and me a little healthier then just the boxed stuff! Sprinkle with Salt and Pepper as needed!

The kids were thrilled with their Green Mac & Cheese and it really helped put them in the St. Patrick’s Day mood. Plus they never even guessed that it was spinach! YAY!


Comments

  1. Wow, looks yummy and easy to prepare. I’m gonna give this a try. Thanks.

  2. Huguette English says:

    Easy and great for St. Patrick’s Day, thanks!

  3. Pamela Halligan says:

    I’m always looking for healthier versions of Mac & cheese because it’s a family favorite. I’m definitely going to try this recipe for our St. Patty’s Day dinner. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Great idea!

  5. Too funny. I love how green the spinach turned the mac and cheese. I bet it tasted great too.

  6. Such a great idea! Spinach goes so well with pasta, and to add it into the Mac and Cheese for St. Patrick’s Day…brilliant! 😀

  7. Harmony B says:

    Great idea! the kids will love it because its green.

  8. Just saw this on Chic on a Shoestring. What a great idea for the kids!

  9. genius ! would love if you linked this post to our #KidsintheKitchen meme, it’s a great fit http://lookwhatmomfound.com/2013/03/kidsinthekitchen-using-colored-rice-as-art.html#

  10. lol this is a cute idea…I think all the kids in my life would just love green mac and cheese 🙂 I like a healthy twist on regular everyday meals

  11. VeganMom says:

    My husband is wanting to do St. Patrick’s Day themed ideas with our kids this year. (He’s tapping into his Irish heritage.) However, we will use whole wheat pasta and for him and our five-year-old daughter, cheese from the local meat market and for our son and me, Diaya rice milk shredded cheese. I don’t know if it will turn out, but it would be fun trying.

  12. Susan Broughton says:

    This is so cool. I’m glad someone has come up with a healthier version. This is so good for St Patricks Day. The kids will love it. It reminds me of the Dr. Seuss Green eggs and Ham lol

  13. Jennifer Mae Hiles says:

    How cool! My kids love Mac and Cheese, so this will combine a St. Patty’s day lunch AND get my kids to eat spinach! WIN WIN! I need to get me one of those nifty Magic Bullets, it looks so fun!

  14. What a great idea to add spinach! I have a magic bullet too so it would be super easy for me to do this 🙂

    Thanks for linking up this post to The Best Blog Recipe’s Weekend re-Treat #7!

    Wanted to stop by and pin your image to My Link Parties Craft/DIY & Recipe Boards while I was here.

    Shauna
    http://thebestblogrecipes.blogspot.com/
    http://ready2loseweight.blogspot.com/

  15. Pinned! Thanks so much for linking up to Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker. I look forward to coming back on Monday Night!

  16. Stacey Orendach says:

    Awesome, I have to remember this recipe!

  17. katklaw777 says:

    What a great idea…I do not have a bullet but I will try it in my blender and I luv spinach!

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