What child doesn’t LOVE Chili Mac? Parents face the daily challenge of not only providing healthy food for their kids, but making foods their kids will eat. Despite efforts to feed our kids healthy food,the availability of junk food is daily struggle. Our schools are full of garbage for our kids to buy from the cafeteria and the vending machines in every hallway. Teaching our kids how to eat and what to eat is our responsibility as parents.
So, lets be real. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is junk. Yes, I said it. And it contains no nutritional value, nor does any other store bought macaroni and cheese. Despite the labels and claims that milk is “does a body good,” we all know differently.
So, the goal is to make our kids food they love just as much as the foods we inadvertently introduced them to when they were little. I am guilty of this as well. Instead of focusing on guilt, and “I wish I would have fed my kids better food,” we need to move forward and teach our children the value of quality whole foods that tastes better than the junk food they have learned to love.
Although parents are all busy at work, carpooling to sports, and other activities, stop making excuses about not having time to cook quality food for your family. Skip the drive through and the boxed meals.
Instead, meals like Vegan Chili Mac can be made ahead of time, for the exception of the noodles, so when you get home from football, or your child’s sporting events during the school year, you can easily throw this dish together in 15 minutes or less. Prepping beforehand is the key to having quality meals that can be prepared quickly and easily on the fly.
Not only can you top the macaroni off with chili, you can also add some tortilla chips for a little crunch!
If you have extra noodles, keep them in a separate container from the cheese sauce. You should reheat items separately for the best leftovers.