Live to be 100

The food pyramid has become a plate. As you can see, half of the plate is made up of fruits and vegetables. So at every meal our plate should contain at least half fruits and vegetables.

I try to incorporate fruits and vegetables into just about everything I make. In some dishes, I try to “sneak” them in. I will dice them very small and my family has no idea about the vegetables that they have just consumed. I will also puree certain vegetables and incorporate them into meals. They add that certain thing that makes you go “hmm”.

One meal that I haven’t been stealthy with the vegetables is my “Live to be 100 Mac and Cheese”. My son has made numerous remarks about wanting everyone to live to be 100. I can’t say that this will guarantee that to happen, but eating your share of vegetables will definately help to keep your heart and circulatory system running smoothly. Vegetables are naturally fat and cholesterol free and they contain cancer fighting phytochemicals.

I have stopped buying as much processed, boxed and overpackaged foods as possible. I know it takes a little longer to prepare things from scratch but it is worth it to me. It turns out to be less expensive, healthier and it makes me feel better about my position on this plant.

Even back in 400 BC Hippocrates said “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.”

Live to be 100 Mac and Cheese

8 oz. your choice of pasta

I use Piccolini Carrots and Squash pasta. It contains 1 full serving of vegetables per 100 g portion.

3 Tbs margarine

3 Tbs flour

2 cups milk

salt and pepper

2 cups shredded chedder cheese

1 cup broccoli, chopped (good source of vitamin C and calcium)

Broccoli picked fresh from my first ever garden..yay!

1 cup cauliflower, chopped (high in dietary fiber and folate)

Cook pasta according to package. Preheat oven to 350 F. Melt margarine in pan and stir in flour until combined. Gradually stir in the milk. Cook, stirring continuously over medium heat until the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper to your liking. Add cheese and stir until incorporated. Combine pasta, vegetables and cheese in a 8×8 baking dish.

You can top it with bread crumbs if you like. My son literally loathes the texture of crunchy things next to soft things. I don’t know, maybe he’ll grow out of that?!

You could add carrots (loaded with beta carotene) and peas (contains folate and fiber) or whatever vegetables your family prefers.  Bake for 30 minutes until bubbly.

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