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Yum, yum, yum

September 17, 2009

Queenie now says “yum, yum, yum” while rubbing her tummy. It’s so funny because she thinks it is something funny to do, so while she is doing it, and chewing her food, she has this HUGE smile on her face with food squishing out of it. Before becoming a mother I would have found that gross on any child. But not on my child. On my child it’s cute. We mothers are sick.

I wanted to share with you a new recipe that Queenie actually ate two whole plates of (two different days)! It is homemade macaroni and cheese, but I swear it isn’t hard to make and it has an extra kick to it that will make you want to cry, it’s so good.

Once your pasta is just about done cooking, place 3/4 cup of cream in a saucepan (never said it was diet). Heat it up slowly (very low heat for the entire cooking process). When the cream has heated up add about 8 ounces of shredded cheese to it. Add a small pint of salt and a dash of pepper and stir. Add about 1/2 a cup of 1% milk and keep stirring. The cheese should be just about melted. Now for the kick: add 1/2 to 1 cup of purreed pumpkin. Stir and add to the pasta. Serve hot.

IT IS SO YUMMY. I swear. If you have never cooked with pumpkin other to make a pie you would be amazed at the taste quality that it can add to so many things. I started cooking with it here in spain. It and orange squash. You can add orange squash to the mac and cheese if you would prefer, but the pumpkin is a must try.

Pumpkin is packed with vitamins and using the canned pumpkin is just as good as using a natural one, almost. I dare you to try this. I’ll bet you’d be surprised. And without ever telling your kids, they will gobble up this recipe while getting some vitamin A and C as well as potassium, manganese, copper and one of the B vitamins, riboflavin, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, folate, vitamins E and B6, niacin, thiamin and pantothenic acid. What more could you want?

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