Meals Kids Loves: Tiffany Bird

It’s Friday everyone! 

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week.  It has been quite a busy one here… the traffic from Noodlehead and Celebrate the Boy has been CRAZY!  It’s so much fun when that happens.  The Southern Institute has gained quite a few new followers as a result, and I want to welcome each and every one of you!!  Thank you for joining us.  I hope that you are encouraged and inspired by what you see and read here.  I try to make this a place where we can all hang out together, mostly as mothers, and inspire one another.  You, yes you, inspire me so.

Today, our Meals Kids Love post comes from Tiffany Bird of Simply Modern Mom.

I have had the pleasure of spending time with Tiffany on two occasions and can tell you from personal experience that she is just as sweet in person as you would hope.  She has a beautiful family and a great blog where she aims to help modern moms simplify their lives.  Good stuff ladies… check her out!  Today she has a twist on an old lunchtime classic for us.  I like to call it…

Macaroni with a secret.

If your child is like mine, she has her favorite foods. A staple food for Kaye is macaroni and cheese. To make it healthier, I add pureed squash to it. Try it next time. My kids prefer it with the squash now. I know there are recipe books that incorporates vegetable purees into meals to make it healthier, one of which I own called Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld.

1 box Kraft macaroni and cheese
3 tablespoons butter, can be substituted with olive oil
2 jars of #2 (4 ounce) squash baby food

  1. Prepare macaroni and cheese as directed on the box.
  2. Add the powder cheese, butter and squash to the macaroni. Exclude the milk.

Um, could it be any simpler than that?  Thanks, Tiffany!  I for one would never have thought to do this!

Do any of you sneak veggies into your kids’ meals? 
What do you do?

Stay tuned… I’ll be sharing about our Meals Kids Love link up that will be taking place one week from today!  We have three more guests for the series and they are not to be missed!


  1. I have so many friends that have had to sneak in veggies. This looks great!

  2. Greta says:

    I am going to have to make that! I have a child with sensory issues and food is a tough one for us. She will only eat a few things and they have to “look” right. I may be able to sneak this one past her.

  3. Lindsey says:

    It looks the same; cool!

    I don’t actually try to hide my kids’ veggies. I make them try ‘em straight up. They still hate them, but they know what cauliflower looks like.

  4. Jenny says:

    @Lindsey I’ve never been one to hide veggies either, but my youngest is so picky that I’m going to try this. I have snuck Kale into smoothies before and he loves that!

  5. As long as they didn’t catch me – this just might work! lol
    I’ll have to kick ‘em out of the kitchen for step #2!!!
    new follower- Kelli

  6. As long as they didn’t catch me – this just might work! lol
    I’ll have to kick ‘em out of the kitchen for step #2!!!
    new follower- Kelli

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