There are a few things that you need when you are stuck inside waiting out a snow storm. Essentials. For me those are homemade snacks, wine, and cheese. Most of these snow day essentials will break your diet, but cheese number sneaks in some veggies the kids will be oblivious to and will love. Bonus, it scored a 5 star rating from my husband.
Straight from the pages of my Clean Eating magazine comes a recipe that you must try – Gooey Mac & Cheese Balls!! Kid and husband tested, mother approved.
Gooey Mac & Cheese Balls
- 1 Butternut Squash (approx. 1 1/2 cups)
- 1 cup Cauliflower
- 1 box Whole-Grain Elbow Macaroni
- 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
- 7 Tbsp Whole-Wheat Flour
- 1 cup Whole Milk
- 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
- 1 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- 1/2 cup Shredded Swiss Cheese
- 1/2 cup Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
- 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
- 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1 3/4 cups Whole-Wheat Panko Bread Crumbs
- 2 Tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add squash and cauliflower and cook until vegetables are tender. The time will depend on how small you cut the vegetables. Drain vegetables reserving 1/4 cup of cooking water. Add vegetables and water to food processor and puree. Set aside.
- Cook pasta according to package, drain and set aside.
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Whisk in flour. Slowly add milk, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens. Add the vegetable puree, mustard, and salt. Remove for heat and add the delectable cheeses.
- Pour sauce over the cooked pasta and stir to coat. Transfer to a cake pan, cover and place in refrigerator overnight (or at least 2 hours).
- Preheat over to 375
- Gather three shallow bowls. In the first, add whole-wheat flour, paprika, and cayenne pepper. In the second, scramble the two eggs. In the third, stir together the whole-wheat panko and parmesan cheese.
- Take you macaroni out of the refrigerator and make 1 inch balls. Roll the balls in the whole-wheat flour, then the egg, then the panko-cheese mixture and place onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
These come with rave reviews from my sons. The oldest proclaimed these were the best meal I have ever made and the little one didn’t throw any!! Many parents out there will appreciate what a no-throw dinner means.
I have to admit, my role during a snow storm has changed drastically now that I am an adult. Adults tend to think about batteries, loss of electricity, frozen pipes, and stock up on essentials in case you are home bound for days. Kids focus on the snow, the forts, the fun and the goodies. Maybe I haven’t quite achieved the full rank of adult – I fall in the middle somewhere. My expansion into adulthood really lies with the wine, but other than the wine my list of grocery essentials has not changed much since my childhood days. Marshmallows, homemade cookie ingredients, and cheese . . . lots and lots of cheese.