Poofy Cheeks: Guiltless Mac and Cheese with the Horizon Mac-N-Ator

March 6, 2015

Guiltless Mac and Cheese with the Horizon Mac-N-Ator

My husband's new job has really taken a toll on our family (or maybe just me). He keeps telling me it will be better when he is done with training but for now his hours are all over the place and he often goes 7+ days without a day off. He goes in early one morning and then late afternoon the next day without knowing what his hours will be until the night before. His scattered shifts make meal planning a bit difficult. I usually don't cook a huge spread when he works in the evening because trying to cook and look after all four kids isn't an easy task. Toss in baths and homework on a school night and I'm lucky if I get to eat dinner at all. Okay - thanks for listening to my pity party for a minute. I know most moms deal with the same type of thing. Thanks to Horizon Mac and Cheese and their Mac-N-Ator I can get ideas for quick dinners to serve my kids on these crazy nights.

Dinners without my husband consist of mac and cheese, grilled cheese or soup paired with finger food type sides. To avoid feeling guilty about these easy meals I try to sneak in fruits and veggies where I can. One thing I have been sneaking into the kids' Mac and Cheese are carrots. My kids don't want their favorite food mixed with anything because they think it is perfect all on its own but when I put carrots in they don't even know they're there! The orange carrots blend in with the cheese sauce and the taste barely changes. Here is how I include carrots into their mac--
Classic Mac & Carrots -
  • Bring six cups of water to a boil. Once boiling add in Horizon Mac noodles and grated carrots. Return to a boil and cook for 10-12 minutes or until pasta is finished.
  • Use a strainer to drain the water and then return pasta and carrots back to the pot.
  • Stir in Horizon Mac cheese packet, milk and butter and keep stirring until butter is melted. This is when I often toss in another handful of grated carrots. Now serve it up busy moms and dads!


Fun cows, carrots and their favorite food combine to make a meal that the kids AND I can be happy about! See that - you can't even tell I added extra veggies right into their cheese sauce. Let's keep this our little secret - m'kay?!

 Then when mom is hungry (that would be me) I grab myself a small bowl and sneak away to the living room for a moment of peace and quiet. I mean do you see these gooney goo-goos? It is hard to catch a quiet minute with them around.

How do you balance everything? From kids to jobs and then worrying about keeping things healthy my head can start to spin.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.


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