Macaroni and Cheese for Dorothy
Dorothy loves to eat (if she didn't I would probably hold her down and feed her butter to fatten her up). I am very grateful for this fact. It let's me make up baby food recipes and try things on her. She is CRAZY for cheese these days. And when I say CRAZY I mean it, she can eat a handful of shredded cheese before I've put the pouch back in the fridge. I wanted to make her Macaroni and Cheese but a little more healthy so I decided to load it up with every one's favorite-TOFU! Babies kind of don't mind it but there are plenty of adults that think it's horrid. I have to say I love tofu but it needs lots of flavors covering up the wall paper paste taste. This tofu/cheese/pasta concoction turned out amazing and I'm going to try to make an adult version that Tim and I can have and then just cut it up for Dot. For now here's the baby version for all you baby cooks out there!
Dot's Mac and Cheese
1/3 lb. firm *organic tofu
1/4 lb. multi-grain or whole wheat pasta (I used angel hair)
1/4-1/3 cup shredded *organic mild cheddar
1/2 c. broccoli florets-*organic fresh or frozen (or more if your kid likes it)
1/3 c. pasta water (reserve before draining pasta)
1/2 tbsp. butter
sprinkle of garlic powder
sprinkle of white pepper (could use black)
I brought a pot of water to a boil (no salt for baby, but I usually would for me), and added the broccoli and angel hair. In a mini food processor I combined the tofu, garlic powder, white pepper, and pulsed until kind of smooth. I added about 2 tablespoons pasta water and pulsed again, now it should be real smooth. When the pasta and broccoli are soft, drain them and add to processor with the tofu and the butter. Pulse a few times to break up everything but not into a paste (Dorothy is 9+ months, if your kid is younger pulse longer for a smoother consistency). Transfer everything to a bowl and add the shredded cheese and stir together.
*I purposely labeled the organic things I used so I could feel superior and like I got my money's worth, you do not need to use organic to make this sucessful, but it's nice