This Chili Mac is not just easy to make, it's gluten free too!
While many kids in general have food sensitivities, special needs kids seem to have them even more frequently. My seven year old daughter is autistic, and while she doesn't have any allergies, many of her little friends do. Don't think I get off easy though, she is an excruciatingly fussy eater. She does enjoy macaroni and cheese though, and the new Horizon Organic Gluten-free Mac went over very well with her.
She loves helping me in the kitchen, but has motor control difficulties in addition to her communication struggles, so I keep her cooking participation away from the stove.
She watches me closely, so is pretty good at gathering ingredients for dishes she has seen me make before (especially those she likes). We also count items together, and I show her measurements. She "gets" far more than she can express or physically complete at this time. By teaching her the preparations, she will already know what to do, when her body catches up with her mind.
In the meantime, she get most of her hands on actions with the "squishy" jobs she loves like stretching pizza dough and making cookies. As long as she gets to help in some way, she is happy, and enjoys the results that much more.
The dish I'm sharing today, was created with kids in mind. It is not spicy, I kept the chili very simple and preparation does not require any knife use. Most children would enjoy it, and many can either prepare it themselves or help.
I would never even try my late husband's chili mac, but loved this. Yes, I'm probably almost as fussy as a kid, so that is saying something.
- 1 box of Horizon Organic Gluten Free Mac Macaroni & White Cheddar
- ½ lb low fat ground turkey
- 1 ½ tbs chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ⅓ cup marinara
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup shredded cheddar
- Broil pot of water to boil, add pasta.
- While water is heating and pasta is cooking, brown turkey, then add chili powder, onion powder and marinara. stir and reduce heat to low.
- When pasta is cooked to al dente, drain and add to ground turkey, along with seasoning mix and milk.
- Stir well, and cook for a minute. Turn off burner.
- Serve with a sprinkle of shredded cheddar over the hot chili mac.
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