Happy New School Year! Back to school time is here and if you are like me, you’ve been searching Pinterest for kid friendly, healthy lunches that your kid will actually eat. Anything that I can make ahead of time or freeze is a huge plus for our busy schedule. I recently made mac and cheese cups, with some kale and spinach tossed in, and they were a huge hit with the kids! You can easily add a cup to a lunchbox and pat yourself on the back for sneaking in some greens. Another big mom win is that many of the Annies mac and cheese boxes at Sprouts have Box Tops on them, score!
INGREDIENTS (makes 6 mac & cheese cups)
Annies Shells & Real Aged Cheddar (1/3 cup per cup)
6 cups water
3 tbsp milk
2 tbsp unsalted butter (optional)
1/2 cup chopped kale & spinach
coconut oil spray (or other cooking spray)
shredded cheddar cheese (1/2 tbsp per cup)
bread crumbs (1/8 tsp per cup)
Step 1: Head to Sprouts and purchase your ingredients, including other Box Tops products! I love that Sprouts has so many Box Tops participants now, including some of our favorite Annies snacks!
Step 2: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Make Annies Shells & Real Aged Cheddar according to package. Boil 6 cups of water, add pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes. Drain pasta and mix in 3 tbsp milk, 2 tbsp butter (optional) and cheese packet. Mix in 1/2 cup chopped kale and spinach.
Step 3: Spray a baking sheet with coconut oil spray (or other cooking spray). Add 1/3 cup of the mac & cheese mixture to each of the 6 cups. You’ll have a little extra, which turned into my toddler’s lunch. Top each cup with 1/2 tbsp shredded cheddar cheese and 1/8 tsp bread crumbs.
Step 4: Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Allow to completely cool before removing the mac & cheese cups. Enjoy at home or pack in a lunchbox! Today’s bento lunch for my kindergartener consisted of an Annies mac & cheese cup, Food Should Taste Good tortilla chips – sweet potato, carrots, a Cascadian Farm granola bar, cucumbers and Annies honey graham crackers. Mostly Box Tops products!
Step 5: Don’t forget to enter the Sprouts Box Tops Giveaway for a chance to win 25,000 eBoxTops for your school! NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Begins 12:00 A.M. PST on July 27, 2016 and ends at 11:59 P.M. PST on August 17, 2016. Open to 50 US and DC residents (except FL & NY residents), 18 years of age or older who are members of BoxTops4Education.com and have designated a school to support at time of entry. Membership to BoxTops4Education.com is free and available at www.boxtops4education.com. Void in NY, FL and where prohibited. Subject to Official Sweepstakes Rules at www.btfe.com/SproutsBoxTopsGiveaway. Sponsored by General Mills Sales, Inc.
Learn more about Box Tops at Sprouts. Does your school participate in Box Tops?