Popeye Mac and Cheese | Spinach Mac and Cheese for Picky Eaters

There’s probably no kid who doesn’t like Mac & Cheese, right?
In a few of my earlier posts I had mentioned how tricky it can get to feed my tiny one. Enough said, she does like a few things and Mac & Cheese luckily is one among them.
Necessity they say is the mother of invention and I feel, mothers have the most necessity for invention.
Every day I have to find new ways to sneak in veggies and fruits (yes, fruits too) in creative ways just so that my toddler gets to eat and have her nutrition right too.
Oh! No, I have no qualms about being a sneaky mom (in a good way that is). Given that, what better medium than Mac & Cheese? So, I made use of this ‘unfair advantage’ and slid in Popeye’s favourite into my little one’s fave food. All is fair in love and food wars isn’t it?
Even though hundreds of packaged ready to make/eat Mac & Cheese come lined up in the supermarket, there’s no better satisfaction than in making my own, it hardly takes more time than the packaged ones. Also, I get to play around with the ingredients and sneak them under my very nose like I did here. What on earth? Turmeric in Mac & Cheese you said? Call me crazy if you like, but I know its antiseptic power. Try telling me who needs it better than kids do?
And rest assured, your finicky eater will lick his plate too ‘cos this recipe comes with a seal of approval from my fussy little one.

Thing’s you’ll need:
  • 1/4 cup Macaroni (your choice of shape)
  • 4-5 large spinach leaves washed and minced
  • 2 tsp boiled and mashed potato (for thickness)
  • 1 tsp minced onion
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp Butter
  • dash of Ground black pepper
  • pinch of garlic powder (substitute with fresh minced garlic if you like)
  • pinch of Turmeric, ‘T’ silent! (I mean, u won’t even know I have added it)
  • 1 mini Babybel (original) cheese (or use cheese of your choice)
  • 1 slice – Horizon American singles cheese (or use cheese of your choice)
  • Salt
How it’s done:

  • Microwave the macaroni immersed in 1/2 a bowl of water and a little salt for 3 mins or until well cooked.
  • Place a small saucepan over medium-heat. Add in the butter.
  • When butter melts, add the garlic and then the minced onions and a pinch of turmeric and sauté until the onions turn translucent.
  • Add in the minced spinach and sauté until the rawness goes away. Add in the mashed potato, salt and ground black pepper and mix well.
  • Now add the milk and let it come to a boil. Add the cooked macaroni into this and stir well.
  • Add in the cheeses and let melt. Add a little more milk if required and keep aside.
  • Serve warm when cooled to room temperature.
  • Do not add too much salt either to the veggies or while cooking mac as the cheeses already have some.
  • Spinach is minced because I didn’t want it sticking on my toddler’s tongue, there by creating a chance of rejecting it
Thrilled to know that Rajani of My Kitchen Trials loved the recipe enough to not only make it in her kitchen but also blogged about it.



11 thoughts on “Popeye Mac and Cheese | Spinach Mac and Cheese for Picky Eaters

    • Radhika @ Just Homemade says:

      Am so glad you do Poornima! My then picky eater daughter would love mac and cheese. So I used that to get her to eat her hidden greens as well!
      She never complained. Hope yours will soon pick up as well. I hope he/she is not the picky kind..

  1. Nishi says:

    I love mac n cheese and I love spinach. So you can imagine how much I loved this recipe of yours. The orange casserole equally cute. Great post Radhika 🙂

  2. Sindhu says:


    This is the first time im visiting ur blog..and its yummy!!!!!
    My daughter is also a picky eater.So when i saw ur mac and cheese recipe wanna try it for my little one..and guess what, she liked it so much that she demanded for more…
    Thanks for wonderful post…. Happy Blogging !!!!!!!!!

    • Radhika says:

      Thank you Sindhu..
      Couldn’t be happier than learning that your picky little eater liked the spinach mac and cheese. I had to come up with that for my picky little one..
      If kids are happy eaters, what else can moms ask for!

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