KRAFT Macaroni and Cheese Veggie Pasta: Review and Giveaway

I would love to tell you that both of my children are fabulous, healthy eaters.  Unfortunately, dinnertime can be a battle.  As any good Mom, I want to make sure that my children are offered whole grains, vegetables and fruits several times throughout the day.  While they love most fruits, I have been unsuccessful in getting them to eat most vegetables.  Spinach, celery and corn is about the extent of their repetoire so I am constantly trying to find ways to introduce more vitamins into their diets.

One thing they love?  KRAFT macaroni and cheese.  Every time.  So, when I learned that KRAFT produced a Macaroni and Cheese Veggie Pasta, I couldn’t wait to make the switch!  About the product:

“New KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Veggie Pasta has the great taste of KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese that kids and adults love, now with a half serving of vegetables* per one cup of product. KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Veggie Pasta can be enjoyed in two flavors – Original and Three Cheese. Prepare creamy cheese sauce mix and pour over steaming noodles to experience the classic taste of original KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese the whole family will love.

*The equivalent of a 1/2 serving (1/4 cup) of cauliflower per cup of product. USDA MyPyramid.gov recommends 2 1/2 cups (5 servings) per day for a 2,000-calorie diet.”

Preparing the veggie pasta was no different and the finished product looked and smelled just like original version as well.  But would the kids be able to tell the difference?  Would they sniff out the hidden vegetables and reject the pasta?

No!

In fact, they loved it and requested seconds as per the usual reaction to KRAFT macaroni and cheese dinners.  I am so pleased that I can rest assured that my girls will get a 1/2 serving of veggies with no complaints and little effort on my part.  We will definitely be purchasing KRAFT Macaroni and Cheese Veggie Pasta again!

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GIVEAWAY

KRAFT would like to give FOUR boxes of KRAFT Macaroni and Cheese Veggie Pasta to one lucky winner!

How to Enter:

1. Tell me how you get your kids to eat their veggies!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog (10 extra entries).

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Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on July 25th.  Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This review is the opinion The Experimental Mommy. Others may have a differing opinion of the product.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest.

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  1. tori lee says:

    I have actually mixed pureed veggies in with mac and cheese. They loved it!
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  7. Anna C. says:

    I definately have to hide the veges in my kids foods. Anything green or otherwise looking like a vegetable gets the wrinkled nose and yuck words. I blame this on my husband who does the same 🙂 We are all working on it together, trying to be creative!

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  11. EMMA L HORTON says:

    I HIDE THEM IN SALADS

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  13. I mix vegetables with fruit and I eat it with them! :]

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  14. DeeAnn S says:

    My kids like veggies so it’s never been a problem getting them to eat them. I found that having them plant, care, and harvest veggies in the garden helps them want to eat them. Thanks.

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  17. Linda Lansford says:

    I mix them in other foods

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  19. They love some of my casseroles so I add extra veggies, and they love my veg. soup.

  20. I hide it in their food.
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  21. Anne Loyd says:

    I buy them veggies they haven’t tried before and want to try to get them more involved with what they eat.

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  24. susie lee wiener says:

    We don’t have kids but I get my young niece and nephew to eat veggies by topping them with delicious low-cal hollandaise sauce. They love it and my sister really appreciates me. 🙂

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  29. Wendy McBride says:

    manwich has some.lol
    Also, they will eat broccoli with cheese.

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  30. Stephanie V. says:

    chop them up, give them funny names and include them in sauces or in things like chicken salad where the taste is disguised a bit

  31. meagain2 says:

    one of my kids favorite meals is spaghetti and i add small pieces of carrots to the sauce

  32. Sounds obvious, but Mac & Cheese is truly the best way to sneak vegis..corn/ squash and I always throw extra frozen vegis on pizzas.

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  35. kellie terwin says:

    try about 20 times per food

  36. Shell Holland says:

    I just mix them in so they’re hard to pick out and put yummy spices and stuff into the recipes so it tastes good!

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  39. Mellissa C says:

    I hide them in smoothies.

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  41. I’ll use veggies as a side dish or put them in dishes like casserole or lasagna

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  45. i hide it in muffins and juices and anything else i can think of
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  47. I am a fortunate mom whose daughter loves almost all vegetables! She will even eat ones that I won’t touch, like olives and turnip greens.

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  49. Christine says:

    veggie lasagna

  50. I serve them with ranch dressing

  51. Mary Warr says:

    my kids love veggies! I do add a pinch of butter and salt to everything. cheese helps too 🙂

  52. my kids like them raw with dip

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  58. Nicole-Lynn says:

    I don’t have kids, but my niece can be a picky veggie eater, so my sister likes to hide the veggies in her food as best as she can. I like to have my niece over and would love to have this on hand! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  63. Annmarie W. says:

    My kids have actually always been good about eating vegetables. And they absolutely love them in soup!

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  67. Patti Hess says:

    I try and smother it with cheese or gravy….doesn’t always work

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  71. i sneak veggies into treats such as zucchini bread and black bean brownies!

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  73. Jessyca says:

    As long as we are having Green Beans or Broccoli, my kids eat those willingly.
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  78. I’m lucky – my daughter loves veggies – she prefers a fresh tomato over a slice of pizza 🙂

  79. Lena_in_ATL says:

    I cut the veggies up small so they’re too hard to pick out. (That’s so that I won’t pick them out!) I’m the picky eater in my family.

  80. MichelleS says:

    Pureed since she’s a baby still.

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  95. Kristie says:

    I make them at least try a few bites even if they don’t like it.

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  97. Caryn S says:

    Luckily my child is very good at eating them on her own!

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  99. Tonya Dean says:

    We like the raw veggie trays with dip.

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  100. We don’t allow dessert or second helpings unless they finish their vegetables.

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  102. charline says:

    I get the kids to eat vegggies by using dips and sauces.
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  104. Diane Baum says:

    I hide them in their chicken pot pies

  105. Mandala says:

    I remember my mom used to chop small bits of veggies and mixed them in her home made burger patties and we loved them. Now us siblings are doing it for our children and/or nephews – we make our own burger patties. Thanks!
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  108. Ed Nemmers says:

    We grow vegetables in the backyard and this helps with the little ones to eat them!

  109. Rebecca Peters says:

    I have a hard time with my son, but I tell him when he eats them his muscles get big like a super hero and he will then eat them
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  112. Emma Peel says:

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  114. Debra F says:

    Both of my boys have lots of veggies that they will eat without much coercion, so I’m pretty lucky. I also make a lot of casseroles and sauces that have a lot of veggies in them and the kids don’t even realize they are eating them.

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  118. I have to hide them or put cheese on them.

  119. kathy pease says:

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  121. We grow them ourselves… it makes kids much more willing to try new things!

  122. I grow my own and let them pick them. Thankyou

  123. susan smoaks says:

    i try to hide the veggies in pasta, this is a great idea!

  124. Erica C. says:

    I mix veggies in pasta dishes so they wind up eating veggies with their favorite tasty pasta.

  125. Nick Hilleshiem says:

    My kids love cheese, so I usually just put a little cheese on the veggies that they dont care for as much!

  126. Heather W says:

    I let them pick what kind they want to eat
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  128. I sit down and try to eat my veggies and then they come and eat mine.. without touching theirs.

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  130. nicole parsons says:

    I put cheese on all their veggies so they eat them

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  132. It’s hard to get my son to get veggies so I have to puree them into soups

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  135. I get my daughter to eat veggies by letting her dip them in dressings & sauces

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  137. I get my kids to eat vegetables by serving the handful of veggies that they will eat over and over.
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  139. I get my kids to eat their veggies with songs

  140. A few bites in and they end up liking their vegetables.

  141. Making them part of meal prep has helped a lot!

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