They have been asking for weeks now to do fruit salad. My response? We have to have something with it. This is after all their lunch and as active as they are I knew fruit wouldn't get them through the afternoon. The compromise? Fruit Salad and Macaroni and Cheese. The salads turned into fruit faces but I don't really think that they minded that. Some of the kids even added some extra items from the lunch boxes. Very creative kids! Add that to Mac and Cheese - I think that they were in heaven.
Macaroni and Cheese
1 stick unsalted butter
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
5 cups whole milk
3/4 pound coarsely grated extra-sharp Cheddar (4 cups)
1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked according to instructions
Melt butter in a heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat and stir in flour. Cook roux, stirring, 3 minutes, then whisk in milk. Bring sauce to a boil, whisking constantly, then simmer, whisking occasionally, 3 minutes. Stir in cheese, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in Macaroni.