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Why This Family Will Never Make This Popular Staple Ever Again

This is a very special episode of Food Babe TV. I receive thousands of letters, emails and comments asking for help everyday. Watch as I visit a busy family in need of a major pantry makeover and show them how to remake their favorite go to dinner without harmful ingredients. This video is full of really important information. At the end, I share an update about my visit with a major fast food company.

Watch Below:


Highlights From The Show:

  1. If you’d like to learn more about what happened during my visit to the Kraft Headquarters, you can read the entire inside story here. 
  2. Chick-fil-A has informed me they are making some changes to their ingredients as a result of your voice and my visit with them. I will keep you posted on the exact developments and what they are changing very soon. Sign up for email updates to stay posted!
  3. Please take a moment to join over 347,000 people and sign my petition to remove artificial food dyes from Kraft Mac & Cheese here. 
  4. Did you know that Monoglyceride and Diglycerides are food additives labeled as emulsifiers, but basically can be sources of hidden trans fat? Food companies can get away with not labeling these ingredients as trans fat because they are categorized as emulsifiers not lipids by the FDA. Sneaky, huh?
  5. Here’s the special recipe for homemade Mac & Cheese (without petroleum-based artificial food dyes) I made for the family below. It’s so good, as you can tell from the children’s response in the video. (For my favorite healthy pasta recommendations and brands, check this post here for all the details.)

Mac & Cheese

Food Babe's Homemade Mac & Cheese
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Serves: 8
  • 2 tbsp grassfed organic butter
  • 12 ounces raw goat milk mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 16 ounce package of 100% organic sprouted whole wheat or spelt pasta noodles
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • a dash of nutmeg (optional)
  1. Bring 8 cups of water to a boil in a large pot on stove
  2. Add pasta and cook until it is al dente or firm to package directions
  3. While pasta is cooking, steam cauliflower in large pot filled with 1 or 2 cups water (place cauliflower steamer basket)
  4. Shred cheese by hand with grater or in a food processor
  5. Grate cauliflower by hand using a grater or pulse in a food processor
  6. Mix grated cheese, cauliflower, butter, and seasonings in with drained pasta
  7. Stir well and enjoy!
***Please use all organic ingredients if possible***


If you know a family still making boxed Mac & Cheese, or in need of a little inspiration, please share this post with them.

Together we are changing the world.

Lots of Love,

Food Babe

P.S. Does your pantry need a make over? Or perhaps a friend or family member’s pantry? Share some details below in the comments and who knows, I may show up.

10/31 Breaking News:

Kraft is removing artificial food dyes from 3 products aimed towards children. I will be commenting in full later. But you, the #FoodBabeArmy, please take action now. Tell Kraft thank you for listening, but they have more work to do. We want artificial food dyes that are linked to hyperactivity, asthma, allergies and contaminated with carcinogens out of all Mac & Cheese products.

The human body was not meant to eat petroleum.

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288 responses to “Why This Family Will Never Make This Popular Staple Ever Again

  1. Don’t get me wrong i love this show and the food lady! keep up the great work. Im just so sick of people demanding the government do something about these sub par products. Do your own research find people like the food lady and be happy. don’t demand a protective bubble thats forced on everyone by the government.

    1. Laws…regulation, etc. Our government IS responsible for allowing our food to be poisoned and it IS directly drawn back to them because of their promotion of GMOs and other non food ingredients being added into our food supply. Don’t be stupid about this; don’t assume that your food is okay just because you’re a vegan. You are hard pressed to even find non GMO seeds…also government approved and pushed on us.

      1. Bull! Consumer demands drive industry much better and faster than government regulation ever will. Have you considerd that you are asking the equivalent of asking a monkey to conduct brain surgery? What makes you think that the government knows how to do this? What makes you think they won’t mess our food up more than it is already? You have a lot of trust in people that are incompetent in every area they have power. My point is that an informed consumer makeing thoughtful decisions about health and diet, is better than a person blindly buying crap and assuming that the government or some one else has their best interest in mind. This project confirms my statements, the food lady is a privet citizen with information on a mission.

      2. @Degosh: You’ve completely missed the point in my answer. They ALREADY have their hands into everything regarding our food. It’s getting them to STOP the poisoning of our food that I’m advocating. I want them to STOP approving GMO seeds (and support of Monsanto), I want the STOP the deep funding of corn GMO so that it isn’t put into our food in every possible manner. I want them OUT of our food production process, and that includes everything that grows. Until we put our collective foot down they will continue to poison our food, disease increases, death by food increases and so on. Being your own advocate is a definite YES in my book, but that includes telling our government to keep their busy little annoying noses out of it. Do you not agree?

      3. You are right, Patricia. The goverment has been allowing us to be fed poison that’s banned in other countries. It’s sickening and although I watch out for myself, they need to stop.

      4. Im just so sick of people

        Parroting what the Koch Brothers pay Fox News to spout at ’em.

        demanding the government do something about these sub par products. Do your own research find people like the food lady

        Having food and other safety regulations are esstential and have NEVER served as a substitute for looking out for your own and your neighbor’s well-being. There’s a lot to look out for, and your paranoia about incompetence is fitting for a tiny troll. Troll, don’t tell other to

        “and be happy. don’t demand a protective bubble thats forced on everyone by the government. ” Your paranoia is your own. Own it.

      5. @saucetinau
        Your diatribe and insults against me are unnecessary and belittles you and not me. I’ve not quoted anyone, especially the Koch brothers and I’ve done research for a living, so the nonsense that you spout makes you look little and stupid. Please don’t bother to add comments if you can’t be civil, intelligent, and responsible in the conversation.

        I believe the consensus here is that we wish for the government to keep their hands off of our food supply and let the farmers do what they do best without companies like Monsanto poisoning our food supply. Farming has been occurring since the beginning of time without the help of governments or chemical companies being involved. Research has shown that the chemicals added to the farming process doesn’t increase yield but rather the opposite occurs and also introduces poison to the food.

        I never said anything about having the government being involved or asking for a protective bubble, whatever that’s supposed to mean, which shows that you didn’t even bother to read my post.

        The next time you want to call someone a tiny troll, go look in your mirror…I think you find the tiny troll that you’re referring to facing you right back.

      6. Patricia, it seems that saucetinau was responding to degosh, not you. reread her/his comments.

    2. The FDA does NEED to fix this. They allowed cancer causing food into the food supply. Why do you think Europe dosn’t allow it? Makes me made that other countries have better contols on healthy food. Why would Kraft make a healthy choice for Europe and poision their own country? Kraft is an American Company, we should demand better from American Companies, or would you rather pay higher Insurance prices because we are all dying from our foods. We need to protect our children, they are being poisioned.

      1. It’s all about big $. That’s why the big corporations DON’T want truth in labeling laws. They want us to remain in the dark – which of their additives are GMO. If additives are BANNED in Europe, then WE should not have those same additives in OUR food!! It seems the only way to know the food you eat is to grow your own =/

    3. If poisoning food is illegal in other countries, and most of these toxic ingredients we find in our foods in the US are illegal in other countries, then I see no reason why it would be asking too much that it be illegal in the US. I mean the government requires helmets for kids and makes chocolate Easter eggs with small toys (Kinder Eggs) illegal here so small children don’t hurt themselves. So, if you want the government involved in the parenting/protection of your children, then why not in the poisonous contamination of their/our food supply?
      Whether or not we are slowly poisoned or quickly poisoned, the end result is still the same. Besides this is not about freedom of choice, it’s about money. If it was about Freedom of choice they would tell us what is in it to begin with.

    4. You are so grossly misinformed about the government’s role in our food. They bop from the FDA to Monsanto’s Board of Directors and back.

    5. Children do not decide what is put on the dinner table. Therefore I think the government should regulate food and prohibit harmful ingredients or at least demand a warning label on the product.

  2. You might not think the government needs to do anything, but I disagree. The government agencies in charge of our food production have the proverbial revolving door with the big agriculture businesses. They want your money and don’t care about your health. People who educate themselves on nutrition are trying to spread the word. Low income people many times are the most vulnerable to advertising. Big business makes bad food cheap. And many people who are advocates of natural and wholesome eating do put there money and time where their mouth is.

  3. I completely agree that this junk shouldn’t be in our foods but the problem isn’t the government or corporate America it’s the consumer’s fault. The consumers control the market if you don’t want this stuff in your food don’t buy it. The reason they keep using this junk is because it’s cheap and people are willing to pay for it.

    1. I agree…this is how the free market works! We (the consumers) control it. That is what makes us different! Our Constitution assumes that we the people are intelligent enough to make our own choices, do our own research, and deal with the consequences. And if you don’t know this, please go back and take Constitution 101.
      I am all for educating people on the issues with our food and dealing with private companies through petitions, and do this all the time. But getting the government involved is a whole other ballgame. Let’s educate people on the effects of their choices and petition companies- but if people want to still buy what they’re buying IN SPITE of facts, that’s their problem, then. The government that governs less, governs the best.

    2. This comment belies a misunderstanding of how brains, consciousness, and reward processes really work. To read it, one would think you have never bought something you didn’t want or need because of clever advertising or because of someone pressuring you into it (like nagging children, say) or because it looked really cool when someone else did it.

      If you’re already entrenched in the belief that we are completely in control of our minds and have unlimited free will, likely nothing I can say will change your mind. But if you know any psychiatrists or social workers in your personal life, like say they’re friends of the family or something and they’re people you generally like, sit down with them and have them explain how this stuff works.

      If you’re not even willing to do that, here’s a thought experiment: should morphine be freely available to purchase on drug store shelves? Why or why not?

    3. Mr. Gomez, please please read the Omnivore’s Dilemma and watch Food Inc.. The government has a HUGE hand in the way the industrial agriculture business is run today. It started with Nixon’s administration and many farm bills have been passed that support corporations like Monsanto, Cargill, etc. The corporations facilitate misunderstanding with their labeling and advertising. Yes the consumer is a factor, but many people (including yourself) are unaware of what’s going on. Yes processed food is cheaper. The consumer doesn’t have much control over pricing. You can afford what you can afford. The Government needs to stop pushing in favor of processed food made from processed corn. Consumers can help by boycotting, but the government needs to take action (or stop taking action) as well.

    4. It would be the consumers fault, only if the consumers were fully aware of what they were eating. Unfortunately, the corporations use loopholes and language to purposely hide what they are using in their products, because they know any half intelligent being would not knowingly consume this crap.

  4. Wow must be nice to be speaking to the top 10% of people that can afford to feed their family $20 Mac and cheese and buy $5 loaves of bread and put $15 cheese on it. The reason Mac and cheese and other inexpensive food options are so popular is because so many people don’t have the means to buy any other way. Not to say the government is right but these stay at home moms in their land rovers and suburban lives are pathetic. Leave your neighbour good once in a while (and I don’t mean take a trip to Europe or the carribean) and see a ‘normal’ neighborhood where families have to work more than one job and don’t get to shop at whole foods. How about filming this ‘show’ from one of those families homes and see their reaction to your proposed grocery bill. Once again, pathetic.

    1. you didn’t watch it. at 5:00 (skip what’s before it when you confirm this if you like) the host SHOWS US the $3 brick of better (not “$15” as you righteously claim) cheese. you’ve pulled those prices out of your tuchus. show yourself more respect.

    2. To add to what Steveau said, try gardening. It will help so so much with supplementing a healthy diet at low cost.

    3. Actually, this is completely a myth. Processed food actually costs more bite for bite–and due to the fact that you must eat twice as much of it to fill up. Learning how to shop seasonally and to shop sales is something we are not just born knowing how to do. I have talked with our local food shelf about education. Even what we donate should be thought out. Teaching how easy and cheap it is to cook dried beans rather than buy a can of beans is missing. My 6th grade daughter has to take a cooking class in her public school and everything they have made is from processed foods–many are canned biscuits, yuk! Teaching from scratch pancakes would make much more sense. It’s an education, but it takes the desire to teach, the desire to learn, and the time for it to be absorbed! They’ve spent lots of time and $$$ pushing what’s out there, it won’t be done overnight.

    4. I think you have to be careful when you start making outlandish claims like this. I know for me personally, I am a single woman making a very average income and with my expenses like rent and student loans, i cannot eat 100% unprocessed and organic and raw as much as I’d like. But to claim that $15 for a brick of cheese is what Vani is advocating is ridiculous.

      If you cannot afford all the ingredients listed in her mac and cheese, than start small with 100% whole wheat pasta or the sprouted pasta and buy organic cheese. it’s about small changes and steps that will lead to real health benefits and making a difference in how our food is made. Processed food is bad for the health of the animals, the people and the environment and our government is continuing to lay in bed with the argi-business mega corps. You can make a difference by making any healthy choice that you can on your own budget! This isn’t about “stay at home moms in their Land Rovers” — it’s about EVERYONE trying to do better with whatever they can! sorry for the rant.

    5. Apparently no one has noticed that one can make macaroni and cheese using rice pasta, and Cabot brand Kosher cheddar cheese at a reasonably low cost. It tastes pretty good, especially if a little onion is sauteed in a healthy oil with some garlic. This is then mixed in with the pasta at the time the cheese is added and melted. Yes, I know that there is almost no fiber, let alone soluble fiber in this recipe. Serve it with broccoli or Brussels sprouts to get fiber. There is almost no fiber in most mac and cheese recipes. Wheat actually provides very little fiber, and 87% of it is insoluble. It is the soluble fiber that is most important. If you get enough soluble fiber you will almost always have enough insoluble fiber. Personally, I like to use spelt macaroni, but for mac and cheese rice pasta is just as good and half the price of spelt, selling for about $0.20/oz. and the Cabot cheddar cheese is currently selling for $0.32/oz. from WalMart in a 2 lb. block. Yes, this is three time the cost of the Kraft product on a per serving basis. However, it is not outside of a minimum wage budget. Poison is also within the budget but we don’t feed poison to our children because it makes them sick. So do these chemicals, its just that it takes longer for them to become symptomatic. It didn’t hit me until I was in my teens, and I was half way grown when the poison was introduced into my food. i was born during world war II.

      I understand how difficult it is feed a family on a minimum wage budget. I’ve been there. However, if you cut out the bad stuff, both sugary and otherwise, healthy food becomes affordable. Collards and black eyed peas served with rice is extremely healthy and very affordable. Use dried, not canned, black eyed peas. It just takes some effort to prepare it. But it tastes great, makes a lot of meals, and saves enough money from the family budget to afford to make a few healthy mac and cheese meals.

      In regards to this article, what I don’t understand is how sprouted hybridized wheat is any better than un-sprouted wheat in terms of lectin content, technically referred to as “wheat germ aggluttinin” or WGA. It is the lectin content in modern hybridized wheat that appears to be responsible for doing most of the damage to humans, and in this regard there are more lectins in the germ than there is in the gluten. In this regard, whole wheat turns out to be more toxic than wheat with the germ removed, and unbleach flour is healthier than bleached flour for other reasons.

      If you are going to eat wheat, restrict it to the ancient forms of wheat, which are: spelt, einkorn and Kamut. Keep away from modern hybridized wheat in any form.

  5. Hey Vani,

    You are doing just great out there ! Going around and making the world a much better place to live! I simply try to do the same thing at my home ina very very small way! Did you know that 5 years ago, when we moved to St.Louis, we used to shop at Super Walmart.? Once as were in another neighborhood. we happened to shop at Dierbergs which is a famous retail supermarket chain based out of St.Louis. I had bought the Blue Bunny Brand Vanilla flavoured ice cream from them and when I came home to eat it, I found it oh so creamy and so delicious, I instantly remembered that I had the same brand of ice cream bought from Walmart. When I compared the ingredients, I was SHOCKED!!
    Walmart Blue Bunny Vanilla Ice Cream had:
    Milk, Cream, Buttermilk, Corn Syrup, Whey, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Mono- & Diglycerides, Guar Gum, Artificial And Natural Flavors, Sodium Phosphate, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Citrate, Polysorbate 80, Carrageenan, Annatto (For Color). There is no mention of the vanilla and their ingredients list had Carrageenan which is a tumour promoter??? On the other hand, the same ice cream in Dierbergs had much better ingredients and real vanilla bean. I was taken aback., Since then every ingredient from Walmart I find have much lesser quality and lower grade, sometimes carcinogenic ingredients as compared to the local stores. Many times when I talk to people to switch to organic food, they feel its way too expensive for them. Why should good clean food have such a heavy tag? Awareness that people should have is simply the tip of the ice berg., There has to be stringent norms for farming, processing, storing and manufacturing. I feel very strongly about this revolution too, and like the many other like minded people, will try to do my bit. Let me know if there is anything at all that I can do to help!


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  7. I’m wondering if someone can help me and/or point me in the right direction. My daughter started 1st grade in September and I was shocked to learn about lunch menus – burgers, nachos, pizzas, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, etc, etc, etc. Ever since she was little, we’ve been teaching her to eat fruit and veggies and now that she’s in school it’s a struggle – she sees what everyone else is eating and wants to eat the same. I wrote a letter to school superintendent and asked what can be done about improving school lunch menu. She called me upon receiving my letter, explained that school lunches are outsource to a food company and promised to speak to them. I doubt anything will come out of this conversation. What are my next steps? Who can help? Whom can I reach out to? I’m sure my daughter’s school is not unique in subpar quality of lunches. Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Steve! I just stumbled upon this article and was reading the comments and thought maybe I could offer you some assistance even though it’s almost one year since you voiced your frustration with the school lunch menu. I was a substitute teacher for about 4 or 5 years and also couldn’t believe the garbage that was being fed to the kids. My advice to you would be to pack your daughter’s (she must be in 2nd grade now) lunch if you haven’t started doing so already. Applegate Farms is a wonderful brand for deli meat (uncured, no antibiotics, humanely raised, no nitrates or nitrites) and they just recently launched a new product called “Half-Time” which would be great to pack in your daughter’s lunchbox. When my daughter was in school, I bought her a Thermos and whenever I made homemade soup, I would heat some up in the morning, seal it in the Thermos, and she was set! If you need more ideas, check out They have money-saving coupons on there, too! I hope all of this helps you somewhat….

  8. VANI! I adore you. I made my 100% organic, NON-GMO, cauliflower mac and cheese to feed my troops tonight and it was a huge hit. I made the anti-inflammatory smoothie for lunch yesterday, and I’ve made many other recipes of yours. You are rad, and we love the changes we’re seeing in our home and in our friends’ and family’s homes.

  9. Aloha Vani!! I need your help, or more like my parents do. My dad is the longest living male on his side of the fam in generations! He just suffered a heart attack!! My mom was recently diagnosed with several forms of scoliosis in her spine, MS, BPD, another rare disease. They are Hawaiian and still very active with hula, sports, hiking etc. I have young kids and we love to visit often, they live 2 minutes from our house. However, they are constantly feeding my kids crap. They sort of mock my attempts to tell them the food is not safe. I know that a change in their diet would not only help all their current health complications but would prevent such complications in my own family. Please please help us!!! AZ

  10. My pantry needs a makeover =) I’m here is Las Vegas, I can’t really find good food, I’m sure I could, but I don’t know where to look. Plus I am low income and eating off of food stamps. I have 3 and 5 year boys, and I just want to do what’s best for them.

  11. Hey I would love for help for my family of 5. We live in a small town & I’m not sure where to find organic foods around here. I find some at some of the big box stores or at the grocery stores but that’s very limited. I’m 31 with 3 kids, 6, 4 & 1 years old. I just finished my last round of radiation 2 weeks ago for breast cancer in which I had 6 months chemo & a mastectomy with lymph node dissection. We don’t know what caused my cancer but food may have played a vital role. I don’t want any of my family to have cancer again & the kids & I are very picky. My husband will eat a lot more variety! We are trying to do our best but we feel so limited by our options & by our taste buds. We know we need to go through our pantry & throw 95% out but then what do we make that everyone will eat? Help! (Esp help keep us cancer free!)

  12. I love all your videos and articles. Keep it up – I am hoping my children one day won’t have to buy only organic to know they are eating healthy!

  13. HI Vani.
    I think what you are doing is courageous and so very necessary. Bravo!
    My only thought is when you are educating consumers on what to buy, perhaps also give them the resources such as the Cornucopia Institute and their amazing scorecards for eggs, dairy, cereals, etc. so they can make better decisions. At the end of this awesome video, it shows the family is now buying Cascadian Farms Cereal owned by General Mills, one of the major culprits of GMO use. The milk they are now buying is Archer Farms, owned by Target and not at all “Organic”. They are spending extra money on the wrong items which is so quickly fixed with a little more knowledge!

  14. FoodBabe…You’re awesome and you’re doing the right thing. Too much makeup, though. You don’t need it. You don’t need any, in my opinion. Just saying.

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  16. Why are you telling people that wheat is ok? Wheat has been genetically altered and stripped of it’s natural nutrients and is not good for humans to consume? Why do you think there are Gluten allergies?

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  21. I hate fake macaroni and cheese. Powdered cheese?!?!?!?! BLEH!!!! Only the homemade stuff for me! I don’t care how many changes Chik-fil-a makes, I’d never eat there. Their stuff is pure junk. I’m trying your poblano recipe tonight!! Can’t wait!

  22. I think many people who are well-educated in the area of nutrition assume that everyone else has that same luxury. Government intervention should be limited, I agree, but they often can make the movement happen. Consumer advocacy can only do so much when corporate greed takes over. I have been amazed how many items I buy at my local food co-op and totally trusted really are not good. When I started exclusively buying my products there, I became more lax in investigating the products. Not smart. It takes a lot of time to do the research, and often the ones suffering the most from the products are young children who do not have a choice or have parents who are far too busy or not educate properly in nutrition to do the reserach necessary. These are the people who often think fruit roll-ups are healthy. Sometimes we need to protect others. Assuming that just because you are vegan you are not getting any GMOs is a bit ignorant and it actually surprises me.

  23. Why do you want the government to take care of you? Do you people realize how much power the consumer has? STOP BUYING THESE PRODUCTS with bad ingredients in them. Trust me…they’ll change them fast.

  24. Never look to government to fix or regulate a consumer product. Why? They can be bought and have been bought by multi-national corporations. Its what has corrupted the USDA organic program.

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  28. Bonnie–thank you, thank you, thank you for getting the word out about the state of food in America!
    Couple of things. Several previous comments stated that we shouldn’t wait for the government to make the food safe, and we should educate ourselves about what we eat.
    I agree with this 100%, but I remember how I used to eat before I heard about how “food” is made in this country. I shudder to think how many toxic chemicals I put in my body before I became wise to Big Ag’s tactics.
    I don’t think people who are ignorant of the truth should be exposed to this nasty rubbish because they haven’t heard about it yet.
    The government has a responsibility to safeguard all its citizens regardless of economics.
    We have to get the Government to stop subsidizing huge companies that make this crap with our tax dollars and get them start subsidizing small organic farms so we can make real food available to everyone.
    Do you think that those huge companies need a pay out with your taxes?
    Shop locally, shop organically, and stop feeding the monster with your money! This is the only thing they understand!

  29. I totally commend you for continuing to get the health word out there. I try daily to inform people to learn certain words, read labels, and never buy food containing harsh chemicals. You are correct that most people’s food cabinets are stuffed with chemicals and they have no clue what they are putting in their body. They just don’t know, and the more and more people who DO know share the truth. Hats off to the Food Babe and much continued good work and better health!!

  30. What a great video! Thank you for all the hard work that you are doing! It does make a difference!! 🙂

  31. I am so glad you are doing this. I am always on this mission myself but only have so much time. I haven’t eaten or made boxed mac and cheese for my kids since I found out other countries get a different version because their government doesn’t allow that product. Makes me very sad that ours does though.
    Thank you!

  32. Vani, I made this tonight and loved it. Very much a comfort dish. My family, however, had a few alterations that I will incorporate the next time (tomorrow?) I make this dish. The main complaint was that the cauliflower/cheese mixture completely overpowered the pasta. My family suggested the following changes: First, the head of cauliflower should be small. The one I used was closer to large in size. Next, the amount of shredded cheese should be cut. I’m going to reduce it to 8 ounces from 12 next time. Other than that, I think it was a hit. I may raid the fridge after I post this and finish the leftovers just to make sure that these adjustments to the recipe are the correct ones. One cannot be too careful….

  33. I made the mac and cheese and it was really easy and good. I’m afraid I didn’t put in the cauliflower :). I used about 4 oz of quinoa noodles and 4 oz of cheese, a tbsp of butter, and a little bit of half and half. I added pepper, paprika, and chili pepper. My mom liked it a lot. Thanks!

  34. I had high hopes for this recipe, but it just didn’t turn out for me. Maybe I did something wrong. I wonder how big of a head of cauliflower this should have? I followed the directions to a T. The cheese part turned out really globby and sticky and didn’t mix well with the pasta at all. It tasted ok, but not that great. My 4 year old took two bites and that was it.

  35. In regard to the people saying that government should not be involved in regulating what is in our food supply, I have this to say: The food companies exist to MAKE MONEY, not to have a conscience, not to care about what their products do to us. They aren’t evil, but if they can put sawdust in our food supply to save money, it is a fact that they will (because they DO). It’s like a puzzle for them- how can we maximize our profits while following the rules in place? Since it IS the role of the government to protect the citizens, it is also the government’s role to study and recognize the facts and make these rules so the companies won’t hurt us in pursuit of their goal. And to those who think people should just do their own research, have you ever had kids and worked a full time job? Maybe two jobs? It seems like what Food Babe does is FULL TIME work. I’m not sure how you can expect individuals to keep up with what these companies try to pull; companies who have loads of really smart people trying to figure out how to get the lowest cost ingredients into their product, and how to not tell us the truth even when we do our best research. In fact, it is clear the FDA often can’t keep up, or chooses not to. This is why we need to make sure they are sticking to their jobs. They exist for US, not to kowtow and be bought out by the food companies. If you’ve never read Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle”, please do, but here’s an excerpt: [T]he meat would be shoveled into carts, and the man who did the shoveling would not trouble to lift out a rat even when he saw one—there were things that went into the sausage in comparison with which a poisoned rat was a tidbit. There was no place for the men to wash their hands before they ate their dinner, and so they made a practice of washing them in the water that was to be ladled into the sausage. There were the butt-ends of smoked meat, and the scraps of corned beef, and all the odds and ends of the waste of the plants, that would be dumped into old barrels in the cellar and left there. Under the system of rigid economy which the packers enforced, there were some jobs that it only paid to do once in a long time, and among these was the cleaning out of the waste barrels. Every spring they did it; and in the barrels would be dirt and rust and old nails and stale water—and cartload after cartload of it would be taken up and dumped into the hoppers with fresh meat, and sent out to the public’s breakfast.
    ― Upton Sinclair, The Jungle

  36. Vani, I need help with recipes, food ideas for the kids. I’ve fallen into a very small option rut of not knowing what to make. Heeelllllllllppppp!

  37. Ahh!! I absolutely love this, and the work you do!!
    I just wish everyone in my household would think with thus mindset.
    We currently live with my mom, and it’s sort of discouraging to eat the way I would like everyone to because my moms exact words are “I’ve been eating like this fir 60 years, and nothing is wrong and I’m not going to change how I eat. You can, I’ll respect it, but I’m going to eat what I want”
    How so I tell her that 60 years ago she bought fresh produce from a farmers market almost on a day to day basis, and all this gross stuff is really bad no matter how good it tastes. Which makes it difficult to stock our kitchen with good things so my kids learn to eat organic and what’s really yummy while being healthy.

    Keep up thus AMAZING work

  38. I’Ve been utilizing the recipes in The Food Babe Way!! So happy with the outcome. Great receipes!! Please do a cookbook.

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