Alternatives to Kraft Mac and Cheese?

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My picky toddler loves Kraft Mac and Cheese but we're feeling less comfortable about using Kraft products now. Walmart brand things are definitely out for us, as we had a few mystery reactions from their products. Any idea for a safe alternative (other than making it myself from scratch--I love the real stuff but this is a quickie lunch some days).

Thanks!

Amy

On Aug 13, 2007

I've always used Annie's they can be found in most grocery stores and they actually have "instant" add water nuke in microwave individual servings. I have never had a problem with any of their mac and cheese products, plus DD loves them.

On Aug 13, 2007

I'll have to look into that brand. That's organic too, isn't it? Bonus!

Thanks much.

On Aug 13, 2007

Yup they make organic and all natural, my DD likes the fun shapes, I love it because it taste good.

On Aug 13, 2007

We use Annie's too, but be careful about ALL Annie's products being safe. Look at their website--last I checked they had facility information listed well.

BTW, they make a very good mac n cheese--you won't *want* to go back to Kraft!

On Aug 14, 2007

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Originally posted by lilysmom: [b]I've always used Annie's they can be found in most grocery stores and they actually have "instant" add water nuke in microwave individual servings. I have never had a problem with any of their mac and cheese products, plus DD loves them.[/b]

We used to use the Annie's microwavable single servings until we found out it's cross-contaminated. Last time I checked it was still not listed as such on the package but was on their web site. I think this mac&cheese and Ritz Bits cheese crackers are what sensitized DD to peanut. She's never had peanut butter or peanuts.

[url="http://www.annies.com/products/microwave_pasta.html"]http://www.annies.com/products/microwave_pasta.html[/url]

We use this mac & cheese now without any problems.

[url="http://www.backtonaturefoods.com/products_dinners_2.aspx"]http://www.backtonaturefoods.com/products_dinners_2.aspx[/url]

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On Aug 14, 2007

I know you mentioned you didn't want to make mac and cheese from scratch but that's what I do and I don't find it much more work than out of a box. I just cook elbow macaroni. Once it's done I throw in a slice of american cheese and some milk, stir it up and serve. DD (age 21 mo.) eats it right up.

On Aug 14, 2007

We have used Annie's. My kids really like it. I have found a super easy from scratch recipe, though, that literally takes about 2 minutes longer than Kraft, and my kids enthusiastically prefer it.

Boil 1/2 lb elbow noodles.

While they boil, mix 1 C evap milk, 2 eggs, and a dash of hot sauce together.

Also, cut up 12 oz of Velveeta into cubes.

Drain the noodles, mix with 4 tbsp butter, then add the milk mixture and cheese.

Bring to a boil while stirring. (This is the extra 2 minutes.)

It is so good and creamy. Once it boils the egg is cooked, and since you use evap milk, it doesn't curdle.

edited to add - Actually I have no idea if Velveeta is Kraft, so maybe this won't help. Sorry!

------------------ Lori Jo,

Rose, 7-31-02, PA Noah, 7-29-05 Beatrice & Georgia, 8-14-99

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On Aug 14, 2007

Velveeta [i]is[/i] Kraft.....

But that kind of recipe works quite well with Mexican cheese blends which are preshredded, as well-- just add them at the END of the cooking. Do NOT boil cheese. Icky.

This is the recipe we used to use-- back when Barilla pasta was truly egg-free and DD could tolerate milk... It is more or less based on an 'easy' Bechemel sauce.

1 tbsp butter, cook 2 tbsp flour in melted butter for 3-4 min, add 3 c skim milk, bring to a boil, add 16 oz elbow pasta (or shells, if you prefer).....

Cook for about 12 min (to cook pasta thoroughly) while stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

Turn off heat, remove from heat and stir in 1 c shredded cheese. Let sit for a minute or two before serving.

This is also fantastic with cooked broccoli florets and/or ham in it. Used to be my DD's favorite dinner.

On Aug 14, 2007

Annies has a blue box version that mimicks Kraft that last I checked was safe. THey sell it by the case at Costco. The micowave version was very good but not safe. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

On Aug 14, 2007

We use Road's End Organic. They have 123 Cheese and many other flavors. They are dairy free as well, but I think they taste really good, not gross like some dairy-free products.

On Aug 14, 2007

I wonder if when my daughter suddenly stopped liking the microwave kind she sensed the peanuts, but didn't have a reaction. I have used the white cheddar and shells from the box and she loves it without a problem.

On Aug 14, 2007

oops, I just bought the Annies Micro white cheddar and reg flavor. It was labeled for allergens, but didn't say anything about cross contamination.

On Oct 30, 2007

May I ask all, why not Kraft (not just mac & cheese) I spoke with them before and the person who answered the phone was very knowledgeable explaining the labeling. I just would like to know why people are so against kraft product. Thanks

On Nov 4, 2007

Why is Kraft Macaroni & Cheese not within many of your comfort zones? We have used it about 1x per week for years without any problems.

I just want to know so I can make a better decision, not to pass judgement on anyone.

Thanks!

LJ

On Nov 4, 2007

A lot of people don't like the way Kraft/Nabisco labels. Personally, we have used their products literally daily for the past eight years without a single problem, I have also received good info from phone calls.

Also, I have mentioned this in other threads - Kraft has been updating all of their labeling to [b]clearly[/b] include x-contam and shared lines. Products I have bought for years now have updated labeling. If you have crossed them off your list, I would look at their labeling again, it may now be within your comfort zone.

On Nov 4, 2007

Thank you. We've used both Kraft and Nabsico daily for about 5 years with no problems. I appreciate your research.

LJ

On Jan 31, 2008

Annie's has allergy and processing information [url=http://www.annies.com/faqs/ingredients.html#allergy]http://www.annies.com/faqs/ingredients.html#allergy[/url] here. Some of their mac&cheese IS processed in facilities that also process tree nuts and peanuts, so be careful.

On Jan 31, 2008

we use kraft mac and cheese too. my son is into it lately. i make it homemade and to him its not as good as kraft. i love the creamy home made though. anyway, i got the back to nature mac and cheese and choc. chip cookies. back to nature is owned by and labels the same as kraft. havent used them yet.

On Feb 1, 2008

i make good home made mac and cheese. i melt butter in saucepan, add couple tbs flour then cook for minute then add milk. when thickened i add lots of shredded cheese. i make good alfredo too. my son still likes the kraft better though!!

On Feb 7, 2008

i often feed 11 month old DS kraft deluxe o mac n cheese no problem. no allergy or x-contam warnings for PN on the boxes i buy...

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