It is no secret that preschoolers can be fussy eaters. It is their way of instilling some control in their lives in a world they are still trying to figure out. How many times have parents heard a doctor or grandmother tell us, ‘don’t worry, they aren’t going to starve themselves’. It’s true, they won’t, but this doesn’t stop the stress many of us feel at meal times. This is why I have started to try and be a bit more inventive with how I feed my preschoolers. We are slowly trying to make meal times a source of fun. So join us in making meal times another outlet for creativity!
Those rolling cheese wheels have a need, a need for speed! But 6 speedy cheese wheels are no match for the Bumble Nums!
Join us in making Bumble Nums inspired ‘mouthwatering’ Mac and Cheese Wheels! We guarantee them to be ‘ooee gooey YUM YUM!’
Bumble Nums Mac and Cheese Wheels
- 250g Macaroni
- 6 slices of bacon/3 thick slices of cooked ham
optional: to make a vegetarian version, use chopped steamed brocolli
- 2 cups of full fat milk
- 1.5 cups of cheese (we used cheddar and mozzarella)
- 2 tbsp flour
- Stove top
- x2 pots
- x1 frying pan
- Baking tray
- Silicone mould (we used doughnut moulds for wheels!)
- Turn your oven on to 180 C / 160 fan / gas mark 4 / 350 F
- Follow the instructions on your macaroni packet and cook them accordingly.
- While the macaroni is cooking, chop up your bacon or cooked ham and fry in your frying pan.
- Once the macaroni is cook, drain and set to one side.
- Once bacon/ham is cooked, turn off the heat. If using streaky bacon, drain the fat. Pour the macaroni into the frying pan and mix the pasta and bacon so they are combined.
- In a pot pour in 1 cup of milk and 1tbsp of flour. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer, all the while whisking to encourage the flour to combine with the milk. Once it has combined, add the rest of the milk and the rest of the flour. Whisk until the sauce thickens.
- When the sauce has thickened and the flour is not visible anymore add your chosen cup of cheese. Stir until melted. Add the last 1/2 cup into it and stir until melted.
- Pour your cheese sauce into your frying pan and mix with the macaroni and bacon/ham. Mix until all over it is combined.
- Place your silicone mould on a baking tray and fill it up with the mac and cheese mixture. Pack them in tightly so they will hold shape when they cool down afterwards.
- Place in your preheated oven and cook for 25 minutes.
- Take them out of the oven and leave on the side to cool down. We left ours to cool right down so when we turned them out their shapes stayed.
Grace Selous Bull is an arts education author and freelance blogger. Her book, ‘Potty About Pots: arts and crafts for home and school’ is aimed at children from 5-12 years old and takes them through a journey of ceramics through time. Her blog, The Rainbow Tree, explores all aspects of arts and crafts, and is aimed at children of all ages. She is a full time Mummy of two girls, both of whom love being creative, and is married to her husband, Andrew, who does not. Follow her on twitter.
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