For anyone who remembers (or cares) about my nutrition dilemma, I think I have figured out the solution. See, Jellybean is in that awkward stage between baby food and table food; she loves to pick up mac-n-cheese with her fingers and eat it, but our doctor warned us against the preservatives that are in the cheese.
The solution? Boil some macaroni noodles and toss out that bag of cheese-like-product. Instead, mix in two jars of whatever kind of pureed veggie your baby likes. For Jellybean, we used Gerber's Farmer Market Vegetable Blend.
The look on her face told me she was expecting something a little different, but she got used to it. I think since she is starting this food so young that it might be a favorite treat down the road when the picky-eating-preschooler phase rears its ugly head.