Monday, August 13, 2012

Mac 'N Cheese, Please!!

I'm all about doing things the easy way so of course, that includes one of our family favorites, macaroni and cheese. It's a delicious, quick meal that can be made simply or gourmet, depending on how much time and energy you have. Oh, and did I mention the best part? It's really cheap. A large, I'm talking LARGE batch of this cheesy champion costs around six dollars to make. It yields so much, in fact, that I usually split it and stick half in the freezer for a rainy day. Sure, you could just whip up a box of Kraft, but this is truly just as easy. Now, I'm not hating on Kraft. My kids are Kraft snobs. Half the time, they even prefer it over mine. "It tastes homemade-y" has actually been uttered at the dinner table with disgust. However, if you want to cut down on salt, preservatives, and the amount of red dye 40 your child ingests, then read on.
With just a handful of ingredients, you can bring a hot, healthy meal to the table in no time. With a few swaps like whole-grain pasta instead of macaroni and the addition of veggies or chicken, this meal can actually become a healthy one. If you just don't want to mess with the tried-and-true traditional style, more power to you! Throw some fruit on the side and you'll be good to go. Here's my oh-so-simple recipe for a palate pleaser!

1 12 oz. box macaroni
1 8 oz. carton half and half or heavy whipping cream
1 8 oz. bag shredded sharp cheddar

Cook macaroni and set aside. In saucepan, bring half and half or heavy whipping cream to low boil. Stir in cheese, reserving about 1/4 cup for top, until incorporated and add salt to taste. Place in baking dish and top with remaining cheese. Place under broil until cheese is melted. Enjoy!

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