Over the past year you’ll notice most of my recipes involve what I’d call “clean eating”. Making things from scratch and not from a box. I was asked if I’d review the book, Mac N’ Cheese to the Rescue and I did pause for a moment and then said yes. Although it’s not in my realm of eating right now, Mac N’ Cheese from a box has remained in my 20 year old’s college diet. I thought that if I could show her a way to “beef” up her Mac N’ Cheese then maybe she’ll venture out of eating just it plain. Perhaps she’ll even gain a bit of nutrition from the additions that are included in some of the recipes.
So what can you do with one of America’s favorite comfort food? With just a few simple tricks, “Mac n’ Cheese to the Rescue” transforms the classic, can’t-fail box of noodles and sauce into 101 palate-pleasing dishes.
I’m sure you’ve never thought of taking store-bought mac n’ cheese and turning it into an amazing Tuna Casserole or Chicken Parmesan. How about accentuating homemade tacos and pizza? Well, you can do just that and more with the recipes in “Mac N’ Cheese to the Rescue.”
Bake mac n’ cheese, scrambled eggs and bacon for a cheesy delicious omelet; make a Thai noodle bowl by spicing up mac n’ cheese with peppers, peanuts and sweet chili sauce; or melt ricotta and Parmesan into hot shells n’ cheese for the ultimate cheese lover’s treat.
You’ll soon discover mac n’ cheese is a blank canvas–it goes with everything!
Here’s a sample recipe from the cookbook.
1 box mac n’ cheese
1 1/2 cups ground beef
1 T water
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped jalapeno
1 (10oz) can refried beans (I used a 16 oz can)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded lettuce
1/4 cup chopped onion (I didn’t add this)
Cook the mac n’ cheese as directed and set aside
In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, brown the ground meat, breaking it into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Drain off the fat.
Reduce the heat to low, add the water, cumin, onion powder, garlic salt, and black pepper. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.
Warm the mac n’s cheese over medium heat, and when hot, combine it with the beef, jalapenos, refried beans, and 1/4 cup sour cream. Stir well to incorporate.
Transfer to serving dishes and top with hot sauce to taste, shredded lettuce, onion and remaining 1/4 cup sour cream.
My family enjoyed the mixture. It reminded me of my Hamburger Helper days.
Disclaimer: I received the book, Mac N’ Cheese to the Rescue for free.