Making Food, Parenting

Jazzed Up Mac & Cheese

My mom is not a fantastic cook.

I’m not being mean, you can ask her, she’s just not! She has many, MANY talents…cooking just isn’t one of them. I’ll skip the stories (although there are some good ones) because she’ll kill me if I publish them on the internet.

One thing I do remember her making well, though, was boxed mac and cheese.

It sounds silly, because boxed mac and cheese! Anyone can make Kraft!

But you don’t understand.

Here’s how it goes (and this is probably as close to giving you recipe as I’ll ever get, since I don’t make up recipes really):

Mom makes up the box like usual, then she throws in some REAL cheese–sharp cheddar was my personal favorite–and some garlic, and ohmygosh I’m drooling just thinking about it.

Talk about comfort food. It’s so gooey and garlicky and just YUM.

I know that when I was a kid, I couldn’t get enough of mac and cheese, and my kids are just like me. So sometimes, we have to find ways to jazz it up so we can pretend we aren’t having the same meal over and over again.

My dad used to put ketchup in his mac and cheese, especially if we made it with hot dogs.

I like to force vegetables into my kids system with this Cauliflower Mac and Cheese recipe. I wish I’d taken pictures, because holy cow, I love this recipe. I’ve used it for a few years now…which is weird, since the recipe I found that matches what I use is from an article from August 2017? Hrm. Anyway. Same recipe. I’m a slow cook, and it takes me about 45 minutes to make. Super yum.

Husband wants to try adding kielbasa to our next batch of garlic mac and cheese, because um, kielbasa? It’s like a gourmet hot dog. But I probably wouldn’t use ketchup with that one. I’m excited to try it though.

What about YOU? What are ways you make your normal meals fancier?


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