Friday, February 21, 2014

"Revolutionary" Mac and Cheese

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A few weeks ago I had some extra 2% milk in my fridge from a grocery store mishap (I usually buy vanilla almond or skim) and I had to think of something to do with it.  Enter a Pin I see every so often on Pinterest - "revolutionary" mac and cheese.  Cook the pasta IN the milk.  Why did no one think of this before?  I like the idea of it, as it sounds simpler than so many homemade mac and cheeses that has come before it.  And no processed junk that you find in various boxes and bags of the stuff.  I also had a red onion in the fridge I wanted to use, so I figured a nice veggie side would round out this meal nicely since mac and cheese can be heavy.  This Naturebox Blog kale side is super easy and tasty!

So off to the grocery store I went to buy some reduced fat block cheddar and some kale to complete the two half-recipes I had at home.   I really don't usually care to shred my own cheese, but it was recommended so I got to work while the milk and pasta cooked.  They aren't kidding, this really is easy!  In no time I had some cheesy goodness ready to eat.  The kale salad/stir fry is also crazy easy.  I cut up a red onion and sauteed with garlic and olive oil before throwing in some roughly chopped kale to wilt and stir. Bam, done, dinner!

healthy girly life: Super easy mac and cheese with kale stir fry
It doesn't look like much, but it worked!
So, was this mac and cheese revolutionary?  I didn't really think so.  I liked the ease of it but it was just missing that "cheesiness" I'm used to.  I'm not crossing it off my list, I do want to try to make it again, but maybe with full-fat cheese next time.  It just didn't have that UMPH I wanted.  The kale and onion stir fry I have made in the past and will make again.

I'm curious, with this idea being so popular on Pinterest, have you tried it yourself?  What did you think?!

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