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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Deluxe Mac & Cheese



People who know me know that I love food. If I was one of those lucky girls with a crazy-high metabolism who could eat whatever she wanted, I would be a food addict. Literally. It's funny because up until high school, I was extremely picky. I primarily ate cereal, bagels and chocolate ice cream. Friends worried that I was anorexic, but I really just didn't like anything.

My, how that's changed. Nowadays, I'm the first to try something weird. Up until I went pescetarian in June 2010 (and vegetarian in January 2011) I'd eat anything as long as it wasn't wiggling -- or had chunks of coconut or onions (those are texture issues for me, though I like the flavor of both).

However, I don't cook. I don't have an interest in it. I wish I did, but I don't. I'm waiting for the Betty Crocker in me to reveal herself at some point. I love baking cakes for parties, primarily of the Funfetti variety, but besides that the oven goes un-used. The most complicated cooking I do involves stirring a pot of Campbell's Tomato Soup for five minutes while making a peanut butter sandwich.

When I came up with the following concoction, I was pretty pleased with myself.

As aforementioned, I don't eat meat. So when I visit Saddle Ranch Chop House in West Hollywood, I get their macaroni & cheese. You can choose to have it cooked with jalapenos or green beans; I made my own version of this dish with broccoli.



All you need is a 16oz package of frozen broccoli and a 14oz package of Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese Dinner. (It's not shaped like Sponge Bob, but the word deluxe is in the title, so you know it's good.) Cook each normally, then stir them together. Plop on a plate and top with grated Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes.

This recipe makes four servings. I had two.

20 comments:

  1. Love that we went fully vegetarian at the same time! (though I'd unintentionally started a few weeks prior after one too many oops the school gave me chicken salad not tuna.. again episodes). (then I made the conscious decision in January haha). (I was pescetarian since 06!). Hahah you know what I do with Kraft Mac & Cheese deluxe? cook two batches, add in a well beat, eggs, and spices and extra cheese, put it in a glass dish, top with more cheddar, and bake it- southern style baked mac and cheese- not the healthiest thing in the world, but incredibly delicious!

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  2. Yayyyyy for vegetarians!! Im one too...and Id NEVER go back....looks like a great recipe!!!

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  3. yum.... seriously, yum....I do cook and I am not a vegetarian, but I LOVE mac & cheese and broccoli....

    And-- do you realize we cross paths WAY too much.... I live very close to Saddle Ranch....

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  4. I made this two days ago. Eating the leftovers cold right now. Yes.

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  5. This looks seriously delicious!!!

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  6. Girl - that looks GREAT! You don't have to be Fannie Farmer to make a great dish! It sounds a lot better than what I wolfed down for dinner also.
    Thanks for the "vote" of confidence you left me!!

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  7. Mm, I love jalapenos in my macaroni and cheese. Maybe you should try some pasta salads. Pasta of any type and Italian dressing and add veggies...It's shovel food.

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  8. I am also a lover of food, but I cannot cook and I have no interest in learning how. Which is why my boyfriend is a chef. Ha ha god if he saw that statement. Its not like I said are you a chef? Good, lets date... I swear I had more tact.

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  9. Ohmygosh, YUM! I love mac&cheese, I love broccoli, and you don't have to be a vegetarian to love this recipe! Can't wait to make this! Thanks for sharing.
    x

    Laura @ theblogofobsessivecoolness.blogspot.com

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  10. This looks delicious. Now I'm hungry. ;)

    xoxo,
    melrod

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  11. Before my stomach turned on me and I became lactose intolerant (biggest bummer ever!), I always put frozen peas in my Annie's mac & cheese. That way I could trick myself into thinking it was healthy. :)

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  12. yummy!!! love this food! :D

    xx

    Have a nice weekend!

    www.sickbytrend.com

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  13. It looks so0o good! My mom makes mac n cheese with jalapeƱos. It's awesome. You should try it. Mac n cheese and peanut butter n jelly are the best comfort foods

    -xo
    Bobbie

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  14. I'm pretty sure I could finish the whole batch!

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  15. "I had two" Haha I love it. Mac and cheese is the best. I will have to try it with broccoli. When I was super broke it was I could afford, and I could only afford milk or butter. So I would only use the cheapest margarine. It was good, not very healthy though.
    My Heart Blogged

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  16. @Marissa: My tummy doesn't like lactose either. Have you tried taking Lactaid pills?

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  17. "but the word deluxe is in the title, so you know it's good." LOL

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  18. eating and cooking don't have to be difficult. this one one of those examples :) good job

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