Wednesday, January 29, 2014

#36 Stovetop Butternut Mac and Cheese

Here is another pinterest gem.  A stovetop mac is always nice because there are fewer dishes to deal with and it usually comes together quick and easy.  Since this was a weeknight meal I was really hoping to find some frozen squash but unfortunately the market was out. Peeling and dicing the squash was really no problem though.  I really love this recipe. What a great way to get some veggies into the meal (along with a side of broccoli of course). Super tasty and easy.  The pot was no fun for my son to wash though!

Recipe here.

One note, instead of the called for chicken broth I made boullion with my favourite vegetarian Better than Boullion No Chicken Base.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

#35 Easy Beer Mac and Cheese

On a cold December day who could resist the lure of beer and cheese?  This was good, a bit dry, not a favourite but did the trick. It had a really yummy crust and baked up crispy on the bottom as well. I opted out of the basil.  It would have looked prettier with it.  Recipe here from How Sweet it Is.

a few components

my helper/cheese eater

out of the oven
with a side of cauliflower

Thursday, May 30, 2013

#34 Basil + Brussels Sprout Mac and Cheese

I had some basil I wanted to use up and saw that Brussels sprouts were still in the market so I thought I'd try this one out.  The recipe was found courtesy of Brit & Co. and can be found here.

This recipe was kind of surprising because in addition to making a roux you also used heavy (or whipping) cream.  Even though I was doubtful about how it would turn out I followed the directions faithfully.  Normally you would make a roux with milk and using the heavy cream made the sauce gluey in appearance and consistency.  It may have helped if less flour were used and I thought the half cup called for may have been a typo.

I didn't make the salad to accompany this - I was in a rush to get dinner on the table and that's one of the reasons I love recipes with heaps of veggies included as I feel okay with not serving an additional side of veggies.

I was very worried with how it would turn out because of the nature of the sauce.  I thought this might be extremely dry because the sauce didn't even seem to mix in well with the veggies and noodles before baking.  Anyway I was pleasantly surprised that it turned out pretty good.  I love the combination of Brussels sprouts, cheese and basil.  I'd definitely recommend this one.