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chili cheese mac

i’m surprised i have NOT posted this one.  i’ve made this a few times already but it has slipped by on the blog posts.  this might be one of my favorite dishes.  why?  it’s so simple and yummy!  AND it’s done in one pot.  just one!  you really can’t ask too much more from this recipe.

you will need:

  • 2/3 pound extra lean ground beef or turkey
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 29 oz. canned stewed tomatoes, mexican style undrained
  • 2 1/2 cups canned tomato juice
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 cup uncooked macaroni, elbow sized
  • 31 oz canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup low fat shredded cheddar cheese

coat a large skillet with cooking spray; set over medium-high heat. cook beef and onion until meat is browned, stirring and breaking up meat with a spoon as it cooks, about 10 minutes; drain off fat.

stir in undrained tomatoes and their juice, tomato juice, and chili powder; bring mixture to a boil.

stir in macaroni and beans; return to a boil. reduce heat, cover and simmer until macaroni is tender, about 15 minutes. spoon chili into bowls and sprinkle with cheese.

this stuff is so yummy and isn’t so bad for you if you ease up on the cheese.  this might be my new comfort dish.  this recipe makes a lot so i like to take it for lunch the next day (and dinner and lunch and dinner and lunch…etc).  if you’re feeling adventurous, serve it up on some tortillas and with hot sauce.  yum!


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better than Kraft mac ‘n’ cheese

Who doesn’t love mac’n’cheese… homemade mac’n’cheese!!!!

3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

2 cups half and half

3/4 lb. american cheese

Cook macaroni according to the directions on the box.  Drain the noodles and return the pot back to the stove over medium heat.  Melt the butter and add the flour, whisking for a minute.  Add the half and half a little at a time until it is hot and thick, about 5 minutes.  Turn heat to low and slowly add cheese whisking it through.  Once cheese is melted, add macaroni and remove from heat.

Serve with whatever you like.  Fish, meatloaf, burgers, broccoli or eat it by itself.  It’s best with a cold brew.

After this, I am now a self-declared Mac’n’Cheese queen.

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