Macaroni N Cheese Recipe (With Bacon and Broccoli)

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macaroni cheese with bacon

Been wanting to try macaroni and cheese with bacon but feeling guilty?  Add some broccoli and relieve the guilt!  Also you can use whole wheat pasta to help as well!

This yummy mac and cheese can be a quickly week night dinner (especially if you get cheese that is already shredded) or you can take some extra time and make it for a holiday meal!

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 slices of bacon, cooked
  • 5-6 ounces freshly grated cheddar cheese [see below]
  • 3 cups broccoli florets, steamed or blanched
  • 8 oz pasta [measured by weight]
  • ¼ cup [1/2 stick] unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk, room temperature
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper
  • Season with additional salt and pepper to taste, if desired

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350
  • Next measure out all your ingredients, chop your broccoli and grate your cheeses.
  • Boil pasta per package instructions [times will vary a smidge by brand/shape] until al dente. Drain and set aside once done.
  • While the pasta cooks, start your sauce and your broccoli.
  • Cook broccoli via your favorite method. I’m a big fan of quickly blanching broccoli in hot water until the florets are bright green and tender.
  • For the sauce, melt ½ stick of butter [1/4 cup] over medium heat.
  • Add flour and whisk constantly while the flour cooks off into a roux, approx. 3 minutes..
  • Next season with ¼ tsp salt and ⅛ tsp black pepper [add extra to taste]
  • Slowly pour in your milk, whisking constantly until smooth and fully incorporated. Remove from heat. Sauce will thicken as it rests.
  • Add pasta and broccoli florets to a 9-inch baking dish [or larger]
  • Sprinkle 5-6 ounces of freshly grated cheese on top of the pasta.
  • Pour your cream sauce over the noodles and cheese and use a rubber spatula to fold it all together. Feel free to top with a little extra cheese if you’d like, then top with bacon.
  • Bake on center rack at 350 F for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Macaroni N Cheese Recipe (With Bacon and Broccoli)
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Recipe type: Main Dish
 
Try this yummy Mac & Cheese!
Ingredients
  • • 3-4 slices of bacon, cooked
  • • 5-6 ounces freshly grated cheddar cheese [see below]
  • • 3 cups broccoli florets, steamed or blanched
  • • 8 oz pasta [measured by weight]
  • • ¼ cup [1/2 stick] unsalted butter
  • • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • • 2 cups whole milk, room temperature
  • • ¼ tsp salt
  • • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • • ⅛ tsp black pepper
  • • Season with additional salt and pepper to taste, if desired
Instructions
  1. • Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. • Next measure out all your ingredients, chop your broccoli and grate your cheeses.
  3. • Boil pasta per package instructions [times will vary a smidge by brand/shape] until al dente. Drain and set aside once done.
  4. • While the pasta cooks, start your sauce and your broccoli.
  5. • Cook broccoli via your favorite method. I'm a big fan of quickly blanching broccoli in hot water until the florets are bright green and tender.
  6. • For the sauce, melt ½ stick of butter [1/4 cup] over medium heat.
  7. • Add flour and whisk constantly while the flour cooks off into a roux, approx. 3 minutes..
  8. • Next season with ¼ tsp salt and ⅛ tsp black pepper [add extra to taste]
  9. • Slowly pour in your milk, whisking constantly until smooth and fully incorporated. Remove from heat. Sauce will thicken as it rests.
  10. • Add pasta and broccoli florets to a 9-inch baking dish [or larger]
  11. • Sprinkle 5-6 ounces of freshly grated cheese on top of the pasta.
  12. • Pour your cream sauce over the noodles and cheese and use a rubber spatula to fold it all together. Feel free to top with a little extra cheese if you'd like, then top with bacon.
  13. • Bake on center rack at 350 F for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly.

 

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Angel Hair Pasta Salad Recipe

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Angel Hair Pasta Salad Recipe


Hot temperatures mean time for lighter dishes with fresh summer ingredients.  One of my favorite go to sides for indoor or outdoor eating is this simple, light Angel Hair Pasta Salad Recipe.  5 ingredients,  and less than 15 minutes prep and cook time, a little chill in the fridge and your dish is ready to go on the table. Serve beside hamburgers, ribs,  or whatever your favorite summertime main dish is.

Ingredients:

2 yellow  squash and/or zucchini

1/3 cup Italian dressing

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

10-12 cherry tomatoes

12 oz. angel hair pasta, uncooked (about 3/4 pack)

salt and pepper to taste

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Directions:

Halve cherry tomatoes, dice squash/zucchini

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Boil angel hair pasta according to package directions.

Add squash/zucchini to boiling pasta during last 2-3 minutes to soften just a bit.

Drain pasta and vegetables, run cold water over to stop cooking and reduce temp.

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Toss pasta, vegetables, Italian dressing, Parmesan cheese,  and tomatoes well to coat completely.

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Salt and pepper to taste.

Place in refrigerator for at least an hour to chill and combine flavors

Angel Hair Pasta Salad Recipe
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Recipe type: Side
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 yellow squash and/or zucchini
  • ⅓ cup Italian dressing
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 10-12 cherry tomatoes
  • 12 oz. angel hair pasta, uncooked (about ¾ pack)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Halve cherry tomatoes, dice squash/zucchini
  2. Boil angel hair pasta according to package directions.
  3. Add squash/zucchini to boiling pasta during last 2-3 minutes to soften just a bit.
  4. Drain pasta and vegetables, run cold water over to stop cooking and reduce temp.
  5. Toss pasta, vegetables, Italian dressing, parmesan cheese, and tomatoes well to coat completely.
  6. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Place in refrigerator for at least an hour to chill and combine flavor.s
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Carrot Cake in a Jar

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Carrot Cake in a Jar

5 simple ingredients make this carrot cake quick and easy to prepare. Baking it in a little mason  jar is an extra pretty way to serve it up to guests for an easy dessert. Individual jar desserts are popular right now, besides being cute they make for a great portion size.  Batter can be made ahead of time, portioned into jars, and baked when you are ready to eat. The cake is sweet and moist with a slightly crunchy top, delicious on its own or topped with a spoon of cream cheese.

Ingredients:

¾ cup brown sugar

¼ cup and 1 Tbsp. coconut  or vegetable oil

¾ cup flour

¾  cup carrots, shredded

2 eggs

 Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine brown sugar, oil, flour and eggs until well mixed.

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Fold in shredded carrots.

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Oil sides and bottom of 4 small 4 oz. mason jars well.

Fill to 1/4 ”  from top with batter.

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Bake for 20-22 minutes until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Serve warm with a dollop of ice cream, cool whip or cream cheese frosting.

carrot cake jar

Carrot Cake in a Jar
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp. coconut or vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ¾ cup carrots, shredded
  • 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine brown sugar, oil, flour and eggs until well mixed.
  3. Fold in shredded carrots.
  4. Oil sides and bottom of 4 small 4 oz. mason jars well.
  5. Fill to ¼ " from top with batter.
  6. Bake for 20-22 minutes until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
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Easy Sweet Sour Chicken | Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Easy Sweet Sour Chicken



Easy Sweet Sour Chicken

I LOVE Chinese Food but not usually the calorie count that comes with the fried meat and heavy sauces.  I was thrilled to find a lighter version of this recipe without having to consume so many calories.  Plus this has a better shelf life then deep fried chicken!

Ingredients
1 pound of chicken (I got it from Zaycon Foods)
1 bag of frozen stir fry veggies
1 jar of Sweet and Sour sauce (I like La Choy Brand or you can make your own)
1 tablespooon olive oil
1 can Chow Mein Noodles
1 small can of pineapple (optional)

easy sweet sour chicken
This picture is for a double batch!

Directions 
Step 1: Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces

Step 2: Put the olive oil into a skillet and heat

Step 3: Brown the chicken in the skillet- be sure it is cooked all the way through

Easy Sweet Sour Chicken

Step 4: Once it is completely cooked add the frozen veggies- stir the veggies in with the chicken until they are completely cooked

Step 5: Add the Sweet and Sour sauce and the pineapple (optional).  How much sauce you use depends on how you like it!  Stir this just long enough that everything is coated and the sauce is hot all the way through.

Step 6:  Dish out onto plates!  Add the chow mein noodles right before you serve

This is a nice easy meal that can be prepared in about 20 minutes including prep time.  It also reheats great- I usually have leftovers for several days!

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Lemon Cupcakes From Scratch

Moist Lemon Cupcake Recipe

Lemon Cupcakes From Scratch

Lemon is my favorite flavor on earth.  If you put a giant chocolate cake next to a lemon pie, the lemon is going to win every single time.  And it will be gone before the chocolate is even touched.

So I was excited to get to work on Lemon Cupcakes From Scratch.  And when we got in the kitchen it turned out better than I could have hoped.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons Country Time Lemonade Mix (to taste)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • .5 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 quarter cup half and half
  • Yellow Food Coloring (if you like)

Directions:

1. Cream the butter and sugar.
2.  In a separate bowl whip eggs, egg yolks and vanilla
3.  Add egg mixture to butter mixture.
4.  Mix until thoroughly combined.
5.  In another bowl sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.
6.  Add 1/3 of flour to butter and egg mixture.
7.  Stir until just combined.
8.  Add half of sour cream and half of half and half.
9. Stir to combine.
10.  Add 1/3 of flour.
11.  Stir to combine.
12.  Add remaining sour cream and half and half.
13.  Stir to combine.
14.  Add remainder of flour and combine by hand.
15.  Pour into pan.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.    It should be about 25 minutes for regular cupcakes and 28 minutes for jumbo cupcakes.

We used a lemon icing recipe we found online but you could use just about any type of icing you wanted!

 

Lemon Cupcakes From Scratch
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Lemon Cupcakes made with Country Time Lemonade
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons Country Time Lemonade Mix (to taste)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • .5 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 quarter cup half and half
  • Yellow Food Coloring (if you like)
Instructions
  1. Cream the butter and sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl whip eggs, egg yolks and vanilla
  3. Add egg mixture to butter mixture.
  4. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  5. In another bowl sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.
  6. Add ⅓ of flour to butter and egg mixture.
  7. Stir until just combined.
  8. Add half of sour cream and half of half and half.
  9. Stir to combine.
  10. Add ⅓ of flour.
  11. Stir to combine.
  12. Add remaining sour cream and half and half.
  13. Stir to combine.
  14. Add remainder of flour and combine by hand.
  15. Pour into pan.
  16. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. It should be about 25 minutes for regular cupcakes and 28 minutes for jumbo cupcakes.

 

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Marshmallow Peep Cupcakes

Marshmallow peep cupcakes

These Marshmallow Peep Cupcakes are completely adorable- I am in love!  They would be wonderful for an Easter Egg hunt or a class party.

The supplies are very easy and not too expensive.

Supplies Needed:

Marshmallow Peep Cupcakes
Instructions:

Bake cupcakes in liners according to package instructions.  Cool.

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Push toothpick halfway into marshmallow Peeps candies, leaving half to anchor in cupcake.

Pipe green frosting onto the cupcake using the #233 Wilton decorating tip.

Marshmallow Peep Cupcakes

Insert toothpick in the center of cupcake.  Place 2-3 candies onto the cupcake to resemble Easter eggs.

Marshmallow Peep Cupcakes

When you are finished they should look just like the ones in the picture on the top of this post.  And other moms and kids will be in awe of you!

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Buffalo Chicken Open Faced Mini Pies Recipe #NaturallyFresh

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Buffalo Chicken Open Faced Mini Pies

If you are having friends over to watch the Big Game (or really for any reason at all) check out this amazing recipe.  I took these to a dinner with some girlfriends and they gobbled them right up.

Buffalo Chicken Open Faced Mini Pies

Buffalo Chicken Open Faced Mini Pies make a delicious meal or an amazing appetizer!  Super easy to make with a buttery shell and creamy texture.

I knew I wanted to try something Buffalo Chicken but with more flavor. When I was at the store I picked up some Naturally Fresh® dressing.  I got the Classic Ranch and Lite Bleu Cheese which also happened to be on sale at my local Kroger.  (They have a great app if you want to see where you can find them near you!)  I love that they keep them in the refrigerated section- there are no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives!

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