A healthy twist on mac and cheese

Updated: Mar 25, 2020

Put in the goodness to get more out of it!



Well it's the time of the coronavirus, where everyone is in self-isolation after a trip to Costco to get toilet paper. Well while everyone was fighting over toilet paper, I was on my way to all the food sections, thinking about the new scientific discoveries I can make as I cook everything in sight at home.


One day, I planned to make a simple Kraft Mac and Cheese dinner. That's when my dad hits me with something disturbing:


"I will only eat it if you make it healthy and put a lot of vegetables in it"


All I could say was "CHALLENGE ACCEPTED". So I stomped into the kitchen and took out all the vegetables in sight, and eventually made a delicious yet healthy mac and cheese for my family. So without further ado, let me tell you my secrets!


A healthy twist on mac and cheese



Ingredients

  • Kraft Mac and Cheese Box (w/ macaroni and cheese powder)

  • 1/2 red bell pepper

  • 1 carrot

  • 6 mushrooms

  • 2 slices cheddar cheese

  • salt, pepper, and garlic seasoning

  • optional: chili powder

  • 4 pieces of broccoli

  • 4 tablespoons butter

  • 4 cups water

  • 3 teaspoons olive oil (or any other oil)

  • optional: parmesan cheese


Recipe

Don't be afraid to add your own twists.
  1. Boil 4 cups of water in a pot, adding in the macaroni after boiling. Stir frequently to avoid the macaroni from sticking to the pot.

  2. Heat another pan on medium heat with olive oil. Meanwhile, start cutting up the red bell pepper, broccoli, mushrooms, and carrot into small slices.

  3. Add in the cut vegetables onto the pan with oil, stirring both the macaroni and vegetables time to time.

  4. As the macaroni gets done, strain out the water and put it back on the stove after adding in the butter. Stir it until the butter dissolves, and then add in the cheese powder and stir it until evenely spread. Keep it on low heat.

  5. After the vegetables have a gentle char, add a few pinches of the salt, pepper, and garlic seasoning suitable for your taste. If you're a person that likes some spice, you may also add in some chili powder.

  6. To get more cheesiness, add in the 2 slices of cheddar cheese into the vegetables and place a cover over the pan for the cheese to melt. After the cheese melts, give it a stir to even out the cheese throughout the vegetables.

  7. Plate desired amounts of mac and cheese into bowls. Then take the vegetables and evenly disperse it throughout the bowls.

  8. For your liking, sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top to add more flavor. Enjoy!


Keep in mind


To make something taste good, it does not always need to come out of a book. But to make it taste the best, it is always nice to add your own flavors or elements to better show your interest and personality on a plate. #binging #macandcheese #healthy #healthymacandcheese #entrees #healthyentrees

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