One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

Chili Mac and Cheese
Easy, delicious, healthy comfort food!

A couple of nights ago I was walking home from the subway and thinking about what I might make for dinner.  I was feeling lazy, so, I thought I’d put together one of my favorite dinner hacks… a frozen dinner bulked up with extra protein and veggies (my go-to is a Lean Cuisine Fettuccine Alfredo with added chicken, broccoli and peas). I knew I had a Smart Ones Macaroni and Cheese, but, didn’t think chicken sounded like exactly what I wanted… and then I got an overwhelming craving for Chili Mac and Cheese.

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Bolognese with Mung Bean Fettuccine

Beef Bolognese with Mung Bean PastaAs soon as we made this recipe from Blue Apron, I knew I was going to be modifying it for Cooking Club!  So easy and delicious… and a simple swap of Edamame & Mung Bean Fettuccine for the fresh pappardelle gives it big boost of extra protein and fiber!

Another bonus:  using just the leaves of the Brussels sprouts leaves you all sorts of extra sprouts to do something delicious with.

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Hamburger/Cheeseburger Casserole

Hamburger/cheeseburger casseroleI’m so excited to finally post this recipe!  We’ve made it about a dozen times in Cooking Club and I think we finally perfected it!  I also love that it’s a good demonstration of how you can take a recipe and use it as a starting point to really make it your own… whether you’re tweaking it for taste or specific nutritional concerns, etc.  This is actually adapted from a recipe on Skinnytaste.com (one of my very favorite places to get recipes) which was in turn adapted from a recipe in Bobby Deen’s cookbook From Mama’s Table to Mine: Everybody’s Favorite Comfort Foods at 350 Calories or Less. Continue reading