Monday, February 26, 2007

A hit with my son

Super-Easy Mac and Cheese
Weight Watchers Five Ingredient 15 Minute Cookbook Copyright 2005

½ cup 1% low-fat milk
¼ teaspoon dry mustard
¼ teaspoon pepper
6 ounces processed cheese (such as Velveeta), cubed I used 2% Velveeta
4 cups hot cooked medium elbow macaroni (about 8 ounces uncooked), cooked without salt or fat I used Dreamfields

1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a large saucepan; cook over medium heat until cheese melts and mixture is smooth, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in macaroni. Serve immediately.

Yield: 8 (1/2 cup) servings. 3 points per serving.

This was just something I made on a whim. I had recently looked at the recipe and when I walked past the Velveeta in the grocery store, I felt the urge to throw some in my cart even though I hadn't really planned on making this recipe right away.

Usually I prefer to blend a little Velveeta with other cheeses, not that I buy Velveeta very often. It seems to smooth out cheese sauces very nicely. Just the Velveeta on it's own wasn't bad here. I liked that it didn't seem as rich as a regular cheese sauce - sometimes macaroni and cheese can be too heavy as a side dish. I love Alton Brown's stove-top recipe but as a side dish, it can be too much.

Another nice thing about the Velveeta is that the leftovers didn't dry out like other macaroni and cheese recipes often do. My son really liked this so I was glad to be able to freeze the leftovers for him. They reheat beautifully.

I really like these Weight Watcher's magazine style cookbooks and there's a new one out but they're so expensive. I was hoping Costco had it in there magazine section but they didn't. I'll probably break down and get the new one eventually.

Lately, when it comes to cooking, the spirit is willing but the body is dead tired. I don't get sick very often so maybe I just forgot how long it takes to recover or maybe it's just my advanced age, but I didn't expect not to bounce right back after being sick. My butt has been dragging for over a week.

I scheduled a trip to Ollie's since my coupon was about to expire and then I couldn't find the coupon! Oh well, I went anyway. I got a raise on Friday so that was my splurge. They didn't have anything too special but that didn't stop me. I bought a nice Pillsbury cookbook, a Betty Crocker chicken cookbook, a bread machine cookbook, a few healthy recipe cookbooks and a Bisquick cookbook. All the books basically contain recipes I probably already have somewhere but if I only bought books that made sense I wouldn't be the Cookbook Junkie, I'd just be someone with a small, logical cookbook collection.

Blast From The Past: Maple-Glazed Salmon from March 2006, also from this cookbook. Wonderful but why does cooking salmon have to stink up the house so much?? Damn, I just remembered that I forgot to take my fish oil capsules this morning.

Question of the Day: Do you take any dietary supplements (vitamins, fish oil, etc)?


Randi said...

How many cookbooks do you have? I'd love to see a picture of them. Funny about velveta. I bought some a few weeks ago to make my trailer trash dip. I had half a brick left over so I made broccoli cheese soup a couple nights ago. I need to blog about it. Robin really liked it.

The Cookbook Junkie said...

We're always on the same wavelength - I have 4 oz of Velveeta left (I made a double batch of this recipe) and I found a broccoli cheese soup recipe that used 4 oz that I was planning to make soon.

I did post a pic of my books a while back


I only have a couple hundred but it's a growing collection.

Unknown said...

I take a multi-vitamin everyday but that's it. I have a friend who takes everything known to man...FYI: that's not necessary and may even keep some medications from working properly.

Anonymous said...

i take 2 fish oils a day, gummi worm multi vitamin (there not just for kids! hehe) and a vitamin e thingy... oh yeah and calcium suplements b/c im lactose intolerant