One of the classic comfort foods earns a place of honor on July 14th. It is National Mac and Cheese Day!
Made with macaroni noodles, cream or milk, and the golden goodness of cheese, mac and cheese shines as a side dish while also standing on its own as a main dish. This meal reminds many of us of home while also teaching us the basics of the kitchen. What other recipes allow us to create so flamboyantly and often with so little knowledge about cooking?
From the classic mac and cheese with cheddar or American cheeses to the spicy cowboy mac with bacon and jalapenos, there’s a combination for everyone. Mix up the cheeses or load up on seasonings. It’s easy to get a toasty crust by setting the broiler for a couple of minutes at the end of the cooking time.
If you’re like many of us today, we’re watching the carbohydrate intake. Keto, low carb, and others can take advantage of newer products in today’s marketplace. We use Cauliflower, Zucchini, and innovative products like Pasta Zero made from mushrooms that give us an alternative means of enjoying these classic comfort foods.
Look for a variety of these products in both fresh and frozen. Innovative solutions like these have put things like pasta dishes back into our recipe book. Easy substitutions can replace high starchy foods with the same basic tastes. So if you want a more traditional pasta choice choose whole wheat pastas. While not as low carb as some choices they metabolize slowly in our systems which is of particular importance for Diabetic diets.
Do your own verified research. It is scientifically proven that a lot of these choices are much healthier for you. They not only contribute to things like weight loss but, cardiovascular risks, diabetes, stroke and general well being. There are lots of rumors out there some even repeated by medical staffs.
Mac and cheese offers a multitude of ways to enjoy it, too. As a soup, it warms us up after a long day. Stuff it inside a meatloaf or a burger for a meal made for a hungry, busy family. Roll up bite-sized bits in bread crumbs and deep fry for mouthwatering appetizers. Put your favorite mac and cheese between two slices of crusty bread. Then put into a panini press for some grilled yumminess. Whether we like it mild or spicy, mac and cheese has us covered.
Try the cauliflower version with tuna and green veggie like broccoli for a terrific tasting and healthy take on Tuna Noodle Casserole.
Besides being simple to make, mac and cheese enables us to experiment with other flavors we enjoy. We break into our kitchen skills with mac and cheese, and it makes us look good. Sometimes the can opener doesn’t do that. On July 14th, celebrate mac and cheese not only because we love to eat it, but because it taught us we can cook, too.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMacAndCheeseDay
Enjoy some mac and cheese! Experiment with different cheeses or try it with toppings. Don’t hesitate to break out of your normal routine. This is no time to be ho-hum. It’s a celebration of a food that’s not only convenient but is versatile and delicious, too. Use #NationalMacAndCheeseDay to share on social media.
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