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Bored with Kraft Mac and Cheese? Kick It Up A Notch.


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A while ago we showed you how to take good, yet boring, Ramen and turn it into something fancy. In the same way, you can take mac and cheese from the box and turn it into something more. For example you can brown some ground beef and make your own cheesy, beefy, macaroni. Or do like what Abby came up with: chicken and tomato mac and cheese. Here's how we made it.


Chicken breast. We've been getting these freezer packs from Costco. Not only are they priced very well, they come in pairs in sealed freezer packs. Take out the night before and place in the fridge and you are ready to cook by the time you get home from work.

Canned Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies. These are fantastic to have in the pantry. Can be added to just about anything. The generic brand from our local grocery store is cheaper and tastes just as good.

Instant Mac and Cheese. Kraft of course. There is no other brand to choose from.

How you do it:

First cut the chicken breasts into bite sized portions. Season with salt, pepper and chili powder. Saute in a hot pan with some butter. While the chicken is cooking, bring some water to boil in a pot.

After the chicken is done cooking (I slightly over did the chicken tonight but it wasn't as dry as it looks) drain the tomatoes and add to the chicken. Heat the it all together over medium heat while you finish the mac and cheese following the directions on the box.

Add everything together and mix it up.

Put in a bowl and eat.

This is a great "clean out the pantry" dinner. It's also a simple easy meal to make to help you become more confident in cooking. Just be creative and don't be afraid to give different combinations a try.