Being a mom is a lot of work. There is cleaning to be done, meals to prepare, appointments to be kept, all while having your every move scrutinized by little people who are learning all about life from you. Throw an eight-hour workday on top of that, and you have the recipe for stress.
Well, take a much-needed break mommy. I am here to help you! As it so happens, I am a mom who works outside the home too. You know what else? I am a mom who loves to cook! I know how hard it can be to come home on a Monday and cook dinner for your family, knowing there are still four exhausting days left. Are you an at home mom? This is for you too. I know it must be difficult, alone all day with the kiddos and no one to give you a break. Nap time should be for resting, not for cooking.
I am excited to present you my first weekly blog, Cooking Through a Case of the Mondays. It is here to help you prepare a quick and easy Monday night dinner that your family is sure to love! Why post on Sunday? By posting on Sunday you have time to get your groceries, and, in many cases, prepare the dish ahead so that all you have to do on Monday evening is turn on the oven and toss it in.
*Note- I am a big believer in being a carnivore, if you are a vegetarian you will probably have to tweak the recipes to make them work for you.
So what is for dinner tomorrow?
Macaroni and Cheese
(Put that blue box away ladies- we’re doing the real thing here!)
Here is what you need:
1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup
1/2 soup can milk
Salt and pepper
2 cups uncooked pasta (I like to use whole wheat large elbow macaroni, you can use shell, corkscrew or whatever else you have in the pantry)
shredded cheese ( you determine the amount)
2 tsp melted butter
1 tbsp seasoned bread crumbs (just buy them- making them yourself TOTALLY defeats the purpose of this post!)
Cook noodles according to package directions
While noodles are cooking, mix soup, milk, salt and pepper (to taste) in a 1 qt casserole; add cooked noodles and mix well; add a small (or large, if you prefer) handful of shredded cheese, and mix again
Bake uncovered, 400 degrees, 15 minutes
Just before the macaroni comes out, mix the bread crumbs with the melted butter. Top the macaroni with more cheese (if desired) and bread crumbs. Bake 5 minutes more.
Steam up some frozen veggies, and dinner is served! And I promise your kids will love it! What kid ever said no to mac and cheese?
Variation: This dish is GREAT with some cooked chicken or ham chopped up and mixed in. For extra ease toss in some canned chicken breast (like the kind you get at Costco) or slice up some lunch meat. Want some extra zest? Put a little tobasco on it or even in it, if your kids can take the heat. Yummy!
Do you have a dish you’re trying to perfect, or something in your pantry you want to get rid of? Leave a comment telling me what it is, and I will see what we can cook up in a future post!