Thursday, March 29, 2012

Macky and cheese

Who doesn't love a good 'ol bowl of Macaroni and Cheese, or as my oldest son calls it "Macky and cheese"?  It's about as comfort-foodish as comfort food gets, and in this house it gets gobbled up so fast my arm gets sore from scooping it onto the plates.

Today I was in a hurry to get lunch together, and literally only had about 5 minutes before I had to leave to get my son from preschool.  I opened the fridge and grabbed some fresh carrots, shredded cheddar cheese, almond milk, olive oil, and some plain rice pasta left over from dinner last night.  Now I could have easily used whole wheat pasta, gluten free, semolina, whatev's, and same goes with the milk. Whatever pleases your palette! For me, I prefer my wee little Parker to be hive-free, so we opt for the egg-free/cow's milk free stuff!

I started with the sauce. I poured about a tablespoon of olive oil in the bottom of a saucepan and added some shredded cheese and a splash of almond milk and start stirring. It got all melty and I got all happy! I added a bit more of each until it was a creamy melty goddess of gooey and then added the secret ingredient - shredded carrot! I then tossed it all together with the pasta and poured it into a baking dish and popped into a warm oven to buy me some time.

Meanwhile, I informed Logan on the way home from school that we would be having his favorite lunch and he exclaimed "MACKY AND CHEESE! WEEEEEE!". That is a direct quote.

When the kiddos were good and hungry, I switched the warm oven to broil and let this bad boy crisp up and get all bubbly.  I can tell you... it smelled amazing. The carrot gave it a yummy crunch, and some obvious vitamin power.  I served it with apple's and cucumbers, and was immediately instructed that this needs to be added to our lunchtime rotation.

and it came out looking like this:

Okay, not the best photos, I know. Best I can do with the iPhone and 4 hungry kids. But I will tell you that this was probably the creamiest macky and cheese I have had.  It was my first time making it with the almond milk and I must say, I am a huge fan.  Our other household favorite for this yummy classic is the Squash Macaroni and Cheese which I talk all about on the most recent episode of Green Corridor Living!


  1. This sounds super yummy! What brand of cheese did you use? I have been trying to find a shredded cheddar cheese for Sophia.

    1. Jacqueline, I actually just use regular cheese. For some reason, cheese and yogurt don't seem to bother Parker, while milk makes his eczema flare up so badly that it looks like burns. It's awful!

    2. aw, poor baby! Maybe it is because the protein breaks down. Anyway, that's a plus that you can use regular cheese!