= Random dinner family meal time inspiration that turned out quite well
Hi guys! Hope your day went well! I’m happy to say that the week long insanity is over and I’ve got the next 3 days off to catch up on some much needed things around the house and a lunch date with a friend. The next crazy day is Wednesday and the rest of the week should be smooth sailing (I hope!).
My days have been long these past few weeks and I haven’t been feeling super inspired in the kitchen lately. Sometimes you just get sick of your own cooking. So I finally sat down again today and pulled out my Fixate cookbook for tonight’s dinner inspiration. I’ve shared a couple of great recipes from the cookbook previously, like Grandma’s Tomato Sauce and Turkey Sloppy Joes . My family enjoyed both of those recipes and they were perfect for our busy weeknights.
I ran out of whole wheat pasta and was too tired to run to the store, but I was spot on for the rest of the ingredients and added a little twist of my own for the recipe. It was an Adding in the variation of cauliflower steamed in chicken stock, along with the chicken, broccoli and macaroni noodles, it was a comforting awesome meal.
(Sorry for the weird lighting! One day I will figure out the whole lighting and white balance on my phone… *monkey covering face emoji*)
Here’s what I did for the recipe:
Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli Cauliflower and Chicken
Here’s what I did for the chicken:
– Seasoned the chicken breasts with a little salt and pepper and cooked and chopped them ahead of time.
For the mac & cheese:
- 6 cups cooked whole wheat elbow macaroni (or regular if you must – about 3 cups)
- 4 cups chopped broccoli florets, steamed (if using frozen, a 16 oz bag ought’a do ya)
- 1 1/3 cups shredded Monterey Jack and Sharp Cheddar Cheese (you can buy the pre shredded bag cheese to make it quicker)
- 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. Himalayan or Sea salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
For the cauliflower puree:
- 4 cups roughly chopped fresh cauliflower (again if using frozen, a 16 os bag)
- 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
- Heat a large pot of water on the stove to boiling. Add macaroni noodles and cook according to package instructions. (Do not use salt or oil if suggested in directions.)
- While your pasta is cooking, steam your cauliflower – sometimes I’ll use a steamer basket over a pot of water on the stove or I will simply put the cauliflower in my Pampered Chef micro-cooker and cook in the microwave. If using the microwave, cook approximately 5-7 minutes. Once cooked, carefully place in a blender with the 1/2 cup chicken broth and blend until smooth.
- Once pasta is cooked, drain and add back to the pot. Set the stove setting to Low, add the chopped chicken, cauliflower puree, the cheeses, broccoli and salt and pepper. Stir until everything is heated through and the cheeses have melted.
- Serve immediately.
Serves: 8 (2 cups each) Prep Time: 20 minutes if chicken is prepped ahead of time. Cooking Time: 17 minutes
21-Day Fix Container Equivalents: (per serving): 1 Green, 1 yellow, 1 red, 1 blue
Now that dinner is over, I’m looking forward to a relaxing evening. Hope you have a wonderful night and I’ll see you in the morning!
Recipe swap! Leave a healthy recipe that you’re loving in the comments section if you’d like! We can get some ideas from each other.
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