Friday, March 22, 2013

My Mom's Macaroni and Cheese



My mom is not much of a cook. This she will admit to any of you. But the woman can boil pasta an melt velveeta like nobody's business. Growing up, macaroni and cheese was make homemade only for special occasions. Any other time it came out of a box. Macaroni and cheese in general is something that one bite and I am transported into time. Funny that my son will not eat it this way. He finds it too cheesy. I do not know where this child came from.

My Mom's Macaroni and Cheese
2 TB butter
2 TB flour
1 cup whole milk warmed up (micro works perfect 1 minute)
2 cups elbow macaroni cooked but not all the way
1/2 box veleveeta cubed
1 tsp dry mustard
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
in a sauce pan melt the butter
while the butter is melting put the milk in the micro for a minute to take the chill off
 and cube up the cheese
add the flour and mix with a whisk and cook for about a minute
it should look like this
add the milk and keep whisking
and add the mustard
when the milk is thick enough that you can coat the back of a spoon and draw with you finger, add the cheese and stir with a wooden spoon until melted.
add some black pepper, or dont... but resist the urge to grab some jalapenos and tortilla chips
butter a baking dish
add your noodles and resist the urge to dump into a bowl, the noodles arent cooked all the way (well mine might be lol
Dump into a baking dish and pop into a 350 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes
oh my...pure heaven

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Mustard- and Brown Sugar- Rubbed Salmon

I have been trying to eat clean. I know the blog posts you see on here don't always depict that. The rest of my family has to enjoy food and then there are times you just need to try a new recipe. I have been trying to swap out full fat for reduced and portion control. That is huge! I am also trying to eat more fish. Unfortunately the adults in our home are the only ones that like fish. When The Ballplayer was little we could trick him into eating fish sticks by saying they were chicken. That isnt going to work now I am afraid. He likes what he likes and wont budge.

This was a very easy recipe. I bought a huge bag of frozen salmon (think costco) and took out a couple pieces and tossed into the fridge in the morning.

I liked this recipe because the whole dinner was about 326 calories for us.

Mustard- and Brown Sugar- Rubbed Salmon
recipe adapted from Preventive Magazine
2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
4 salmon fillets (6 ounces each), skin removed
1 teaspoon olive oil
 

Stir together the sugar, salt, pepper, cumin, and mustard in a small bowl. Press the sugar mixture evenly onto the top surface of the fish.
Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook the fish, rub side down, for 4 minutes or until the rub dissolves and darkens slightly (being careful not to burn). Flip the fish and cook for 3 minutes or until the fish is opaque
 carefully flip
 DINNER!!!
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