Tag Archives: macaroni and cheese

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

 Vegetarian butternut squash mac and cheese is the creamiest, most velvety, delicious mac and cheese ever, it’s so easy to make and kids will love it!

Butternut squash mac and cheese in orange crock with copper spoon, with white crock of mac and cheese in background and fresh parsley

It’s officially Thanksgiving Week on the blog! My favorite week of the year, where I share delicious new appetizers, sides, drinks, desserts and turkey recipes to make for the big meal!

This is my 8th year of sharing Thanksgiving recipes on the blog and with so many fan favorites, I began compiling a list every year of the Top 15 Most Popular Thanksgiving Recipes.

Rosemary Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast and Cranberry Apple Sangria are a few of my personal favorites!

This year, the line up includes:

The menu this year includes so many easy, delicious recipes, I can’t wait to share them all this week!

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Buffalo Cheeseburger Macaroni

Buffalo Cheeseburger Macaroni, it’s like Hamburger Helper, but so much better! This meaty, cheesy pasta dish is so delicious and made in under 45 minutes for a quick and easy dinner recipe!

Buffalo Cheeseburger Macaroni in bowl with spoon

From Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne to Buffalo Taco Spaghetti to Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Tortellini, there’s a reason I’ve been called “The Queen of Buffalo Sauce”!

Cheesy pasta recipes with buffalo sauce are totally my jam! It’s quick, easy comfort food with a kick!

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Bratwurst Beer Mac & Cheese

This Mac and Cheese Recipe is kicked up a notch with the addition of grilled bratwurst and amber beer, putting a fun and flavorful twist on mac and cheese!

Bratwurst Beer Mac and Cheese Recipe

Alright guys, it’s confession time, I might be a tad bit obsessed with mac and cheese!

Whether it’s Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese,  Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese, BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese, or this new Bratwurst Beer Mac and Cheese recipe, I just can’t get enough of the creamy, cheesy, pasta goodness!

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Slow Cooker Taco Macaroni and Cheese

Taco seasoned ground beef and hot sauce add delicious flavor and spice to this Slow Cooker Taco Macaroni and Cheese recipe!

Slow Cooker Taco Macaroni and Cheese

Today I’m combining 3 of my favorite things in life, the almighty slow cooker, tacos and macaroni and cheese!

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Roasted Red Pepper Chorizo Baked Mac And Cheese

Roasted red peppers and spicy chorizo add a ton of flavor to this baked mac and cheese recipe, easy to make for dinner tonight in under 45 minutes!

Roasted Red Pepper Chorizo Mac and Cheese

This dish is dedicated to my Facebook friends.

A couple of weeks back as I was planning out new recipe ideas for October. I asked my Facebook friends which new recipe they would like to see on the blog and there was an overwhelming response for Red Pepper Chorizo Baked Mac and Cheese.

And I can’t say I blame them! It’s super flavorful cheesy pasta deliciousness, what’s not to love?

Roasted red peppers, good, chorizo, good, mac and cheese, good!

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Sausage Jalapeño Macaroni and Cheese

Sausage Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese

One time my friends went on a “Macaroni and Cheese Crawl”. If you’re familiar with bar crawls, it’s the same thought, but instead of slamming beers and tequila shots, you head to the best restaurants for Mac and Cheese.

While I wasn’t able to make the crawl with them, I thought this was the best idea ever. Why, you ask?  Because Macaroni and Cheese is freaking awesome!!!!

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3 Healthy Swaps for Your Favorite Dishes

Everyone loves pizza, mac and cheese and fried chicken, what no one loves is an ever-expanding waistline and clothes that start to get a little snug! Never fear, I’m here to help keep the foods you love without that whole waistline situation!

I’ve highlighted three of my recipes which are healthy swaps for your favorite foods that will save you fat, calories, sodium and carbohydrates, delivering the foods you love without the waistline you hate!


Substituting phyllo dough for the crust and replacing the cheese and pepperoni with delicious fresh roasted vegetables will save you over 1000 calories!

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Nutritional information for one Medium Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza from Pizza Hut:

  • Calories: 2000
  • Fat: 96 grams
  • Sodium: 4,720 mg*
  • Carbohydrates: 208 grams

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Nutritional information for one Phyllo Dough Pizza with Roasted Vegetables:

  • Calories: 829
  • Fat: 44 grams (**42 of which come from olive oil)
  • Sodium: 368 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 97 grams

*The recommended daily intake of sodium for an adult on a 2,000 calorie diet is 2400 mg.  Eat half a pizza, you’re at your limit!

**Over 70% of the fat in olive oil is monounsaturated, which is known as “good fat” and actually helps lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Mac and Cheese

Substituting spaghetti squash for macaroni noodles and a white cheese sauce for calorie heavy yellow cheeses, flour and butter that make up most macaroni and cheese sauces, will save you a whopping 39 grams of fat, as well as over 1000 calories!

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Nutritional information for one Macaroni and Cheese Side Dish at The Cheesecake Factory:

  • Calories: 1309
  • Fat: 51 grams
  • Sodium: 768 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 92 grams

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Nutritional information for one serving (1 cup) Spaghetti Squash with White Cheese Sauce:

  • Calories: 275
  • Fat: 12 grams
  • Sodium: 335 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 10 grams

Fried Chicken

Simply baking breaded chicken instead of frying it will give you the same flavor and texture with 75% less fat and one-third of the sodium!

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Nutritional information for one serving (6 oz) KFC Popcorn Chicken:

  • Calories: 560
  • Fat: 37 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 8 grams
  • Sodium: 1480 mg

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Nutritional information for one serving (6 oz) Baked Poppy Seed Popcorn Chicken:

  • Calories: 469
  • Fat: 9 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 5 grams
  • Sodium: 450 mg

Federal law passed in 2011 requires any restaurant chain with 20 or more locations to provide nutritional information on each item served, so before you cruise through that drive through or call in that pizza, do your research and make a healthier choice today!