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Meaty Mac

Meaty Mac

Cooler temps are just around the bend and already I’m in the mood for some gooey comfort food.  The stick-to-yer-ribs type.

This recipe fit the bill splendidly.  Though it surely ain’t sexy, it is totally delicious.  We’re talkin’ perfectly seasoned ground beef folded into creamy, homemade macaroni and cheese and then baked until bubbly.  I kept it simple this time around, but you could easily add sauteed veggies, different spices–whatever your heart desires.  You could also swap in ground chicken or turkey for the beef and a whole grain mac, such as Barilla Plus, for the regular variety.

So next time you’re looking for something cozy–or just a new way to use that ground beef–give this recipe a whirl.  It’s sure to please anyone from your favorite football fan to those angelic children of yours.

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Lighter Lemon Thyme Macaroni Salad

I’ve never been a big fan of macaroni salad, truth be told.  I’m sure part of it is that growing-up, it really wasn’t a part of my family’s dining repertoire.  Aside from that, however, macaroni salad has never really done anything for me.  Excessive mayo glopped on helpless macaronis otherwise lacking in any personality?  No thanks.  But every now and then, I have a dream.  A dream about a macaroni salad that doesn’t coat my tongue and is full of bright flavor and crunchy appeal.  I’ve come close at times.  This recipe may be the closest I’ve gotten yet.  The lemon, dijon, and Tabasco definitely perk things up and all the fresh veggies make every bite a good one.  To top it off, fresh parsley and lemon thyme add an extra little dimension for your enjoyment.  Oh, and it contains just 1/3 to 1/2 the calories of most macaroni salads.  Your hips will love that.

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