Sweet Potato Macaroni and Cheese

Sweet Potato Macaroni and Cheese

Sweet Potato Macaroni and Cheese

 

Ingredients

1 medium sweet potato (mine was 370 grams and was a little more than what was needed)
2 cups elbow macaroni (whole wheat or gluten-free)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons flour (whole wheat or a gluten-free 1-to-1 blend)
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard (I left this out and used garlic powder instead)
2 cups grated cheddar or Monterey jack cheese (I used 1 1/2 cups cheddar and 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano)
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Directions

Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, peel and dice the sweet potato into 1/2″ pieces. Place in the boiling water and cook until tender, about 10-20 minutes. You can alternatively place the potato on a baking sheet and bake at 400 °F for 1 hour or until soft and then scrape out the flesh.
Mash the cooked sweet potato well and measure out 1 cup (245 grams).
Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and cook the macaroni according to the instructions on the package. Drain and set aside.
While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the flour and whisk for 1 minute. Slowly pour in the milk while whisking constantly. Cook until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 3-5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the mustard, if using, cheese, and 1 cup of mashed sweet potato. Remove the pot from the heat and stir until smooth. I didn’t mash my sweet potato well enough and used an immersion blender to make it totally smooth. Add in the salt, pepper and then the macaroni.
Recipe from The Kid’s Daily Plate: A Week’s Worth of Healthy Mix ‘N Match Toddler- and Kid-Approved Meals by Lauren Zembron.

Dutch Oven Chicken

Dutch Oven Chicken

Dutch Oven Chicken

 

8  chicken breasts, deboned
6 tablespoons  peanut oil
2 tablespoons  lemon juice
2 tablespoons  thyme
salt and pepper
8 slices  bacon
8 slices  cheese

Combine oil, lemon juice, thyme and mix well.  Spoon over breasts.   Place in 350 degree F heated Dutch oven.          Bake 30 minutes. Open foil and place one slice bacon, cheese  over each breast.  Bake open for 3 to 5 minutes      Remove from foil and place on serving platter.

How to get a Rotisserie Chicken for Half Price @ Walmart

How to get a Rotisserie Chicken for Half Price @ Walmart

How to get a Rotisserie Chicken for Half Price @ Walmart

How to get a Rotisserie Chicken for Half Price @ Walmart

Story found @ Traveltoast.com

 

  1. Find out the roasting schedule at your local Wal-Mart. It can change from day-to-day, but usually doesn’t vary much. They cook new batches of birds every three hours. So, if you find out they started the first batch at 10:30 a.m., you can count on another batch coming out at 1:30 p.m.         
  2. Be at the store during the third hour since the last batch was cooked. You can check the time-stamp on the container to see if you’re there at the right time. Using the example above, you would need to arrive at the store at 12:30 p.m.                                                                                       
  3. Pick up your two-hour-old chickens from the front of the store and walk to the deli counter where they’re made. (Usually in the back.)                                                                                                          
  4. Ask the deli-counter worker to mark them down for you. (Mention that they’re in the third hour of life, of course.)                                                                                                                                             
  5. The worker will print out a new price sticker and attach it to the container.

The price varies around the country, but here in Texas, chickens that sell for close to $5 (plus the premium chickens which sell for $7) are marked down to $1.99 each.

You can’t even buy fresh chickens for that price!