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20 Delightful Mac & Cheese Recipes That Will Knock Your Socks Off

20 Delightful Mac & Cheese Recipes That Will Knock Your Socks Off

We all love the cheesy goodness of Mac & Cheese – and if you don’t, then what are you doing with your life? It’s a food that we all grew up with, it was served with any big family meal like Thanksgiving dinner, and it also comes in handy if you’re a broke college kid or when you just don’t know what you feel like eating. Here are the 20 best recipes every Mac & Cheese lover needs to try.

1. Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac N Cheese
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    Not only is this recipe have a healthy kick to it but it’s also just as simple and easy as buying a boxed Mac N Cheese. It can serve 4-6 and all you need is 8 oz. (about 2 cups) of elbow pasta, 8 oz. (about 2 cups) of shredded cheese, 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt, 2 cups fresh spinach, salt and pepper for taste, 1/4 tbsp. of garlic powder, and 1/4 tbsp. of onion powder. Cook the pasta according to direction on package, usually about 8-10 minutes. Place the spinach leaves at the bottom of the strainer, and then pour the macaroni over top to drain and wilt the spinach. Save about 1/2 cup of the water and return the macaroni and spinach to the pot. Add about 1/4 of the water back in the pot with the cheese and stir until the cheese is melted. Stir in the Greek yogurt, garlic powder and onion powder and use the remaining water as needed to thin. Serve immediately.

     2. Beer Macaroni And Cheese Soup

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      First of all this is a combination of three great things anyone loves: soup, beer, and Mac N Cheese. How could you not just die wanting to try this. Also it tastes better when served with pretzel sticks. It takes almost an hour to make but it serves 4 people so it’s definitely worth a try. You need 6 strips of bacon, 1 cup of elbow macaroni, 2 carrots diced, 2 stalks of celery diced, 2 cloves garlic chopped, 1 jalepeno pepper diced, 1 onion diced, 1/4 cup of flour, 2 cups chicken broth, 1 (12 ounce bottle) beer, 1 pinch nutmeg, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 cup of heavy cream, 3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded cayenne and salt & pepper to taste. Cook the bacon in a pan over medium heat as you like. Leave about 1 tbsp. of the grease in the pan to the cook the onion, carrot, celery and jalapeño in. Cook those for about 10-15 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Mix in the flour and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the broth, beer nutmeg, Worcestershire sauce, bacon and macaroni, and let it cook for about 8 minutes. Add the cream and cheese and cook until the cheese is melted without bringing it back to a boil. Season as you wish with the cayenne, salt and pepper.  

      3. Lobster Mac N Cheese

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        This one is for any one who adores sea food as much as they adore mac n cheese. It’s also no more difficult to make than normal macaroni and cheese. You don’t even have to cook it with a whole lobster if you’re afraid of cooking one, you can easily just use frozen lobster tails at your local market. Here’s the recipe, and I highly recommend you adding this to your list of must-try’s.

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        4. Mac & Cheese Pizza

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          This may sound like it’s for the younger generations because we all know how much kids and teens love ordering pizza but how could you deny this cheesy goodness. It’s even more delicious if you add your other favorite toppings to it. There’s so many things you could add to this but here’s the basic recipe.

          5. Avocado Mac & Cheese

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            This one just sounds healthy and delicious. And everyone loves to pretend to be healthy simply because it’s trendy, so can you say #TrendyProblems? Here’s the recipe, now go be healthy!

            6. Pepper Jack Bacon Mac & Cheese

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              Not only is this easy to make, but it’s got bacon in it. And who doesn’t like bacon? You can find the recipe here to satisfy all your cheesy bacon needs.

              7. Mac & Cheese Bacon Pie

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                This could a be a good brunch idea, it’s got macaroni & cheese which is lunch and bacon, so there’s breakfast. What more could you want besides donuts? Here’s the recipe.

                8. Mac & Cheese Donuts

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                  So here’s the perfect recipe if you just want an all out Mac & Cheese themed brunch to go along with the Mac & Cheese Pie. It sounds gross but really it just tastes like fried mac & Cheese.

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                  9. Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwich

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                    This recipe is honestly just a combination of anyone’s childhood. It’s like taking the left over Mac & Cheese from lunch yesterday and throwing in on some buttered and toasted bread with more cheese.

                    10. Chili Mac & Cheese

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                      This is the best recipe for when it’s cold outside. I mean what warms you up more than chili? And you could make it spicy if you’re in to that.

                      11. Taco Mac & Cheese

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                        A lot of people love tacos and there’s all kinds of them too. So why not add a little flavor to that Mac & Cheese and try Taco Mac & Cheese. And it’s made in one big pot so it’s not messy at all. Here’s the recipe, try it and love it.

                        12. Fried Mac & Cheese Balls

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                          This recipe is perfect for an appetizer at a party or just as something to make and store in the fridge for a quick warm-me-up snack. It’s also a copy cat recipe from The Cheesecake Factory, so it’s obviously going to be delicious. Try the recipe here.

                          13. Mac & Cheese Lasagna

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                            This is just another twist on a good recipe by adding Mac & Cheese. It’s a definite must try so here’s the recipe.

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                            14. Instant Mac & Cheese In A Mug

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                              This one is perfect for anyone on the go or the broke college kid who lives in a dorm. Here’s the recipe, it’s simple, easy, and fast.

                              15. Chicken Ranch Mac & Cheese

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                                There’s a lot of ranch lovers out there and this Mac & Cheese recipe is perfect for you! And look, more bacon! Try it here.

                                16. Skinny Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

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                                  This is good for anyone who’s being self conscious or loves Mac & Cheese but doesn’t want to feel guilty. This recipe is guilt free and delicious, try it here.

                                  17. Healthy Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese

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                                    Here’s another healthy recipe if you love Mac & Cheese and this could be delicious if you love Buffalo Chicken too. Here’s the recipe.

                                    18. Gluten Free Mac & Cheese

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                                      Now here’s a good recipe for those who need it. It’s healthy, it’s gluten free and it’s still Mac & Cheese, I mean what more could you really ask for?

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                                      19. Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

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                                        This is perfect to add to any fall meal especially if you love pumpkin anything and it’s healthy! Calling all white girls!! Here’s the recipe.

                                        20. Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

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                                          For the last recipe, I’m also keeping it healthy. It’s butternut squash, and it is heaven. It’s also the perfect side dish at any large family dinner with the holidays coming up. Here’s the recipe.

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                                          Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                                          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                          Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                                          Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                                          Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                                          1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                                          Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                                          This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                                          In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                                          The result: no more mental stress.

                                          2. Unplug

                                          Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                                          How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                                          It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                                          Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                                          3. Easy on the Caffeine

                                          Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                                          Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                                          4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                                          That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                                          How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                                          • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                                          • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                                          • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                                          While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                                          5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                                          This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                                          The result: mental stress will be gone!

                                          So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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