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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 September 28, 2020

                                          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                          At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                                          Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                                          One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                                          When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                                          So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                                          Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                                          This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                                          Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                                          When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                                          Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                                          One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                                          Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                                          An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                                          When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                                          Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                                          Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                                          We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                                          By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                                          Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                                          While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                                          I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                                          You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                                          Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                                          When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                                          Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                                          Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                                          Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                                          One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                                          Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                                          Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                                          This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                                          While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                                          Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                                          Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                                          This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                                          For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                                          Con #4: Unique Distractions

                                          Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                                          For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                                          To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                                          We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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