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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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                                          12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                          12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                          Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                          But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                          I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                          Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                                          1. Nuts

                                          The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                          Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                          Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                          Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                          2. Blueberries

                                          Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                          When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                          3. Tomatoes

                                          Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                          4. Broccoli

                                          While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                          Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                          Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                          5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                          Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                          The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                          Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                          6. Soy

                                          Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                          Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                          Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                          7. Dark Chocolate

                                          When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                          Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                          8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                          Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                                          B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                                          Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                          Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                          To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                          9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                          Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                          Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                          Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                          10. Gingko Biloba

                                          This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                                          It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                                          However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                          11. Green and Black Tea

                                          Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                          Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                          Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                          12. Sage and Rosemary

                                          Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                          Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                          When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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