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

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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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                                          Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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                                          Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

                                          Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

                                          During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

                                          But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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                                          Simplify

                                          I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

                                          Absolutely.

                                          And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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                                          If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

                                          • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
                                          • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
                                          • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

                                          Be Mindful

                                          You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

                                          Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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                                          Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

                                          Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

                                          Reflect

                                          As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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                                          Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

                                          But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

                                          So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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