Friday, March 29, 2013

Food Make Over- Chicken Nuggets and Mac and Cheese

You're at a loss of what to fix for dinner.  You're kids are picky eaters and only want chicken nuggets or macaroni and cheese.  So once again, you find yourself pulling the bag out of the freezer or reaching for the box on the shelf...

Wait!  It's not that hard to make it!  And it will be healthier because you'll be able to pronounce all the ingredients!

Here is my chicken nugget make over.

1 lb (or more to feed your family) chicken- you can use breasts or thighs
1 cup Panko breadcrumbs (Panko stays crunchy!)
1/2 cup shredded cheese (I use Parmesan)
Italian seasoning to taste

Place breadcrumbs, cheese and seasoning in a gallon size plastic bag.  Cut the chicken up into bite size pieces.  Place in bag and shake until well coated.  Spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet.  Bake at 350* for 15-20 (depending on the size of the pieces).  

There you go, easy peasy chicken nuggets.

The made over mac and cheese takes a bit more, but once you master the rue sauce, you'll be a master mac and cheese maker.

1 Tbsp butter (make sure it's the real stuff!)
1 Tbsp flour (I've also used arrow root powder)
1 cup milk
1 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese (more flavor!)
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups cooked noodles

Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat.  Once melted, add flour and whisk until well blended- it should form a thick paste.  Slowly add the milk while whisking (to avoid lumps).  Once the milk is blended in, add in the cheese, salt and pepper.  Simmer until the sauce gets nice and thick.  Stir in your noodles.

I also use the cheese sauce to top vegetables.  Bonus points if you add the vegetables to the mac and cheese =)

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