First new recipe of 2016!

As I mentioned in my 2016 goals post, I wanted to step up my cooking game with twelve new recipes this year. Now, right now, in January that does not seem like a lot, but I also know that J and I get caught up in the summer, we go out to eat too much, we don't meal plan enough, and then we end up making not enough good healthy foods. If 12 goes well this year, maybe I can change it up for 2017 and make 12 vegetarian meals or something? Or 12 healthy dinners. 12 new preparations of vegetables. I  have no idea. There are a lot of possibilities.

Anyway, last week I got around to the first new recipe of 2016. I made a few modifications to Cooking Lights One Pan Broccoli Mac and Cheese with Bacon. I actually saw this issue of the magazine in line at the grocery and bought it. This was the cover recipe. It sold me on the recipe and I bought it. HA!

Admittedly, mine was not as beautiful as the cover photo, but it tasted just as great!

Changes I made to the recipe:
1. Used unsweetened vanilla almond milk instead of 1% (it's what we buy/had)
2. Used cooked beef shoulder instead of bacon. We had leftovers.
3. Used "winter squash" instead of butternut. Granted, the winter squash likely had butternut squash in it, but it also had acorn and some others.
4. Used 12 oz of macaroni instead of 10. That was how big the box was. Also, it was the "smart taste" macaroni, which is the whole grain/high fiber one.
5. Used broccolini instead of broccoli. The bit milder broccoli had a better chance of being eaten by a 2 year old (it was not).

So here is the finished product:

It was a hit with J and I, and even Addie loved it. I brought the leftovers to work the next day and shared some, and it was well received.


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