Hey guys!! If you’re like me you are gearing up for summer break. The kids are out of school and things can get a little hectic! Between keeping them entertained all day, trying to prevent my house from looking like it was hit by a tornado and that awful heat I am wiped by dinner time.
Not to mention by the time I need to make dinner I have already prepared two breakfasts, a brunch, a lunch and a half and twelve snacks (boys will eat you out of house and home!)
So when the end of the school year approaches I make sure to stock up on plenty of Stouffer’s Mac & Cheese Family size. It is one dinner that I know everyone will eat and love and it is so easy to prepare on those busy nights, or nights when I just can’t anymore lol.
Stouffer’s Mac & Cheese recipe includes real, simple ingredients, like freshly made pasta, cheddar cheese, milk and butter. While homemade meals are the “golden standard” for many families, we live in a busy world where whipping up homemade dishes every night can be challenging. Stouffer’s Macaroni & Cheese is an easy solution that you can feel good about feeding your family. For more than 90 years Stouffer’s has served recipes made with high-quality ingredients and the same love the Stouffer family put into every recipe at the family restaurants decades ago. The Stouffer’s brand started in a small Cleveland restaurant, which later became a chain of restaurants due to the first location’s enormous success. Recognizing the quality of the meals, customers began asking for take-away versions of their favorites, so the Stouffer family began freezing and selling their popular items.
It has been a favorite of mine forever and now my boys love it just as much! It is so delicious, tastes homemade without the work and gets me out of the kitchen fast!
Of course my hungry boys need a little something else with their mac & cheese so I love whipping up a cool, crisp salad using summer berries. We always have a surplus of strawberries so I make the boy’s favorite strawberry salad. With crunchy pecans, sweet berries and a vinaigrette sweetened with honey this salad is always a family favorite and I love using it to balance my plate!
Balance Your Plate is an educational program designed to help you put together delicious and nutritious meals that incorporate both frozen and fresh foods. Frozen prepared foods are a great time saver and there are so many new dishes and flavors to choose from. To build a balanced meal, use frozen prepared foods as your base and pair with an easy-to-make side dish made of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and/or low-fat dairy.
- ½ pound fresh strawberries.
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil.
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon salt.
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Rinsed Baby spinach
- ½ pound strawberries washed and sliced
- 1 cup of halved pecans
- 1 cup Monterey jack cheese cubed or crumbled
- Wash and hull ½ pound berries.
- Blend berries, honey, vinegar, oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in blender.
- Blend till combined.
- Toast pecans lightly, cool.
- Top spinach with sliced strawberries, cheese and pecans.
- Drizzle with dressing.
So this summer be prepared with this easy to make salad and of course that delicious, creamy, cheesy homemade taste of classic Stouffer’s Mac & Cheese!
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