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Yes, you can totally eat Mac ‘N Cheese for dinner tonight

Annie's Mac n Cheese recipe

 

Whoever decided a warm, creamy bowl of mac ‘n cheese should be reserved strictly for the kid’s menu is seriously so wrong. Aside from the immeasurable deliciousness in every bite, that cheesy pasta you’re craving is also packed with calcium, protein, and Vitamin B. You can even make a relatively healthy meal out of a box of the stuff, if you choose the right brand and mix in nutritionally-packed ingredients.

 

The fundamentals of a mac ‘n cheese dinner should always involve a protein, vegetables, and a high quality box of macaroni and cheese. We love Annie’s pastas, which are available in gluten free, whole grain, and vegan varieties. Every box is free of artificial flavors, synthetic colors, and preservatives, and the real cheese comes from cows that are not treated with the commonly used growth hormone, rBST. We won’t name names, but we’d never touch that neon yellow mac ‘n cheese if you paid us.  

 

For those nights when you don’t have an ounce of motivation to cook and need comfort food ASAP, try out this simple, foodie-approved mac ‘n cheese recipe. We served our bowls with a side salad to convince ourselves we’d officially balanced out the major carb overload.

 

Annie's Mac n Cheese recipe

 

Smoked Mozzarella Veggie Mac

 

Ingredients

1 box Annie’s Shells & Real Aged Cheddar

¼ cup unsweetened original almond milk

2 tbsp ghee

⅓ cup smoked mozzarella, diced

1 zucchini, sliced

1 heirloom tomato, diced

Pine nuts to garnish (optional)

Red chili flakes to garnish (optional)

 

Directions

  1. Prepare mac ‘n cheese as directed by package, using ghee and unsweetened original almond milk in place of butter and milk.
  2. Blanch or steam zucchini for five minutes.
  3. Slowly stir in smoked mozzarella in pieces until melted into pasta.
  4. Mix in zucchini and tomato; cover and simmer for five minutes.
  5. Serve, topping with pine nuts and red chili flakes to your liking.
  6. ENJOY!

 

Annie's Mac n Cheese recipe

We’ve Got Breakfast in the Bag

annie's homegrown yogurt tubes

We don’t know about you, but we find ourselves continuously uninspired by typical breakfast choices. When we’re rushing out the door before a full day of work, we tend to scramble to pour a bowl of bland cereal or shove a cardboard-like granola bar into our bag that inevitably doesn’t get eaten for weeks. Taking into account the belief that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, we have been trying to make it less of a chore and instead think of it as the first step in ensuring we are getting a healthy start to the day.

When there is time to spare, we love a big breakfast bowl filled with lots of nourishing goodies. Our latest favorite is a combination of Annie’s Homegrown Whole Milk Yogurt, a chopped up Peanut Butter Perfect Bar for some added antioxidants, fresh seasonal fruit and a drizzle of honey. Delicious, and totally Insta-worthy.

annie's homegrown yogurt tubes

Most people don’t think of pancakes as an easy weekday meal. We didn’t either, until we found Birch Benders’ just-add-water, all natural mixes. So easy, they can be whipped up before we even have our morning coffee. We are currently loving their fall flavors Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Spice, but year-round we default to the Protein and Paleo varieties.

birch benders pancakes

For those of us who can barely fathom making a big breakfast before 10:00 a.m., Purely Elizabeth’s Ancient Grains Granolas are a staple in our office during the early hours. It’s as easy as pouring in a bowl, adding your favorite yogurt/milk/dairy alternative, and topping it off with some nut butter and fresh berries – or enjoying it plain.

purely elizabeth granola bowl

And of course, some days it’s just a struggle to eat anything before work, let alone a nutritious breakfast, which is where Suja’s Organic Juices become a total lifesaver. We’re currently coveting the limited edition Midnight Tonic, Suja’s newest cold-pressed juice with activated charcoal – a natural detoxifier that helps combat nausea.

suja midnight tonic

We are always looking for the best grab and go snacks that don’t sacrifice flavor or nutrition. What are your quick and healthy breakfast go-to’s?