Cheese

Cheese is the best way to consume dairy. Versatile and complex, cheese is my favorite food.

Southwest Chicken Mac and Cheese

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Okay, just stick with me on this one.

In my late teens and early twenties, a lot of the food I ate came from cans and boxes, as I imagine most 20-somethings working shitty manufacturing jobs that paid enough to eat better than ramen noodle soup (those poor, lazy college kids). When I remembered, I'd pick up bags of frozen veggies, because I needed to offset the unhealthy with something resembling actual food. This healthy food I would, of course, offset with the cheapest macaroni and cheese I could find (no high-class Kraft Dinner for us, no sir).

As I imagine most of us have done at one time or another (I'm talking to you, KFC Famous Bowl), one day I got the fantastic idea to combine them, and my own personal Bachelor Chow (Now With Flavor) was born: Canned tuna, broccoli normandy, and macaroni and cheese.

This is not that recipe, but it belongs to the same dumb kid, 15 years later.

This recipe calls for a can, yes, of chicken. If you're not feeling that adventurous, or that lazy, you can boil and shred or pan-fry some chicken breast. The pan-fry method will probably result in the most flavor, especially when you get some nice browning.

Southwest Chicken Mac and Cheese

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Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Carbonara

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Tonight I made Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Carbonara from closetcooking.

I'm trying to get more vegetables in my diet. So adding mushrooms and cauliflower to a classic carbonara, instead of the Italian sausage, sounded like a good idea.

And it was! It turned out really well, and came together easily, though roasting the vegetables does make the whole thing take about 20-30 minutes.

This is making me curious: What other vegetables can I add to carbonera? Asparagus perhaps? Broccoli maybe? I'm definitely going to need to experiment here!

Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Carbonara in a bowl

Spinach and Mushroom Alfredo

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Before I could post the chicken broccoli alfredo recipe, I needed to try it again with the right portions of cheese. I didn't feel like cooking meat, so instead I tried spinach and mushrooms, despite my previous experience with spinach, in bacon and spinach pasta with parmesan being less than satisfactory.

The end result was I finally made a spinach dish that I liked. And I made a mushroom alfredo that wasn't just "mushroom gravy with cheese". And they both happened at the same time!

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