Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Kinda College Kid Dinner

I have a guilty pleasure:

boxed macaroni and cheese.

Horribly unhealthy, very calorie dense and low in nutrients... but soo tasty.

I do generally add some veggies to it, since eating an whole bowl of macaroni just doesn't really appeal to me, but lately I've been trying out a new "recipe"- Pumpkin Mac and Cheese.

What I added was:

1 box macaroni and cheese (I made it with nonfat soy milk, and some brommel and brown yogurt based margarine.)
1 can pumpkin
1 cup peas (frozen, defrosted)
1 cup carrots
2 cups Oriental Mixed veggies - broccoli, waterchestnut, peppers, snappeas etc.

The pumpkin added a very nice creaminess to it, and also it made me feel a little better about the fact that the mac and cheese was an unnatural orange color, since the pumpkin was orange. Adding the pumpkin and other veggies helps to add nutrients, fiber, and filling qualities, so that you don't eat quite as much mac and cheese!

It was especialy good with a bit of hot sauce on it for an added kick. and on the side I had a serving of Trader Joe's soy nuggets.

Macaroni and Cheese and Chicken Nuggets... kinda a college kid meal.


  1. you crack me up!
    my mother never let us eat kraft mac and cheese growing up-we had to live with annie's organic pseudo mac and cheese. so my sister and i used to get so excited when we went over to a friends house and they had the "real thing". then it would make me sick to my stomach. moral of the story- i do not have the some love for mac n cheese as you. but i am intrigued by your use of pumpkin!
    hope you had a lovely christmas!

  2. O, the fact that I am not morbidly obese with hypertension and high cholesterol is amazing -- my family grew up purely on processed foods. The fact that I can cook anything from scratch at all is thanks to nutrition club and culinary-savvy friends.
    my sister baked "funfetti" cupcakes for christmas and everyone was SO impressed by what an awesome baker she is lol