Mac & Cheese

Are you sick of eating boxed easy mac? Macaroni and cheese was one of my favorite meals when I was a child and now that I’m in college I always go to buy Kraft Easy Mac’s to make for my dinner. Surprisingly, I find that it’s a little cheaper to make from scratch for the mere fact that I can buy most of the ingredients in bulk, and it will last me for quite a while. Although it’s not the healthiest meal, most college students go straight for it because it’s so easy. Here is a great recipe for Macaroni and Cheese that is simple, and even affordable.

Macaroni & Cheese

Ingredients:

  • Macaroni
  • Cheese
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Plain flour

Directions:

  1. Boil some water and when the water is boiled put in the macaroni (how ever much of it that you want) and leave for 10 mins.
  2. While waiting for the water to boil/ macaroni to cook, in a pan melt a nob or two of butter.
  3. Add a splash or so of milk so that the melted butter and milk is nice and liquidy.
  4. Add some grated cheese, enough cheese that when it melts into the milk/butter consistency it gets quite thick.
  5. Add like a teaspoon or so of plain flour. Again just enough to make the mixture fairly thick.
  6. Have a little taste, add some more cheese if the mixture needs it to make it either more cheesey or thick. If you add too much then just add some more milk or butter. If its still not thick enough however just put in a little bit more flour. Basically add however much of everything to create the thickness/texture that you desire.
  7. When the pasta is done drain the water and mix in with the sauce.

Some people do enjoy baked mac and cheese so to do this put mac and cheese in an oven proof dish and bake until the top goes crispy brown.

Optional:

pepper (as in salt ‘n’ pepper) to calm the cheesey flavour.
Ketchup – cheese and tomato – the best ever combination.

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Yummy! Enjoy ūüôā

For more information on where I got this recipe and about it click here: http://studentrecipes.com/recipes/vegetarian/macaroni-cheese/

My Fridge Food

When I go grocery shopping, I usually buy the bare minimum of what I need. I never really think about what I’m going to make. I just think, as long as I’m getting protein and it fills me, it doesn’t matter! Plus, it saves me money when I don’t buy those extra things. This usually means I make a plain piece of meat with maybe a little pepper on it, and end up dipping it in balsamic¬†vinaigrette¬†so it’s not so dry… because let’s face it, I will always over cook my food. Today I was ¬†sick of doing the same old thing and decided to try out something new. I had heard about a website from my mom that could tell you recipes based off of what food you already had. It was perfect for a day like today! The website is: myfridgefood.com. It’s amazing. All you need to do is check off what items you already have, and click ‘find recipes’, and it gives you a whole bunch of recipes that you can make with these ingredients! Granted, most of the recipes that came up for me included one item that I didn’t have, but I borrowed the last item from my friend. I thought this recipe was perfect because it does ¬†not have a ton of different ingredients, it’s extremely easy to make, and it was delicious!

Check it out:

Easy Honey Pork (It even has easy in the recipe name!!)

Ingredients:

**Makes 4 servings**

  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless pork lion, pounded thin
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour for coating
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

1) In a shallow dish, mix together flour, salt and pepper. Dredge pork cutlets in the flour mixture.
2) In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add chops, and brown both sides. Transfer to a warm plate.
3) Mix honey and pecans into the pan drippings. Heat through, stirring constantly. Pour sauce over cutlets.

Simple as that!

Here’s a picture of mine when I was finished (sorry for the horrible quality picture!):

ImageSee more information about the recipe at : http://myfridgefood.com/viewrecipe.aspx?recipe=1016#sthash.zUTXI55L.dpuf

I finally know what it is like to be a broke and hungry college student.

Image¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Before I came to Ireland to study abroad, I had it quite good in my university at home. I had a dinning hall that was loaded with decent food, and plenty of on campus food places that included foods like sushi, create your own pasta dishes, panini’s and so on. The only thing I had to worry about was if I had enough dinning dollars on my card to eat for the whole semester, and if you plan out your meals right, you always did. So, I definitely understood the whole broke college student part, but I never had to worry about if I had enough money for food that week. Now that I’ve been at a university which does not have a typical meal plan, I completely understand. Not only do I have to worry about the money, I also have to worry about trying not to burn my kitchen down every time I attempt cooking. I’ve been doing good so far, but it has been hard! This blog is for all those college students looking for easy meals to make with a low-budget. Enjoy ūüôā