This 30 minute skillet meal is the perfect fall comfort food – filled with pasta, cheese sauce, and so many great flavors, its something the whole family will love!
As long as I can remember, I have been a bit of a snob when it comes to food. I can’t help it though, I was raised in a family where nearly everyone cooked, and they did it well (except that one time my dad tried to make peanut soup and it was so terrible. But we won’t talk about that, right?). Looking back I know we didn’t have a whole lot of money, but the fact remained that dinner was important, and my brother and I grew up feeling like we ate like kings. I felt like every meal I ate should be as delicious and awesome as what my parents made at home.
Now that I am a mom, I am still really picky about the food that I eat, and what I feed my children as well. Because I want the best – I want it to be everything – delicious, nutritional, and neither overly complicated nor overly expensive.
For the most part we try really hard to eat a “clean” and “whole” diet. As a busy mom of two with a full schedule, and a husband that works a lot, its nearly impossible to stick to this. And, because, honestly, we also love to order pizza and eat at restaurants. Even though I work from home, I find that a 100% clean lifestyle is just completely unattainable. I mean, I LOVE cooking (obviously), but spending the entire day preparing, cooking, and cleaning up after meals AND snacks is not something I want to do. And packing a cooler of snacks to haul around with me everywhere? Yeah… that’s not going to happen…
There are times where I turn to conventional foods for convenience, but that doesn’t mean that I am not equally picky about what we buy. When we can, I prefer to buy organic, because I like knowing that there are no pesticides or no funky ingredients. I love that Annie’s Homegrown offers so many great food that we already love that are kid friendly, certified organic, ethically sourced, and totally affordable! As a mom, I love that I can buy an easy and affordable macaroni and cheese that actually tastes great, is affordable, and contains organic cheese from grass fed cows. It makes me happy that there are great choices out there, that a company is dedicated to making organic attainable for every body! Because everyone deserves to have great food!
This easy skillet meal is fast becoming a favorite at our house. I am kind of ashamed to admit how many boxes of Annie’s Homegrown Mac and Cheese we go through each week, but my girls love it! Plus the fact that I know its made with ethically sourced ingredients and that they will eat it, I am totally willing to give in to their “more mac please” demands. But because there are only so many times in a week you can eat plain macaroni and cheese, I have started doctoring the boxes up a little. Adding in some meat, veggies and spices is all it takes to turn this into a whole new meal that is fun and tasty, and yet still familiar enough that the kids will eat it.
In just 30 minutes, and with only one skillet, you can combine macaroni and cheese and the taste of an awesome cheeseburger into one awesome meal. Its so cheesy, has so much awesome flavor, and is so easy to make that its quickly becoming our family’s favorite meal. Its definitely comfort food! And my husband and I love it just as much as our girls do!
I love that Annie’s Homegrown doesn’t just make organic food – they make food that we already love organic! Watch this awesome video on how Annie’s is working to make awesome organic food for everybody – plus find more awesome recipes!
Jenni lives in Des Moines, Iowa with her amazing husband, two girls, two dogs who think they are children, and a feisty cat. She is the creator of The Gingered Whisk, a recipe blog dedicated to finding easy, healthy-ish, and tasty weeknight meals that kids and adults alike will love. She is super passionate about helping every member of a family learn to love great food. When not cooking, eating, or thinking about food, she is often hiking around area parks, creating intricate legos castles with her girls, watching nerdy tv with her husband, or curled up in a corner somewhere reading a good book.