Homemade Pepperjack Mac

What’s better than a heaping bowl of your favorite comfort food after a longgggg day of classes?  That’s right, NOTHING is better than indulging in some delicious mac and cheese to make you feel at home.  This recipe definitely gives your traditional mac and cheese a fun and easy twist.  I am a huge fan of spicy foods, so I threw a bit of pepperjack cheese into this dish to kick it up a notch.  This is sure to be a recipe that you and all of your housemates will enjoy.  Let’s get started…

Ingredients: (remember, all amounts depend on how many mouths you are feeding)

  •  1 box of Pasta (I prefer Cavatappi because it holds onto the cheese so much better)
  • Pepperjack cheese
  • Velveeta cheese
  • Rotisserie Chicken (or cooked chicken breast)
  • Bread crumbs
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Milk
  • Salt

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grab a decent size pot and get some water boiling with a pinch of salt.  While your pasta is cooking in the boiling water, begin slicing your pepperjack and velveeta cheese into small cubes (enough to cover the pasta evenly).  I prefer putting a tad more pepperjack than velveeta personally, but it’s all up to you.  Also, you can begin to shred up your chicken.  When your pasta is cooked and strained, begin to melt your cheese in the same pot, slowly adding milk as needed.  Add your pasta to the pot.  Stir until evenly coated (will be very thick) and add more cheese and milk to your liking.  Mix in your shredded chicken.  Spread into a baking dish and coat the top with bread crumbs and grated parmesan cheese.  Pop into the oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until the cheese begins to bubble on the sides.  Pull the dish out of the oven and let cool until the mac lowers to a temp that won’t burn your mouth!  Scoop into some bowls and enjoy!

I LOVE adding just a touch of Frank’s hot sauce to give my pepperjack mac a tad more of a kick. 🙂  This is a fun, cheap, and easy recipe that will be sure to wow your friends.  Mac and cheese ALWAYS has a way of making my stomach smile and I hope this recipe will do the same for you!  Don’t be afraid to spice things up a bit.

P.S. if you ever have any leftovers (which you most likely won’t because it’s so delicious, you won’t be able to stop eating), just add a touch of milk and pop it in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds.  It’ll come out just as yummy as it was when you first made it.

 

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Baked Kale Chips

What’s a delicious and surprisingly healthy snack you ask?  Why Kale Chips of course!  I know what you’re all thinking.. “ewwwww kale, healthy, gross”… NO!  I thought the exact same thing the first time my roommate introduced me to this recipe, but boy it sure is easy and scrumptious.  The best part about this recipe, besides the obvious fact that it is yummy in the tummy, is that it leaves you feeling great.  Although we all love those greasy, fried potato chips, these kale chips are a wonderful substitute that leave you equally satisfied.

Alright, so I started out by grabbing a 16 oz. bag of chopped kale for only $2.88 at Walmart.  See, I told you my recipes were going to be easy and affordable.  The only other ingredients you will need for this recipe are olive oil and salt.

Ingredients:

  • Chopped kale (amount is determined by how hungry you are, but I always prefer the BIG bag)
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt

Directions:

First, you’re going to want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Now depending on how much kale you purchased, grab either one or two cookie/baking sheets.  Evenly distribute the kale on the baking sheets, tearing apart the large pieces.  Drizzle the olive oil over the kale until evenly coated.  Using your hands or a kitchen utensil (such as tongs), toss the kale in the olive oil to ensure that each piece is covered.  Next, liberally sprinkle salt over the kale (the more the better!).  Once seasoned, pop the pans in the oven.

Online, many recipes will recommend that you bake the kale for up to 45 minutes; however, my ancient oven cooks in record time so it only takes about 15 minutes.  What I’m trying to say, is to make sure you keep an eye on these delicious greens to ensure that they don’t burn on you (it’s easier than you think).  I recommend tossing them around every 5 minutes or so.  As soon as they start to wilt down and crisp up, they are 100% ready for you to enjoy.  Throw these guys in a bowl or eat them right off the pan, either way they are fantastic and you won’t be able to stop eating… but don’t worry, they’re very good for you.

I hope you enjoy this quick, easy, and affordable recipe.  I’ve got a bowl of kale chips right next to me that I cannot wait to dive into!

 

Introduction to The College Foodie Guide

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to The College Foodie Guide.  The intention of this blog is to spice up your everyday college cuisine.  No more boring ramen noodles or mac and cheese, it is time to venture outside of your comfort zone and start preparing you and your housemates simple, fast, and delicious dishes that will make your tummies smile.  Don’t be afraid!  I’ll give you step by step instructions on how YOU can produce these fun and yummy meals without breaking the bank.  We all understand how difficult it is to be a gourmet chef while on a college student budget.

Throughout this blog, I am going to focus on quick and easy recipes that are bound to impress your friends.  No one said you needed 100 ingredients and years of skills to create something delicious.  All of the ingredients I utilize within these recipes are NOT out of the box.  You can find all of them conveniently at locations close to you that are quite affordable, such as Aldis and Walmart.  My goal is to help you expand your horizons and begin to explore the wonderful world of food!

– Leah