Everyday Mom's Meals: A Little Boxed Help

Friday, January 9, 2015

A Little Boxed Help

Has your life slowed down some since the holiday rush is behind us? If so...lucky you! Because ours seem to be just as busy, and I don't see any end in sight. So much to do, so little time. It seems this is just the way of life these days, and if you're like me, you need any help you can get to save some time, even if it's just a few minutes here and there.

Now, if you are a purest, and don't use any boxed or convenience foods in your cooking, I can respect that, but please don't send any hate mail because I do. Believe me, there are many out there like me, Some might not have the courage to admit it, because they don't want to be judged or ridiculed, but they are out there, crouching in the corners, with their cans of condensed soup and prepackaged rice mixes. And today is liberation day. Today is the day we all stand united and say "Yes, we take a little help from the store, where we can, and we won't apologize for it. We won't feel guilty anymore."

When a friend gave me this recipe I will admit I was a little hesitant. Not because it uses the boxed mix, but because I just couldn't believe adding just a couple extra ingredients could really make that big of a difference. Well, was I ever wrong! Because oh, they do!

Want some comfort food in almost no time at all? This is it! This tastes like the mac n cheese grandma used to take hours to make, but you can have the family flocking to the table to gobble it down in about 45 minutes! It's crazy good and it's going to be one of those dishes they ask for again and again!

Don't feel bad if you are willing to take some help when you can. We are all struggling to just get through the day, with only 24 hours, and still put a meal on the table at the end of it. And believe me, unless someone sees the blue box sitting on the counter, they are never going to guess it's in there!

Double Cheese Mac n Cheese 
1 (14 oz.) box Kraft Deluxe mac n cheese
1/2 c. sour cream
1 c. finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 375. Grease a 8 x 8 baking dish. Prepare boxed mac n cheese according to package directions. Add sour cream and 1/2 c. cheese. Stir well until blended. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to baking dish. Sprinkle with rest of cheese. Bake for 20 minutes until heated through and golden on top. 

Shared on The Country Cook Jan. 9, 2015

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