Green Chile Broccoli Mac & Cheese

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Some might say it’s a little sad… but I really do love mac & cheese. I used to be all about the boxed stuff, but within the last few years, I’ve really taken to finding some delicious and creative recipes that take mac & cheese to a whole ‘nother level.

Just to give you an idea of how good this mac and cheese is, I made this pan full on Monday night, it was gone by Wednesday at lunch. And there were only two of us eating it. It’s still mac and cheese so I won’t go promising that it’s completely healthy, but you can at least feel good about knowing exactly what you’re eating, which is something you can’t say about the boxed stuff.

 

Alright, you might be thinking, broccoli and cheese, I get that. But green chile? Let me back up. I’m from New Mexico, where we put green chile on everything. I’m not talking about chili you see at a cook off or chili peppers from the produce section, I’m talking about THE New Mexico state vegetable. It’s a type of pepper only grown in New Mexico because of the extreme dessert climate. It can be used similarly to jalapeños or more like a salsa that goes on top of different food. New Mexicans eat it on everything, from breakfast eggs to chicken enchiladas at dinner. I’ve had green chile mac and cheese many a time at a local restaurant.

The broccoli, green chile, and bread crumb topping add so much complexity to a relatively simple dish! Each bite has a totally different consistency, based on whichever combination of ingredients you get. Green chiles are known to be spicy, although I didn’t find the canned green chiles to be spicy at all. If you aren’t crazy about spice, you might skip the green chiles. But if you love it, I might recommend two cans of the chiles, so there is enough for the whole dish.

Croque-Monsieur

Croque-Monsieur

My husband and I are big sandwich people, especially when cheese is involved! We love having grilled cheese and soup for dinner this time of year. Although it is starting to get really warm here in AZ, we like to pretend it’s cold inside.

I had my first Croque-Monsieur about a year ago at a cafe for lunch one day and I couldn’t believe it took me so long to discover this amazing sandwich. A Croque-Monsieur is a French grilled cheese sandwich made with ham and Gruyere cheese, but my favorite part? The Béchamel sauce on top! It makes the sandwich so creamy! This is a sandwich that you can make for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Serve it next to a light salad or a bowl of soup and call it a day! It’s easy to make, but it looks so much fancier than your typical grilled cheese.

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Strawberries and Cream Cookies

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I’m a sucker for something cute.

I melt when I see puppies, or babies, or really adorable shoes.  Robb says I think anything small is cute, and that’s kind of true.  Small animals are just cuter.

Except baby swans.  There’s a reason those things are called ugly ducklings.

It’s almost Valentines Day, so the possibilities for cuteness are seriously exponential.  Just think about it… homemade valentines, heart shaped dishes, candlelight dinners… cuuuuute.

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Valentine’s Day Sangria

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xoxo kids, it’s almost that time of year again. The pressure of creating the perfect Valentine’s Day date is upon us. We got your back. This easy recipe will make you look like a rockstar without breaking the bank. Whip up a pitcher of Valentine’s Day Sangria and order in. That’s actually a perfect night for me, any night.

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