Today is "Fast, Easy & Frugal"-- and by easy, I mean head-slappingly "holy crap! I should've thought of it ages ago" easy.
My boys LOVE mac & cheese. LOOOOVE it. I have yet to find a recipe for homemade, without Velveeta, mac & cheese that doesn't turn out gritty and "off" tasting, so until I do, boxed mac & cheese it is.
Don't judge me, Judgy. It is Annie's Organic Deluxe Mac & Cheese. The organic deluxe part proves I'm a mom who cares. It is ORGANIC. It is DELUXE. It shows I only want the best for my bambinos. (Don't you dare tell me "organic crap is still crap!" I will not have it!).
The deluxe style mac & cheese comes with that sauce pouch, so you don't have to waste time mixing milk and butter into electric orange "cheese" powder, but the sauce to noodle ratio always seemed to be off. Too much cheese, too little mac. We have solved this problem, and made one pricey box of organic deluxe mac & cheese stretch by adding more plain noodles-- today it was an entire 10 oz box of whole grain animal shaped pasta. By adding more noodles, we get about twice the amount of mac & cheese per box, but don't sacrifice on taste. There is more than enough cheese coverage. And the added noodles mean the mac & cheese lasts for at least a week of little boy lunches.
And that, my friends, is my Fast, Easy & Frugal tip for the day. Enjoy!