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Old 03-03-2007, 12:09 PM   #1
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Things you can do with the "Blue Box"

We all like homemade mac and cheese best, but the Kraft "Blue Box" is cheap, convenient, and...let's face it...loved by kids and some husbands.
Recently, DH came home from the store with an 8-pak of the boxes. I had asked for Easy Mac, a micro-wave version in single serving packets that I eat for lunch sometimes, but he thought it rather pricey, and was proud of the bargain he'd gotten.
So, I thought I'd mention some things you can do with the ubiquitous "Blue Box".
Chop up hot dogs and add to pasta the last 5 minutes of cooking. My grandson loves this for lunch.

Add frozen peas to cook in with the macaroni, then add a can of drained tuna after macaroni is done and drained.

And what we did last night...add fresh broccoli florets to cook in with pasta. It made a quick, tasty side dish...great with BBQ chicken.

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Old 03-03-2007, 12:15 PM   #2
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My 26 yr. old son loves that little blue box - thanks for all the tips !
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Old 03-03-2007, 12:20 PM   #3
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I like to drain a can of diced tomatoes and add them to the finished macaroni and cheese. Then heat through.

Another good thing to do is to toast some chopped walnuts and add them, along with some crumbled blue cheese, to the finished macaroni and cheese. Again, heat through. This dresses it up a bit.
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I like peas and diced ham in mine, then top with bread crumbs and brown off till nice and crispy on top.
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Old 03-03-2007, 02:28 PM   #5
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Believe it or not have never had the boxed M&C.

That being said, as an obvious ET, just a couple of ideas.

As I understand it the box contains some elbow pasta and a packet of cheese seasoning.

How about reserving the macaroni and incorporating the packet into mashed potatoes?

Might need to add a bit more milk but it sounds like it might work.

Or scramble some eggs, toss in a bit of the flavor packet (and maybe a tad of milk) and make an omelet or scrambled eggs. Could add a bit of crumbled bacon or diced cooked kielbasa.

Course there is always the chili-mac.

Or maybe the packet could be incorporated into chili.

Just a few thoughts.
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Old 03-03-2007, 02:42 PM   #6
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Believe it or not have never had the boxed M&C.

That being said, as an obvious ET, just a couple of ideas.

As I understand it the box contains some elbow pasta and a packet of cheese seasoning.

How about reserving the macaroni and incorporating the packet into mashed potatoes?

Might need to add a bit more milk but it sounds like it might work.

Or scramble some eggs, toss in a bit of the flavor packet (and maybe a tad of milk) and make an omelet or scrambled eggs. Could add a bit of crumbled bacon or diced cooked kielbasa.

Course there is always the chili-mac.

Or maybe the packet could be incorporated into chili.

Just a few thoughts.
We call that "Robbing the Box". After a while, you have a lot of macaroni. It is not a heavy product and doesn't far well in other dishes. I mostly donate it for the colored macaroni projects. It cannot be colored very well but helps to make a pretty designed when used as a spacer.
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Old 03-03-2007, 04:28 PM   #7
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Connie, you just reminded me -- I have s blue rectangular (sideways) box of the rotini w white cheddar and Broc in the pantry for about a year I've made a faux pastitsio. (You may need two boxes of yours.)

Prepare your mac n cheese. Set aside.

Saute ground beef & onions, drain fat - sprinkle mixture w cinnamon; then mix in about 1-2 tbl tomato paste. (Add raisins, if you like.)

In a large rectangular pyrex dish, layer 1/2 of the cooked mac n cheese, then the cooked ground beef mixture, then the mac n cheese. Sprinkle nutmeg over the top, cover with foil, bake at 350 for about 45 minutes - or till heated through. After you remove it from the oven, let it rest a few minutes before slicing into squares.
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Old 03-03-2007, 06:31 PM   #8
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You all have some great ideas. Perhaps you're like me...we love to cook, but sometimes we just want something that tastes good, fast.
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Old 03-03-2007, 07:08 PM   #9
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I agree with you Constance. While I do like to make my own mac & cheese, sometimes the childhood comfort of that "blue box" is what I crave.

I've added broccoli florets like you, & have also added cooked ground turkey, peas, etc., for a more "complete" (lol) meal.

Served plain, it's my hands-down favorite side to another childhood comfort food of mine - breaded fish sticks!
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Old 03-03-2007, 07:40 PM   #10
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Served plain, it's my hands-down favorite side to another childhood comfort food of mine - breaded fish sticks!
I can't believe it, Breezy...I just bought some frozen, breaded fish fillets, thinking the same thing. DH just can't go the fish sticks since he read that they were made of "fish pieces".
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