This was the toughest winter since I moved to my small town, up here on the hill two miles from the ocean. It was freezing, windy, anything but comfortable. Over a four week period, we got more than 10 feet of snow. Every day, I’d bundle up, head outdoors and shovel for 2-3 hours. Good exercise, but it got old, let me tell you!
Once I finished shoveling for the day, usually well after the sun set, I’d come in from the dark and cold and think about dinner. What could I do to thaw myself out? What could I eat that would make me feel warm and comfy that wouldn’t take forever to prepare?
I don’t know about you, but mac & cheese is one of my absolute favorite comfort foods. If I want to warm up fast, satisfy my hunger, and most important, feel cozy and comforted, I choose mac & cheese. From time to time, I’ll make it from scratch. But truth be told, that takes more than an hour! If I’m freezing from hours of work outdoors, I want the taste and goodness of homemade without the effort of homemade. Enter Stouffer’s. I keep Stouffer’s entrees and sides on hand for those times.
Stouffer’s recently introduced two new flavors to their mac & cheese singles lineup:
- Garlic Parmesan
- White Cheddar
and two more are on their way:
- Buffalo Blue Cheese
- Pepperoni Pizza.
I found the two that are out now – Garlic Parmesan and White Cheddar – in my local supermarket. They were in the Stouffer’s freezer section, and I scooped them right up! Dying to try all the new flavors.
Although it snowed just the other day (in April, can you believe it?), the snow is definitely on its way out, thank goodness!
So now that spring is officially here, am I done with comfort food? No way! Now I’m out in the chilly damp weather doing clean up to prepare for gardening!
Stouffer’s White Cheddar Mac & Cheese
After a few hours of raking the winter debris off the lawn, I came in and tried Stouffer’s White Cheddar Mac & Cheese. I am a serious fan of white cheddar cheese, so I was so excited to see this new one in the freezer case.
Sometimes I like to have a little crunch on my mac & cheese. So I grabbed the panko, melted a little butter in a pan (you can also do it in the microwave) and then added the panko so it gets a buttery, toasty, crunchy flavor.
When my White Cheddar Mac & Cheese came out of the MW, I couldn’t wait. I had to try some of it plain to get the real white cheddar, cheesy, gooey goodness!
Then, I added the panko to the top of the rest. CRUNCH! It was a major creamy YUM without it, and absolute heaven with it! After working up an appetite, I ate my Stouffer’s White Cheddar Mac & Cheese as a side dish along with a small chicken, artichoke & olive sausage and sautéed onions. Indescribably delicious. Just the thing to get me into my comfort zone!
Stoufffer’s Garlic Parmesan Mac & Cheese
A couple of days later, I went for the Garlic Parmesan Mac & Cheese. Garlic + Parmesan + Creamy pasta = LOVE.
The Garlic Parmesan has just the right amount of garlic, enough for some zing, not so much that I had garlic breath. Perfect. The parmesan made for a light cheesy, creamy sauce. Plus parmesan was also added to the breadcrumbs along with herbs for a flavorful topping.
This time, I paired the Garlic Parmesan Mac & Cheese with a salad with olive oil and fig balsamic vinegar for an easy but satisfying Italian-style meal. Mmmmm.
I love Stouffer’s mac & cheese. It’s natural, made with great real ingredients, and it doesn’t have preservatives. I like knowing that. And now with yummy new varieties, woo hoo!
Have you seen the new Stouffer’s mac & cheese varieties in your supermarket freezer case yet? Have you tried ’em yet? You can check out more info about them here on the Stouffer’s website: http://bit.ly/1BUHCsM. Let me know which one is calling you!
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