Hello! And welcome to the first post in the Cowgirl Runs 2015 Mac & Cheese challenge.
Throughout 2015 I’ll be making every mac & cheese recipe from the Buzzfeed article 21 Mac & Cheeses That Are Better Than A Boyfriend. The plan is to make one dish every other week, so that should take me the majority of the year to make and eat them. I’ll report back with the ease of making the recipe, the taste and whether or not it truly is better than a boyfriend.
Hold on to your hats, things are about to get cheesy! 😉
I’m starting things off like a rebel as my first recipe is not the first recipe in the post. I’m making Stovetop Avocado Mac & Cheese from Two Peas & Their Pod.
I think I mentioned that I’ve been feeling under the weather this week? Maybe just once or twice?
After napping the day away on Monday, I decided to make myself some comfort food. When I’m sick I most certainly gravitate toward comfort food and most of the time it’s not overly healthy. KD is definitely a sick (or hangover) staple in my house.
I decided to attempt to make something somewhat healthy this time so avocado mac and cheese seemed to fit the bill.
I made it per the recipe linked above with a few minor tweaks.
Instead of dirtying a bunch of pots (one for pasta, one for cheese sauce, one for mixing) I made the cheese sauce in the pasta pot after draining the pasta and then dumped in the pasta and avocado mixture and stirred it all up.
I somehow didn’t have garlic in my how (whaaaaat?!) so I made the avocado sauce without garlic and didnt’ feel like it was lacking, but garlic would definitely be a good addition.
I also didn’t have pepper jack cheese, so I used Monterey Jack and added red pepper flakes in the cheese sauce for some kick – definitely a good call.
Now, let’s get to analyzing – is this better than a boyfriend?
I’m going to deduct some points because my hypothetical boyfriend would have made the mac and cheese for me, and I had to make it myself.
But, it was extremely comforting. Not quite the same as a snuggle, but it did make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Now, let’s finalize the boyfriend scale (1 – boyfriend wins; 10 – mac and cheese wins):
1 – boyfriend wins hands down, this dish was insulting
2 – boyfriend, definitely, dish was lacking
3 – boyfriend definitely has more “zing” than the pasta
4 – pretty close, but boyfriend edges out the pasta
5 – neutral, not better, not worse, either or would work in this scenario
6 – listens to my problems, doesn’t interrupt, but is probably also thinking about sports
7 – listens to my problems and isn’t thinking about sports
8 – listens to my problems, while cuddling, might rub feet if asked
9 – listens to my problems, cuddles and rubs my feet
10 – listens to my problems, rubs my feet, and lets me watch chick flicks without complaining
Ease to make: easy, all you need is one pot and a blender or food processor
Taste: delish! Way better than I expected
Better than a boyfriend: I’m going to give this one a 7. It was comforting and healthy, a good balance.
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What food have you found that’s better than a boyfriend?
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