I subscribe to the “Food & Family” Magazine that Kraft Foods produces and they have a recipe called ‘The Cheesiest Cheeseburger Mac‘ that is the basis for my cheeseburger mac. I made a few changes to the original recipe, of course. For starters, I prefer Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese, instead of the macaroni & cheese dinner. Also, I use less beef than the original recipe calls for, it was a little too beefy, and too dry, for me.
1 pkg. Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese
1/2 lb cooked ground beef
2 slices American Cheese
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tbsp. mustard
Prepare the macaroni & cheese according the package directions. Add the cooked ground beef, American cheese, ketchup, and mustard. Cook and stir until heated through. The dish smells like a cheeseburger! My kids love to add more ketchup to the Cheeseburger Mac before they eat it.
This is one of those quick and easy dishes that any mom can make, and it is a great hit with the kids!
There are days when I would love to exercise my gourmet chops, and then there are days when I just need food on the table…NOW! These are the days when I have been up since 5 am, worked all day, and when I get home, I have less than an hour to get dinner and help with homework, before dashing back out to cheer practice or a cub scout meeting. Sometimes on those days, if I do not already have a meat pre-cooked, waiting for me at home, I will dash into the grocery store and pick up a rotisserie chicken. In the past, I would just grab some packaged mashed potatoes and a jar gravy…voilà, dinner! Unfortunately, the kids have gotten bored with my go-to meal, and my youngest recently declared that he no longer like mashed potatoes…ugh. Time to find a new twist on my old standby, and I did. I discovered ‘BBQ Chicken Mac’.
I make a dish called ‘Cheeseburger Mac’, so ‘BBQ Chicken Mac’ peaked my interest and I gave it a shot. We loved it and the dish could not be simpler to make.
BBQ Chicken Mac
1 pkg. macaroni & cheese
2 cups diced cooked chicken or shredded rotisserie chicken
1/3 cup – 1/2 cup barbecue sauce (I like honey bbq)
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used pizza blend)
1 tsp. pepper
Prepare the macaroni & cheese according the package directions. Add the shredded cheese, 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, and pepper. Cook and stir until heated through. Toss the cooked chicken with the remaining barbecue sauce and place on top of macaroni. Serve with vegetable of your choice, or a tossed salad.
My younger two kids initially did not want to try my BBQ Chicken Mac, opting instead to just have macaroni and cheese with the chicken separately. After seeing their older brother and me eat, they decided to try it and they both loved it! My daughter had a helping of BBQ Chicken Mac for seconds.