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Rich Macaroni and Cheese

September 11, 2017
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Rich Macaroni and Cheese
WARNING: This is thick and creamy mac and cheese. I hope you enjoy this comfort food as much as I do. Serve it as a side at any occasion or make it your main dish. Enjoy!
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Ingredients
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook pasta as direction on package. Note: sprinkle some salt into the pot of water to flavor pasta. Cook pasta to preference. Drain and set aside.
  2. ...while pasta is cooking, make the bechamel sauce. In a medium pot, melt butter over medium heat.
  3. Sprinkle in flour. Whisk and allow mixture to lightly brown. About 1-2 minutes.
  4. Whisk in warm milk slowly. Continue whisking to avoid lumps. Allow to come to a bubble while mixture thickens. About 5-6 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle in cheese, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Add in more salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Fold in cooked pasta and serve while hot! .. If you want to bake the mac and cheese, preheat oven to 350 deg F and bake for 25-30 minutes or until top turns a golden brown. Enjoy!!!
Recipe Notes

Add in hot sauce for a kick!  Stir in steamed broccoli to make it healthy =)

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The Stopping GMO Challenge

September 5, 2017
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Food, Inc., Forks over Knives, What the Health, and GMO OMG… Have you been watching these documentaries about GMOs (genetically modified organisms)? Does it have you wondering? You are not the only one!

As a mom, I’m always worried about what I’m feeding my kiddo. Thinking about what I’m eating and not eating started when we first talked about getting pregnant. Take your prenatal pill, don’t eat certain fish, watch out for listeria, etc.

As a first time mom, I tried to cook as much of my daughter’s food as I could. I preferred that instead of buying processed foods. That took 2-3 hours each week! Mind you, I did cook most of the food because I enjoyed cooking it and some of the baby food tasted nasty! …yes, I did try all the foods my kid was eating. If I didn’t like it, why would she?

Now she’s almost 4 years old and all I hear about are the dangers of GMOs. GMOs causing cancer, GMOs causing heart issues, GMOs impacting out farmers, and so on. If GMOs are so bad, why would I want to give my daughter something I don’t know how it will impact her or my family? I am a true believer of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. GMOs don’t follow this basic principle.

According to published history, GMOs started back in 1994 (that we know of) and we do NOT know the full health impacts but I do know it’s NOT natural. Our crops are essentially becoming a pesticide and that’s what makes GMOs dangerous. Crops are killing weeds and insects that kill them.

To avoid finding out that the impact of GMOs on my family, I’m changing my entire blog to non-GMO friendly and more “vegan / vegetarian” recipes. No, I haven’t personally decided to go vegetarian or vegan but I am choosing to eliminate meats from our meal plans. I do commend you if you are vegan or vegetarian.

Either way, welcome to the newly updated Bella’s Apron blog. Support me while I buy and cook a more holistic / organic / non-GMO recipes, while I try to cut out the fast “mystery” processed foods, and support my local farmers markets. Give me some feedback! What are your thoughts on this topic? I’d love to hear back from you.

Chicken Lemon Rice

September 4, 2017

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Chicken Lemon Rice
Chicken lemon rice is an iconic comfort soup found at most coney islands or Greek restaurants.  It's the perfect soup for the days when you have a cold and/or need something warm and comforting. Fun fact, did you know the Greek name for this soup is Avgolemono meaning egg-lemon sauce?
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large soup pot, heat oil and toss in chopped onions. Cook about 5 minutes or until onions are translucent.
    In a large soup pot, heat oil and toss in chopped onions. Cook about 5 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  2. Add in broth, rice, and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes or until rice is cooked and tender.
    Add in broth, rice, and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes or until rice is cooked and tender.
  3. While rice is cooking, in a small bowl, beat the egg. Mix in lemon and lemon zest. Ladle some soup into the small bowl and stir well. Pour mixture into the pot and stir well. You will notice the soup will thicken. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add shredded chicken.
    Add shredded chicken.
  5. Add in parsley and stir in more salt, pepper, or lemon if desired. Serve while hot. Enjoy!
    Add in parsley and stir in more salt, pepper, or lemon if desired.

Serve while hot. Enjoy!
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