Micro-Mac&Cheese

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Now who doesn’t love mac & cheese? It’s simple and delicious, not to mention a childhood staple.  And you can make it entirely in a microwave. Late night dorm macaroni parties are a go. This recipe makes about 6 servings and uses about $2.45 in ingredients.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups macaroni
3 cups water
4 oz. cubed cheese, 1/2 a block
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk

  1. Combine the macaroni, water and salt in a 2 quart dish. Microwave covered and on high for 8-10 minutes, or until the noodles are slightly squishy to the touch. Be careful of the steam whenever you uncover it. Drain the leftover water. It’s alright if there is still a little bit of water left on the bottom.
  2. Add in the milk and cheese. Stir well then microwave on high in 4 minute intervals, stirring in between, until all the cheese is melted. Let it stand for a couple of minutes to thicken up.

Broccoli Soup

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The weather is still being weird and gloomy. It’s supposed to be in the mid-70’s already but only gets as high as 60°. Earlier this week, I battled a particularly nasty day with this super simple soup. It made 6 servings and uses about $1.80 worth of ingredients.

Ingredients

1 can cream of celery soup
2 cups broccoli, cooked/steamed
2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 1/2 cups water
1/3 cup shredded cheese
2/3 cup milk (optional)
black pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a 2.5 quart dish. Microwave covered and on high for 15-20 minutes. Let stand for at least 5 minutes. Mind the steam when you take the cover off.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadillas

There has been just one lonely sweet potato in my fridge for the past week or two. I really wanted to use the little guy, particularly before he started sprouting roots, but no ideas would come other than just mashing it and mixing it with some cinnamon and brown sugar- which would require more than one potato. Then lo and behold- I came across this recipe. I’ve made a few minor adjustments but it is close to the original. That and there ended up being 5 quesadillas instead of the expected 4.

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Ingredients

1 large sweet potato
1/3 cup frozen corn
1 15 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chili powder
10 8-inch tortillas, flour or corn
1/2 tsp brown sugar
sliced or shredded cheese

  1. Pierce the sweet potato, place it on a paper towel and microwave on high for 4-6 minutes. Be careful when taking it out because that thing will burn your fingers. Let it stay on the counter for around 5 minutes then put it in the freezer for around 3 minutes. Then peel it and place it in a bowl. Add the chili powder, salt, and brown sugar, and mash it all together.
  2. Microwave the frozen corn for 1-2 minutes in a small bowl or cup.
  3. Spread 1/4 cup of the sweet potato, 1/4 cup cup of black beans, and 1 tbsp of corn onto a tortilla. Add some cheese then top with the other tortilla. Cook each side in a pan for 3-4 minutes over medium heat. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

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