So it’s only afternoon here but how many people are already thinking about what they should be making for dinner? Ok now how many of you just decided on fast food, a box meal, or a frozen dinner or pizza? Why not, those are all convenient, some of them are pretty good, and let’s be honest our kids are not gonna whine over them, right? So again I say “Why not?”
Why not, all those things seem like quick satisfying choices but what’s the truth behind those prepackaged meals or that fast food? ……… they are all hiding something, whether it be hidden sugars or extra sodium, Trans fats or any of the jargon they are all containing some really unhealthy things.
One of my families favorite boxed meals was Hamburger Helper Beef Stroganoff, we all loved it and I threw some hot sauce on it cause I thought it added some great flavor but when I started looking at what was in my food I was quite surprised, One serving of Hamburger Helper Beef Stroganoff has 320 calories and a serving is cup, but also in that cup is 860mg of sodium. Ok let’s be honest you never have JUST ONE serving and you certainly don’t measure out a cup, so being honest lets double that sodium number now you are at 1720mg of sodium, the normal daily intake of sodium for the average person (If such thing exists) is so you have now just consumed over half of your daily sodium YIKES
The more you look into your packaged foods the more you find they have hidden a lot of stuff in there that is not so great for your health, So this is where we get to the “I Dare You” bit, I challenge all of you to make ONE homemade meal that DOES NOT come from a box or processed foods, make your meal with better ingredients! I will also help you with this challenge I will give you a couple homemade recipes that most families eat, like mac n cheese! If you really get into this challenge take a picture of your lovely homemade meal and I will make sure to put it and the recipe you used (If you don’t mind sharing) up for everyone to see!
Alright everyone GOOD LUCK:D
Stove top mac and cheese
- 1 Small head of broccoli
- 5oz cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
- 1 (16oz) package whole wheat macaroni
- 1 ½ cups nonfat milk
- 1 ½ Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 4 tablespoons light cream cheese
- Rinse and chop broccoli
- Grate cheese
- In a microwave bowl add broccoli and just enough water to cover half way. Heat in microwave until bright green and tender, about 6-8minutes
- Cook pasta following package direction, drain and set aside. While pasta is cooking make cheese sauce
- In a small pot over medium heat, heat milk. When hot remove from heat cover to keep warm.
- In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour. Whisk with a fork, stirring constantly.
- Slowly add warm milk. Stir constantly with a rubber spatula, until sauce thickens. Sauce should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
- Stir in salt and black pepper. Add cream cheese, grated cheese, and broccoli. Stir until grated cheese is melted remove from heat.
- Add macaroni to cheese sauce. Stir to coat
- 1-1/2 lbs lean tri-tip sirlion steak, trimmed of all fat, cut in thin 1/4″ x 2″ strips
- olive oil cooking spray
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 10 oz of sliced mushrooms
- 1 can of Campbell’s tomato soup
- 1 cup of water
- 1 small fresh bay leaf
- 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
- 2/3 cup of light sour cream
- In a heavy saucepan, heat pan over high heat. When pan is hot, spray with oil and add steak. Brown meat until cooked. Remove meat from pan.
- Lower heat, melt butter, then add onions.
- Cook about 2-3 minutes until translucent, add garlic and mushrooms and sauté about 2-3 more minutes until cooked.
- Add a can of tomato soup, steak, water, bay leaf, and worcestershire sauce. Cover and cook on low about 40 minutes.
- Remove bay leaf and mix in sour cream.
- Serve over noodles or rice.