Begin by cooking your noodles thoroughly. It’s crucial to ensure they are cooked properly; otherwise, they may end up too crunchy. I put them in a microwave dish, cover the noodles with water and cook for 4 minutes. Take the noodles out and add in 1 to 2 cups of frozen vegetables.
If needed, add a small amount of water, then microwave for an additional 4 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
How to Prepare Your Cheese Sauce
To prevent the cheese sauce from being too runny, drain the liquid from the noodles and vegetables. Pour the cheese sauce mix into a cup and mix in 2 tablespoons of water. Stir until smooth, adding a bit more water if necessary – usually 3 tablespoons are sufficient. The noodles and vegetables will provide enough moisture to dilute the sauce further.
Gently combine the cheese sauce with the noodles and vegetables, and your lunch is ready. Prepare this in the morning or the night before, so all you need to do is reheat it before eat it.
Tips to Enhance the Flavor:
- Add a few extra spices like chili, taco seasoning or cumin.
- Instead of mixing water with the cheese sauce use broth.
- Try adding a few green onions or tomatoes.
- Add 2 oz of cooked ground beef for a hamburger helper style meal.
Adding noodles to your soup will thicken it up slightly. If you’re looking for a thinner broth, use the stovetop method and add extra liquid and spices to achieve your desired consistency.
If you intend to consume the soup immediately, heat it in the microwave for an additional minute. Alternatively, if you plan to eat it later, cover it and reheat it at lunchtime.
Mac and CheeseCourse: News
1 Package Ideal Protein Macaroni and Cheese
2 cups frozen broccoli or broccoli and cauliflower.
* Optional taco seasoning or chili powder
- Cover the noodles with water and microwave for 4 minutes.
- Add the frozen vegetables to the bowl of noodles and microwave for another 4 minutes (add water if needed)
- Mix 2 to 3 tablespoons of water in a cup with the cheese sauce package.
- Stir the cheese sauce until smooth.
- Combine the cheese sauce with the noodles and vegetables.
- Tip: if you made the dish too runny, microwave for another 30 – 60 seconds to thicken the sauce.