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Baked Mac & Cheese

Hey everyone! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving last week and gobbled til they wobbled! Today, I will be sharing my recipe on baked mac and cheese which I indeed made for last weeks holiday. You can actually even call this a one pot wonder. It takes no time at all, easy to bake, and so delicious to eat for a large gathering or even great for leftovers. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter
  • 3 blocks (8 ounces each) sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 pounds elbow macaroni
  • 4 or 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • bread crumbs

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9×13 baking dish.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente and drain then set aside.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, cut the cheddar into small cubes.FullSizeRender-17.jpg
  4. Melt the butter in a large skillet, over low heat. Add the cubed cheddar and melt until creamy, stirring constantly. This will take about 10 minutes.FullSizeRender-20.jpgFullSizeRender-21.jpg
  5. Add the egg and stir until egg is mixed into the cheese.
  6. Add pasta to skillet and stir until combined. Stir in the milk and cream cheese, until cream cheese has melted into the pasta.FullSizeRender-18.jpg
  7. Add half of the pasta mixture to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and top with some bread crumbs.FullSizeRender-24.jpg
  8. Add the remaining half of the pasta, followed by more bread crumbs.FullSizeRender-23.jpg
  9. Bake for 35 minutes and then broil on low for 5 minutes.
  10. Plate and serve!FullSizeRender-29.jpgFullSizeRender-27.jpgFullSizeRender-26.jpg

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This serves about 8 people.
  • Melting the cheddar requires a lot of arm strength and patience. Don’t worry- this recipe is totally worth it!
  • You can add whichever cream cheese flavor- I added jalapeño.
  • You can even top with onions, bacon, mushrooms, etc!

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Crazy Richards Peanut Butter

Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter allows you to get a healthy source of peanuts but at the same time, still satisfy that creamy peanut butter craving!

Why Peanut Powder? Peanuts, no matter their form, offer a variety of health benefits including being a great source of energy, rich in vitamins like niacin and vitamin E, protein, fiber and manganese. Due to their higher energy content, you need less to feel full and satisfied.FullSizeRender-9.jpg

One form of peanuts, peanut powder, is made by pressing the peanuts to remove naturally occurring oils. The result is a powder containing a higher protein to fat ratio (6g protein to 1.5g   fat) as well as fiber and other nutrients that make peanuts so nutritious. It’s important to choose peanut powders without the fillers, such as added sugars or flavors to ensure you are consuming a quality product. Unlike many other popular brands of peanut powders, Crazy Richard’s keeps it simple by using only 1 ingredient—peanuts!

Press about 90% of the oil out of their single ingredient creamy peanut butter and what do you get? Pure PB; a super versatile pure peanut powder that lets you add the flavor and protein from the peanut to anything from baking to shakes. Now in a portable single serve for on the go.FullSizeRender-18.jpg

Check out the links below to get your Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter.

https://www.crazyrichards.com

https://www.instagram.com/crazyrichardspb/

https://www.facebook.com/crazyrichards/

 

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-Mitz

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Apple Pie Bread

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! I hope everyone (and their stomachs) are ready for round 1 of the holidays. Today, I will be sharing Apple Pie Bread. I don’t know whats better than having something that tastes like Apple Pie but literally takes no time at all. This is great for the upcoming awaited Thanksgiving dinner. It can be served alongside the main course or as dessert. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups of All Purpose Flour
  • Pinch of Baking Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, softened at room temperature
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2/3 cup of Milk (you might need a bit more if the mixture is too thick)
  • Dash of Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Medium Apples

Directions:

1) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan with some non-stick spray and set aside.

2) In a small bowl, whisk the sugar, vanilla extract, butter, and eggs.FullSizeRender-2.jpg

3) Add the milk, salt, baking powder, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg until it forms a batter.FullSizeRender-3.jpg

4) Dice the apples into small bite sized cubes.FullSizeRender-1.jpg

5) Pour half of the batter in your prepared pan, then spoon half of the apples (push them in the batter a bit) followed by the remaining batter. Top the remaining apples.FullSizeRender-4.jpgFullSizeRender-6.jpgFullSizeRender-5.jpg

6) Bake for about 50 minutes to an hour. Let cool

7) Plate and serve!FullSizeRender-10.jpgFullSizeRender-12.jpgFullSizeRender-11.jpg

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This serves about 5 people.
  • When dicing the apples, you can add apple butter to give it an extra flavor. If you do this, be sure to skip the cinnamon and nutmeg as apple butter is already very flavorful.
  • You can add a buttery strudel topping before baking it. Just dice some butter with two forks and brown sugar. Top over the topped apples and then pop it into the oven.

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Reboot your Gut with FreedomFoods US

It’s time to reboot your gut! Barley+ Cereal grains are the best way to start off your morning simultaneously rebooting your gut. Barley+ is the best cereal grain made with a unique Barley grain called Barley max. It’s made with soluble fiber, insoluble fiber, and resistant starch. Barley+ contains prebiotic dietary fiber to help feed the intestinal flora and has a low glycemic index.

Barley+ is a delicious range of nutritious breakfast Mueslis that contains a unique Australian Barley called BARLEYmax. BARLEYmax is a non-genetically engineered Australian super grain that contains prebiotic dietary fiber to help feed the good gut bacteria found in your stomach.IMG_3468.JPG

Soluble Fiber and Insoluble Fiber are 2 important types of fiber that can be found inside of our breakfast Mueslis. These, together with beneficial resistant starch, work to promote digestion and can get you on your way to feeling positively good! And it doesn’t stop there either… Not only does Barley+ include juicy Cranberry pieces and chunks of Almonds and Pecans, it also contains 60% of your daily values of fiber and whole grains and 7g of protein in every serve!

Click below to check out freedom food US and how to get Barley+ !

http://freedomfoodsus.com

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See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Delicious B. Doughnuts

Last week, I had the pleasure of trying out a new spot in Virginia called The Stand. The Stand is an expansive, colorful outdoor setting for everyone to enjoy the best new food trends the area has to offer. It’s super cute, super affordable, and super delicious! The Stand will not only serve a rotating menu of exciting foods from the hottest vendors around, but will also be a hub for social activities and community engagement.FullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender-7.jpg

For their grand opening, I was able to try B. Doughnuts. Oh my- It was a party in my mouth! All of the warm delicious flavors were amazing. Surprisingly, the doughnuts were not as sweet, which is what I love. All the flavors I tried were delicious! – Vanilla bean, Chocolate creme, Lemon curd, Triple berry creme, Glazed, and Everything bagel doughnut with chives. FullSizeRender-1.jpgFullSizeRender-3.jpg

The ingredients are fresh and free from preservatives. Their yeast-raised dough which takes over 12 hours to make is made from scratch.  Their jam is made of real fruits, whips made from premium heavy cream, custards made from real eggs.FullSizeRender-9.jpgFullSizeRender-4.jpg

Established in 2015. With their love of street food and sweets, founders Brian and Pin Chanthapanya wanted to bring Malasadas (Portuguese doughnut) to the East Coast, developing a recipe based off the Hawaiian style Malasada, they wanted to take a hawaiian staple and add their culinary influence growing up on the East Coast as Asian Pacific Americans. Instead of filling their doughnuts with custards and jellies, they decided to use pastry and chantilly cremes, as well as cream cheese based fillings mainly used in pastries In European bakeries.  They pioneered the Everything Bagel doughnut (some will contest this, they chuckle), their take on the New York Everything Bagel while running their Baltimore location which eventually relocated to Virginia.  The dough, glazes, and fillings were first developed in their garage when they were first doing local deliveries around Northern Virginia and today they operate a family-friendly shop in Downtown Historic Leesburg.

Check out the links below for more information on B. Doughnuts and The Stand!

http://www.bdoughnut.com

https://www.facebook.com/bdoughnut

https://www.instagram.com/b_doughnut/

http://thestandva.com

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See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz