It’s no secret that if I am going to cook something, it needs to be easy. As in, no weird meat to deal with, no complicated baking, no crazy ingredients I can’t pronounce. With my limited cooking skills, I need recipes that are straight-forward. And delicious. They must be delicious. I have two small (“small” = picky) kids that I need to feed, and since I started meal planning a month ago, we’re no longer serving up different meals for each kid. I am always on the lookout for something easy that the whole family will devour.
Last week, I asked Jack if he had any special requests for this week’s menu. “Yes,” he said. “I want macaroni and cheese pie with bacon in it!”
Umm, okay. I mean…it sounds delicious, actually, but…not a lot of macaroni and cheese and bacon pies out there that I’m aware of.
So, I decided to do my best, and to create a Bacon Mac & Cheese casserole using Country Crock.
I’m a huge casserole fan. They are easy to make (you can prep them in the morning or during nap time and stick in the fridge whenever you’re ready to cook them), they make great leftovers, and they are delicious – the perfect comfort food for a cool day (not that it’s cool in Texas yet, but, someday soon…hopefully…).
For a beginner cook, I think I did a pretty good job.
Because I truly am just learning to cook, I’m still very nervous and unsure of myself. The kitchen is like a foreign country to me (well, a foreign country that I know very well because I clean it all the time, but you know what I mean), and until this week, I hadn’t dared to come up with my own recipe.
I went to the Country Crock website to see if they had any casserole recipes that might inspire me, and indeed, they did. I found this Chicken and Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole recipe (if you are looking for a healthy casserole recipe, you’ll want to check it out!), decided I wanted to add an egg to mine (thanks, Google, for confirming that you can add an egg to Mac & Cheese!), and got after it.
Let me be honest – I was not trying to create a healthy meal here. I was trying to be an awesome mom and create a Bacon Mac & Cheese pie (or something like it) for my kid. But when you cook with Country Crock, you cut calories and fat by default. You can’t taste the difference…but you’re making a healthy change to your diet!
Country Crock Spread has: NO trans fat per serving, no partially hydrogenated oils, no cholesterol, 70% less fat than butter per serving, and 30% fewer calories per serving than butter. I had never even thought to try cooking with Country Crock before, but now that I am aware of the health benefits, I’ll be sure to use it again in the future.
Besides – all those calories I saved meant I could have an extra serving of bacon mac and cheese, right? COUNTRY CROCK FOR THE WIN.
If you’re a fan of macaroni and cheese – and BACON – this is for you! Here is my Bacon Mac & Cheese recipe. Enjoy!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.