Eating a sandwich for lunch day after day gets to be old. Sometimes, a person wants something hot. When it comes to school lunches, this usually means heading for the cafeteria lunch line.
Onceamonthmeals.com offers a different take on this. Why not prepare a nice, hot food ahead of time, freeze it in perfect sized portions and then microwave it for lunch during the week? Reheated portions can be packed in a leakproof food container that also retains heat; Thermos is one company that makes an excellent container for this. Children will be eating delicious, home cooked food that is hot and satisfying and Mom will save money on school lunches.
Macaroni and cheese is an all-time favorite. The following recipe might entice the grownups to start packing a lunch as well!
Thermos Mac and Cheese
1/2 lb. small pasta (e.g. macaroni, mini farfalle, etc.)
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. flour
1 1/2 c. milk (skim is okay_
2 tbsp. cream cheese
1 1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
In medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat until bubbly. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 - 2 minutes, whisking constantly until golden brown. Slowly whisk in milk until incorporated. Cook until thick, 1 - 2 minutes. Stir in cream cheese until melted. Remove from heat and stir in Cheddar, 1/2 c. at a time, mixing until melted.
Mix in pasta, and divide evenly into 6 freezer safe containers.
To serve: take out a serving and thaw. Remove top, reheat in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each, until heated through. Serve or place heated mac and cheese into Thermos and pack for lunch.
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