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Like most moms, I have a collection of recipes that are quick and easy to prepare. I save them for my busiest nights and keep the ingredients on hand just in case. You never know when something unexpected will come up like an emergency trip to the doctor’s office with your son.
Macaroni and Cheese Recipe With Sausage and Spinach
I really love cooking from scratch but there are nights that I need to take a few shortcuts to save my sanity and get everyone fed before 8:30 at night. On those nights, I rely on packaged foods as the base for my meal and add in fresh ingredients to make it a real homemade meal.
When Sarah was diagnosed as gluten intolerant, it really made me think about the foods I was cooking. I started looking more closely at the ingredients in what I bought and I started getting her involved in the kitchen so she understood what to look for. I started with explaining that gluten was something that was found in many grains but especially in wheat and that it was responsible for making bread have that elastic, chewy texture. I also explained that it was a combination of two different proteins and that it could make some people sick (including her).
We went through the foods in the kitchen when we made dinner and I explained to her what the best choices were for someone who was gluten intolerant. I also explained that there were gluten free alternatives to choose from for some of her favorite foods. This recipe begins with Horizon Organic Gluten Free Mac & Cheese. It tastes great, has ingredients I trust and is the perfect choice for a busy night.
Turning Horizon Organic Gluten Free Mac & Cheese into a complete meal is easy and we all enjoy my Macaroni and Cheese Recipe With Sausage and Spinach.
- 1 box of Horizon Organic Gluten Free Mac & Cheese
- 1/4 cup of milk
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 pkg fully cooked chicken sausage, sliced into coins
- 2 handfuls of Earthbound Farm Organic fresh baby spinach
- Cook the pasta from the Horizon Gluten Free Mac & Cheese.
- While it's cooking, heat the sausage in a separate pan.
- Drain the pasta when it's done and return to the pan. Add the milk, unsalted butter and cheese packet.
- Toss in 2 handfuls of Earthbound Farm Organic fresh baby spinach. The heat from the pasta will wilt the spinach.
- Add the sausage and stir.
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After dinner, why not try one of these ways to get active with the kids as part of a healthy lifestyle.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organics. The opinions and text are all mine.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email email@example.com to chat.