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Mac & Cheese And An Arugula Salad In Under 18 Minutes

Mac & Cheese And An Arugula Salad In Under 18 Minutes

Marie Callendar's white cheddar mac and cheese served with a simple salad

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, if not for work, just because I love it.  I absolutely adore being in my element creating and tasting…. if the temperature is right.  Now that the warm weather is starting to make it’s way into hot Summer and my kitchen doesn’t have air conditioning, I sometimes need a break when I just can’t handle the heat.  In those moments I want nothing to do with the oven or stove, but my family still needs to eat.  Well I have come up with the perfect solution.  Let me roll you back into how this all came to be.

I was shopping in the frozen section of Walmart when I noticed all the Marie Callender’s meals were no longer priced at $2.50, they were now only $2.00.  I snatched up a few boxes and thought I’ll pop these in the microwave as a quick meal when the heat becomes unbearable and me and my kitchen need a moment to breath from each other.  I thought “Heck, why not make it tonight?”  I grabbed a bag of arugula, lemons, and some garlic from the produce section and I was out the door.  I giggled to myself all the way home feeling like I got one over on my kitchen.


Ingredients to Mac & Cheese, and Arugula Salad:

  • 1 –  box of Marie Callender’s Vermont White Cheddar Mac and Cheese
  • 1 – bag of arugula
  • 2 – lemons (juiced)
  • 1 – clove garlic (minced)
  • 1/3 – cup olive oil
  • sea salt to taste
  • cherry tomatoes (cut into halves)


  1. Cook mac and cheese according to box in the microwave.  From Start to finish about 16 minutes.
  2. While mac is cooking start making the salad.
  3. Pour arugula in a large bowl. Set to the side.
  4. In a cup add lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil.  Whisk until combined. Salad dressing made of olive oil and lemon
  5. Pour dressing over arugula, then toss.
  6. Sprinkle with sea salt and add in tomotoes.
  7. Serve mac and cheese and salad together for a perfect summer meal. Marie Callendars mac  and cheese served with salad
  8. Eat this now!



Preserving Hatch Chiles

Preserving Hatch Chiles

Those gorgeous New Mexico Hatch Chiles are once again in season from NOW to mid September.  My friends over at Melissa’s Produce sent me a bunch of hot and mild chiles to roast and use for savory spicy dishes. I couldn’t be satisfied with hatch chiles as a seasonal treat so I decided to preserve them for an all year round indulgence. Check out my cool video below to see how.

2012 Hatch Chile Roasting Dates & Locations – Bristol Farms

Get there early the lines will be long!

Saturday August 25th
8:00am – 2:00pm
8448 Lincoln Blvd.
Westchester, CA 90045

South Pasadena
Saturday, September 1st
8:00am – 2:00pm
606 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA 91030

Newport Beach
Saturday & Sunday
September 8th – 9th
8:00am – 2:00pm
810 Avocado Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
*Live radio broadcast
Sunday, September 9th
with Chef Jamie Gwen
from 8 – 10am

For my Chicken Hatch en Bleu recipe… Click here.

Or for a drool worthy Hatch Chile Corn Bread Strata….. Click here.

For a yummy Hatch Potato Hash…. click over to Geez Louise.

Want to learn to roast Hatch chiles… Click over to Shockingly Delicious.

And Nibbles and Feasts’ Tia Alma Mercado’s Hatch Chile Strips in Red Salsa… Click Here!

Photo and video shot with my iPhone taken by: Mando Lopez