I know I told you my meal plan for the week already, but I tried a new recipe that knocked my socks off tonight.
Earlier in the week we made shredded buffalo chicken. It was tasty, but a little spicy for Baby Girl,so we let her dip in some ranch dressing which made her a little happier. After having dinner and packing up our lunches, we set aside 2 cups of shredded chicken meat to use in this recipe.
I knew this recipe would be good because I've loved everything Cassie has posted that I've tried, but I never could have imagined how good it could be. You see, I've always been a blue box mac & cheese type of girl. Love the stuff. My mom would slave over making a mac & cheese from scratch and I never really liked it. It would be crunchy on top (in my opinion, mac & cheese shouldn't be crunchy) and I just wasn't a fan. In early adulthood, I tried this copycat recipe of my favorite macaroni and cheese at our favorite local BBQ restaurant. Whenever I want to be fancy with my macaroni and cheese, I'll make it and everyone gobbles it up.
So when I saw Cassie's recipe for Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese, I knew it would be yummy, but I just didn't have confidence that I would love it more than my go-to mac & cheese.
But you know what? I loved this recipe more than any recipe I've made in months. Seriously. The freshness of using real milk and cheese, combined with the buffalo chicken and some spices...delicious. I want to go pick up the pan from the stove and eat the entire thing. I'm actually thinking that next time I make the buffalo chicken I might just freeze half and use both halves to make this dish. The only tweak I made to the recipe was that I made it with the already-buffaloed chicken so I didn't add the wing/hot sauce. I thought the amount of heat was perfect.
I am tempted to put this on the meal plan again next week, but I'm actually thinking I might go see what other mac & cheese recipes she has since I remember quite a few crossing my Google Reader. But you'd better believe this dish will be back on the meal plan very soon!
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