When Cameron and I were first married, we had a terrible tradition. Every Sunday after church, we made a box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and sprinkled those fake bacon bites all over them. We were poor and loved the nostalgia of mac and cheese. Or just the deliciousness. No wonder I had infertility issues, right?
The main gripe I have with Kraft is the ingredients they use. Take a look at the ingredients:
Luckily, starting in January of this year, Kraft sent out a press release stating they have decided to stop using artificial preservatives and synthetic food dyes like yellow #5 and yellow #6 which has been linked to child behavioral problems. Kraft has even been confronted with accusations of using GMO wheat in their noodles which is illegal in the US.
Besides all the questionable ingredients in Kraft mac and cheese, in 2015 they had to recall about 6.5 million boxes because of the risk of metal fragments in their food causing choking and internal lacerations. In 2011, Kraft also recalled 137,000 cases of Velveeta cheese shells for a similar problem.
Knowing this stuff makes you really want to grab a box and cook it up huh? Part of being a food company is making sure that your machinery isn’t literally shedding pieces into the food. I know, we have high standards ‘n stuff.
So, while we love that companies are making changes in the right direction, we’re still going to stick to our homemade versions where can control each ingredient and use only the healthiest stuff.
Now even healthified mac and cheese is still a tad bit on the carbalicious side. You just have to make sure you add something else on the side and don’t have a whole bowl of only this stuff (CAMERON I’m talking to you!).
You can even omit the noodles and just use the sauce drizzled over some broccoli for a veggified grain-free version of mac and cheese! Change up the cheeses and spices for a different flavor too. We liked this recipe best with the stronger flavored cheese like sharp cheddar.
You can also try adding pepper jack cheese, red pepper flakes, cream cheese, or even a teeny garlic for a different take. So many options!
And of course we added bacon, because, well, BACON.