Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Ham Mac and Cheese

A twist to simple macaroni and cheese. I make this when I only have a little time to prepare lunch. Double or triple for a simple dinner.

Serves 1
20 minutes
-small pot
Quick and simple

1/2 small yellow or white onion
2-3 lunch meat ham slices*, 'cubed' -OR- 1-2 hotdogs*, sliced
drop of oil (if using the sliced sandwich meat)
1/4 c. Tinkyada brown rice macaroni, uncooked
1 c. water (give or take)
1/4 c. cheddar cheese*
*Oscar Meyer lunch meat and hotdogs are GF; I used Galaxy Nutritional Foods Rice Shreds DF cheddar 'cheese'

1. Cut up lunch meat (or hotdogs) and coarsely cut up onion.
2. Place meat and onion into small pot. If using lunch ham slices, add a drop of oil into the pot (hotdogs are greasy enough). Heat over medium for about 5 minutes, or until meat and onions are slightly browned/toasted.
3. Remove meat and onions and set aside, like on a small piece of Al foil or in a plastic baggie (NO paper plates.. they are not GF).
4. Pour pasta into same small pot, add enough water to cover macaroni. Heat on high until pasta comes to a rolling boil, then reduce heat to medium and continue cooking for 8-10 minutes.
5. When pasta is tender, carefully pour out hot, murky water, and rinse pasta out three times with cold water... this helps get rid of that weird 'rice goo'.
6. Place back on the range and turn heat on to medium. Stir in cooked onions and ham until they are heated through.
7. Remove from stove when hot and stir in cheese till fully melted.

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