I may not be a fashionista, but I can whip up tasty meals using some of the fifteen blends of Mrs. Dash seasoning, making me a Dashionista! One sneaky way to get some veggies into the meat lovers in my life is to whip up this Cheesy Beef and Mac recipe and throw in some veggies. Since they would complain if we just had a veggie meal, I try to add veggies they like to casseroles. (Remember, if all else fails, puree the veggies and throw them in. They probably won’t suspect a thing.) I added veggies most of the family likes, but feel free to replace and substitute with other veggies, like broccoli or whatever floats your boat.
- 2 Tablespoons Mrs. Dash® Italian Medley Seasoning Blend
- 1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash® Tomato Basil Garlic Seasoning Blend, divided
- 1 ¼ cups (10 ounces) elbow macaroni
- ¾ cup (6 ounces) EACH green pepper, tomato and onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/4 cup (2 ounces) fresh basil, chopped
- 1/3 (3 ounces) cup flour
- 1 cup (8 ounces) 2% milk
- 1 cup (8 ounces) shredded cheese, your favorite flavor, I use Italian blend but this needs a strong cheese to add flavor. I should have used cheddar.
- 1 pound (16 ounces) hamburger meat, cooked and crumbled
Chop the basil, tomato, mushrooms, onion and pepper into pieces. Cook the macaroni according to the package directions. While it is cooking, saute the hamburger, onion, pepper, garlic and Mrs. Dash® Italian Medley and Mrs. Dash® Tomato Basil Garlic. Stir in chopped tomato and basil. Set this aside.
Make the cream mixture with by combining flour and milk in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add the milk gradually. Stir until smooth. Continue to cook, stirring constantly until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat and add in the cheese and 2 teaspoons Mrs. Dash® Tomato Basil Garlic. Stir until smooth.
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Since I deal with Celiac issues with my daughter, I can also make this gluten free by using a gluten free pasta and leaving out the flour. It won’t be as thick, but that is ok. Substitute a teaspoon of corn starch to make it thicker. Note : Mrs. Dash does not say it is gluten free, but it doesn’t list wheat as one of its ingredients and has proven safe with us so far. Be sure to read all food labels carefully to avoid a reaction. It doesn’t contain salt, so it is good for people on salt restricted diets.
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I received samples of Mrs. Dash and a gift card to facilitate the creation of this recipe. All opinions are my own.