Zesty Guacamole Macaroni and Cheese
Cooking with Sabra.
Getting the kids to enjoy tasty meals that have a punch of healthy nutrients is a must in our home. They are growing kids who are active and definitely need wholesome meals. Gabby enjoys cooking and she decided to shake up one of her favorite recipes and show you one of her go-to after school snacks with the help of Sabra Classic Guacamole.
To keep kids excited about the food they eat, it’s always a great idea to get them involved in the cooking process. Whether you supervise them in the kitchen and they cook a dish or you help them every step of the way, they love it. When you step outside of the box and use non-traditional ingredients and add them to your favorites, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. These recipes will not disappoint!
Zesty Mac and Cheese.
Before you pass this by, give it a chance. You’ll be shocked at how delicious it is and how much the kids will love it. After all, the avocado is said to be nature’s butter and the creaminess will put your boring old macaroni and cheese over the top. We love spicy food in our house and this mac and cheese has a flavourful zing and a pop of spice! Of course, you can always gauge the heat by choosing your favorite cheese. Whether you choose spicy or not spicy at all, it’s up to you.
If you aren’t familiar with Sabra’s guacamole, you have been missing out. It’s made from authentic Mexican recipes using Fresh Hass Avocados coarsely diced for a chunky, homestyle taste. I love the “Ready-to-Serve” trays with Easy-Peel film seals. The classic recipe is the perfect balance of ripe avocado, cilantro, tomato, citrus and garlic flavours. They have a spicy guacamole for all my fellow spice connoisseurs.
Zesty Mac and Cheese
This is a delicious mac and cheese recipe that has a zesty twist. You'll love it and your kids will love it even more. Easy to make and with the help of Sabra taking care of the flavours for you, it's ready in no time.
- 2-3 TBSP of Sabra Classic Guacamole
- 1/2 lemon for lemon juice
- 2-3 cups of elbow macaroni pasta
- 1 cup of 1% or 2% milk
- 2 TBSP of unsalted butter
- 2-3 cups of Tex Mex shredded cheese
- 2 TBSP of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cube of chicken stock
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1 saucepan
- 1 pot
- 1 wooden spoon
- 1 spatula
- 1 whisk
- 1 food processor
- Take your 2TBSP of butter and melt on medium heat. Slowly add in 1/2 of the flour and whisk until it turns to a paste.
- Once it is a paste, add your milk and chicken stock. Stir well.
- Begin to add shredded cheese and stir often.
- Once it starts to thicken, begin to fold the cheese sauce.
- Add salt and pepper to taste and remove from heat.
- Boil water and add macaroni.
- Cook to preference.
- Drain and add cheese sauce and mix until completely blended.
- Set aside.
- Take 2-3 TBSP of Sabra Classic guacamole and place into food processor.
- Add lemon or lime juice and blend. (This will help to stop browning.)
- Sauce should be pureed but, not runny.
- Add to your mac and cheese and fold until completely blended.
- Serve with bread and enjoy.
Take Chicken Salad to the Next Level!
While we have nothing against mayonnaise when we can avoid using it and substitute it for something healthier–we totally do! Gabby is an active kid and that means she needs fuel to keep her body going. She has a healthy appetite and I make sure she is taking in enough protein, good fats, and nutrients that will satiate her hunger but, her body’s needs as well. Mimi is always on-the-go so, she definitely needs the energy!
Watch the Tutorial Now!
She made this sandwich by herself and all I had to do is make sure that I prepped the fridge with everything she needed. We usually prep on Sunday evenings and it helps throughout the whole week. It’s simple to bake chicken and then chop it up and leave it in the fridge just for this purpose. You can chop up the cabbage and store it in containers and of course, you can have Sabra guacamole in family size or individual sizes.
In the video, she will show you how to make the Zesty Mac and Cheese and how a little prep can go a long way. It helps the evening routine when the kids can help make a quick snack before dinner. They shared this sandwich and went on to do homework and after-school activities on their own. Not only that but, they feel accomplished that they were able to do so!
Now, it’s your turn! If you want to make these recipes head on over to www.sabradips.ca to find the nearest location to you that carries Sabra guacamole. You can also find more Sabra recipes there.
Have you ever tried using guacamole in your cooking?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.
I love guac and mac & cheese, so I think I need to try this. It sounds awesome.
That looks great! Anytime you put guac in a recipe, I'm sold. Yum!
Same here in our house!
Wow, that's quite a diverse recipe! I think I'd probably enjoy it on a sandwich too- though ti does have a sort of comfort food feel I might bust out for the holidays! Thanks for sharing these easy to make dish!
You are making me hungry just by looking at this! I never would have thought of putting this mix together! It is a great idea that I am going to have ti steal! 😉
Hehe, steal away!
That looks so good. I love macaroni and cheese, and adding guac makes total sense. It's such a delicious, creamy addition.
It really does make it creamy!
I have never thought to put guacamole and macaroni and cheese. It looks delicious though.
This looks like a great recipe. I never thought to add in guacamole to mac n cheese!
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It taste so good!
These recipes look delicious. I especially want to try the sandwich.
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So easy to make too!
Adding guacamole to mac and cheese is something i never would have thought to do. But that is something that my husband would absolutely love! He adores his Guac!
Hehe, us too. We cannot get enough.
I need to try that macaroni! That is something I think my whole family would enjoy. Can't go wrong with guacamole and macaroni!
The tex mex cheese goes a long way too.
I would never have thought to add guacamole to my mac and cheese! This is a brilliant idea!
You know, I would have NEVER thought of doing guac with mac and cheese, but love the idea. I mean, who wouldn't want to zest up a meal. Thanks for sharing,
That Chicken Salad sounds really good, I am definitely going to have to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe!
That mac & cheese recipe looks very different. Sounds really interesting too. I never would have though to use guacamole with it. The sandwich sure sounds delicious too!
Thanks Kathy, the kids love it and that is the most important thing.
All of these dishes look soooo good! I'm a huge fan of guacamole, so adding it to mac & cheese or on a sandwich is the best! 🙂
Oh my yum! Who would ever think to mix guac into 2 such classic dishes. But now that you have I can't wait to taste them that way.
Hehe, it is a zesty twist. I like stepping out of the box! Enjoy.
I would have never thought about combining the two of these together! I will have to give it a try!
They work well!
I am not really a big avocado fan but these sandwiches may make me a convert!
Hehe, you have to give it a try!
Oh now this would be a nice change of pace. I'd love to give it a try. I'd definitely go with the spicy guacamole.
Me too, I love the spice!
I have never used guacamole in my cooking. It is such a great idea. I will have to try this recipe on the weekend.
Let me know how it goes!
This sounds like a great recipe! My kids love to get in the kitchen and cook with me, we always have fun.
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I love sandwiches with bright colors and zesty flavors! What's the point in being boring!
I have to agree!
Everything looks delicious. I am trying to cut back on my dairy intake and avocado is a great alternative for mayo or sour cream. It's healthy, creamy and delicious.
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Oh my goodness! I would love to give this a try.
I don't use guac a lot myself at home, but love having it when we eat out. Never would have thought to add it to mac n cheese but that is a culinary genius right there – yum!
Thanks, it is creamy and cheesy.
That sounds so good! I know my girls would love it as well!
The color is deceiving but, it is so good!
that's a great tasting lunch idea
I will have to try this soup,it sure looks delicious
The Zesty Mac-n-Cheese is delicious