(Family Features) As kids and parents return to busy schedules full of sports, homework, and weeknight activities, building a plan for nutritious and easy meals can be challenging. Piecing together a menu that fuels active minds without spending hours in the kitchen is a common goal for many families.
These recipes require minimal prep and call for on-hand ingredients like dairy food favorites that provide nutrients people of all ages need to grow and maintain strong bodies and minds.
Make supper a cinch with Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese, which lets you put the work in the hands of your slow cooker for a versatile dish that can be served when homework is finished.
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Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
Recipe courtesy of Rachel Gurk of “Rachel Cooks” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours
16 ounces elbow pasta
4 tablespoons butter
3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
2 cups whole milk
12 ounces evaporated milk
1/2 cup light sour cream
2 large eggs, beaten
3/4 teaspoon ground mustard
pepper, to taste
8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
8 ounces grated provolone cheese
Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain and pour into a large slow cooker.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk butter and cream cheese until melted. Stir in milk, evaporated milk, and sour cream; whisk until combined. Remove from heat; whisk in eggs, ground mustard, and pepper, to taste. Stir in cheeses. Pour mixture over cooked macaroni and stir to combine cheese and pasta.
Cover and cook for 2 hours on low. Switch to warm until ready to serve.
Source: United Dairy Industry of Michigan