Comfort Food

I have a confession to make: I actually like Chef Boyardee’s Beefaroni. I ate quite a bit of it when I was younger. As an adult, I have eaten Lean Cuisine’s Chili Mac, which is very similar, several times. My husband hates Chili Mac. He says that it reminds him of his days in the army. Apparently, he ate quite a bit of it when he was in the army and he got sick of it.

But Corey isn’t home, it’s my day off and it has been cold and rainy all day. Enter: comfort food!

The only time I got dressed today was to do an hour on the elliptical. After a workout like that, I needed carbs and comfort in a bowl. I was debating on what to make myself for lunch. I was trying to think of something comforting (yet healthy) I could make and then eat while I was snuggled on the couch in my pajamas.

So I decided to make my own version of Chili Mac. It came out quite tasty if I do say so myself. All of the ingredients were ones that I already had, it’s warm and comforting and the best part was that it only took me half an hour to cook it!

Because I spent so little time in the kitchen, I was able to get back into my pajamas quickly. For the rest of the day I watched girly movies that I knew my husband would never watch, like Ramona and Beezus and Anastasia. I miss Corey, but I love my alone time. πŸ™‚

Chili Mac (serves 4)

1 lb. ground beef
8 oz. elbow macaroni, uncooked
1 (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
ΒΌ – Β½ c. pasta sauce*
ΒΌ c. chopped onion
1 medium green pepper, chopped
Β½ tsp. salt
Β½ tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. red pepper flakes (can use more or less, depending on how spicy you like it)
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder

Begin cooking macaroni according to package directions. Brown ground beef and onion in large skillet. Once beef is browned, drain fat off the ground beef. Add diced tomatoes, pasta sauce, green pepper, and spices. Bring to a simmer and let simmer about 5 minutes, stirring often. Mix in cooked macaroni. Serve with cheese if desired (I did!).

*Cooking note: You can use as little pasta sauce or as much of it, depending on how liquidy you like it.

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13 responses to “Comfort Food

  1. i love comfort food – what a perfect way to spend your day off πŸ™‚
    i also enjoy my time alone…maybe a little too much!

  2. Comfort food is the best! I’ve actually never had Chef Boyardee before, but I’m not opposed to the idea of trying it, haha!

  3. My sister and I really enjoyed Ramona and Beezus! πŸ˜€ It really cute!

    Comfort food! πŸ˜€ YAY!

  4. Ok so, I totally had the Anastasia soundtrack when I was a kid! I thought I was the only one who liked that movie! πŸ™‚ Guess not!

  5. Everyone needs some alone time every now and then. I’m waiting until tomorrow for mine πŸ™‚

  6. Sounds like a perfect day to me ! Glad you enjoyed it and the chili mac sounds goood ! πŸ™‚

  7. I love days like that! Your chili mac looks wayyyy better than the canned stuff πŸ™‚

  8. Love this recipe! YUM! I love my alone time, too! It’s so relaxing sometimes!

  9. This type of comfort food is amazing – must try this recipe sometime. Yum!

    x

  10. We love chili mac in our house. Or I guess I should say the kids really love it….lol!

    Comfort food, girlie movies, pajamas, and the couch = the perfect day!

  11. I actually just got done watching Ramona and Beezus last week. It was so cute! I want them to make Superfudge. However, it would stink if no kids ever read the books anymore.

  12. I think my parents used to call this “goulash” and it will forever remind me of childhood.

    I want to see Ramona and Beezus!

  13. Mmm…comfort food. I’m a fan of mac and cheese or Tuna Helper. No judgment here!

    I wanna see Ramona. How was it?

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