Southwestern Macaroni and Cheese Bacon Cups

My go-to contribution at potlucks and holiday get togethers is macaroni and cheese. It’s one of my favorite things to cook because its easy, but takes a bit of love to make. So when I was invited to Dixya’s blogger potluck, I knew I was going to bring mac and cheese but I wanted to make it blogger friendly.

I recently went to Slow Bone in Dallas and loved that they put peppers in their mac and cheese so I recreated that. To make it even more blogger friendly, I threw the mac and cheese in some homemade bacon cups that really elevated the dish! It was SO good, and a hit at the party. There were literally NO leftovers so I figured it was good enough to share with you guys.

PRO TIP: While this recipe isn’t healthy (like at all) you can make it gluten free if you’d like! I did mine with gluten free pasta and gluten free flour. Just make sure you have some extra milk on standby if you do that because a lot of gluten free flour has xantham gum already in it (which makes your sauce thicker, quicker).

When making bacon cups use thick cut bacon and make sure everything is layered, not side by side. This way there are no holes when it shrinks up from cooking!

First, you’ll put two half-pieces of bacon on top of the muffin cup. Then, you’ll use a full piece of bacon to wrap around the cup! That’s all there is to it. If you’d like, you can grease the pan to keep the bacon from sticking. I didn’t have any issues taking the bacon off the pan even when it did stick, though!

 

Warm Kale Salad With Curry

Warm Kale Salad With Curry

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces kale (chopped, that's one bag from Trader Joe's)
  • 3 sweet potatoes (small, sliced)
  • 2 cups cooked chicken breast (diced)
  • 1 apple (diced)
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin

Instructions

  1. Toss sweet potatoes in ollive oil, curry powder, cumin, and cinnamon oil.
  2. Bake sweet potatoes on 400 until tender (about 20 minutes).
  3. While waiting for sweet potatoes to cool, saute kale in 2 tbsp water until tender.
  4. Add all ingredients to a bowl and toss salad.
  5. Bon apetit!
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I'm a twenty-something lifestyle blogger who tries not to take life too seriously. I think laughing and running are the cure to everything especially when its done in a new city. I think a balanced diet is important, and that they're much easier when they include chocolate. :)

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