Wednesday, April 18, 2012

P is for Peas and Personal-sized Mac-n-Cheese

Peas - those little green balls of goodness that kids (and some dogs) avoid eating all too often. I've always eaten peas. It was one of those vegetables I was willing to eat as a child. I loved them nestled in my mashed potatoes - I'd make a small nest in which to place them and then cover it all with gravy. I also liked the peas and carrots that came in frozen TV dinners.

I still eat them with mashed potatoes and gravy and still enjoy the peas found in frozen dinners, but I also now enjoy fresh peas on salad. Although I tend to drown them with salad dressing, I enjoy biting into their little burst of sweetness as I'm eating my salad.

My mother would grind them with leftover roast beef and gravy into a meat mixture that she'd use as the base for Shepherd's Pie. The leftover mashed potatoes would go on top. You could never see what vegetables were in there and their taste didn't stand out, but their goodness permeated the entire dish.

Do you like peas? How do you enjoy them most?

Personal-sized macaroni and cheese came out a few years back. Just add water and cook the pasta in the microwave and add the powdered cheese and in less than five minutes you have a single-serve of cheesy macaroni. I'd never tried them before, but I did recently buy a four-pack of a generic brand to have for work. Now, I love mac-n-cheese, so I thought this would be perfect. And, it was - in a way. It was easy to make and had pretty good flavor (if you're a Kraft blue box fan, that is), but it wasn't very substantial. I just had another one and added a bit of shredded cheese at the same time as the powdered cheese and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm about to make another one. Considering it's 3PM and that's the only thing I've eaten today, I think one more isn't going to hurt.

Are you a Kraft Mac-n-Cheese fan? Even if you prefer homemade, do you ever enjoy that Blue Box treat?


  1. I don't particularly like peas now, but when I was a child, I used to love popping the pea pods, and eating the peas. Somehow they tasted so much better than today's peas.

  2. Okay, now I am hungry and I want mashed potatoes and peas... LOL

  3. really wish I could get my boys to eat them. When they were very litttle they did. not now that they're bigg 7 and 8 yr olds. green.

  4. HI, the green vegetables I love best are green peas, green beans, spinach, and kale. I like cooked cabbage too. Mac and cheese, I could eat every day were it not for my restriction of cholesterol. Dang it! Sometimes I get the kind you microwave that you just put the way it is into the microwave. Thanks for the yummy post. :) Best regards to you. Ruby aka Grammy

  5. I love mac and cheese and peas please :P

  6. That made me hungry!! I better go make supper!!


  7. I love peas and mashed potatoes, but no gravy, just lots of butter. Mac n Cheese has to be homemade for me and I do love it. The box stuff or the microwave stuff I keep in the house for my grandbabies, but I don't like it, at all. They all love it and one of them won't eat any other kind!
    It's 11:20 pm here and I am craving both now...thanks! ♥

  8. i love peas--i also enjoy them in cold salads and casseroles--i love almost any kind of mac and cheese--great post