In her book, Talking to Tweens, Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer mentions the importance of quality family time. Even though preteens enjoy their growing independence and time spent with their friends, simple routines with family still provide their greatest happiness.
Help your preteen prepare a comfort-food dinner. Here’s an easy, delicious recipe. One taste and you and your preteen just might remove boxed mac and cheese from your grocery list—forever.
Macaroni and Cheese
1 2/3 cup dry small elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon dry mustard
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
1 cup water
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups shredded medium or sharp cheddar cheese (divided)
Preheat oven to 375°. Grease two-quart casserole dish.
Combine cornstarch, salt, dry mustard, and pepper in medium saucepan. Stir in milk, water, and butter. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in 1 1//2 cup cheese until melted. Add macaroni. Mix well. Pour into dish. Top with remaining cheese. Bake 20-25 minutes until cheese is melted and light brown on the edges.
Add onion powder to taste.
Add small pieces of ham.