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Mix It Up With Jenny - Cabin Fever Cure: Family Night!

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Wheely Easy Mac & Cheesy
Ham & Tater Corn Chowder

(Family Features) If winter evenings find you with a bit of a lull, launch a new habit: Bring the family together for a simple night at home. Put it on the calendar and plan a night "in".

Simple can be special:

  • Choose a not-too-involved, family-pleasing recipe and fix dinner together

  • Rent a favorite or never-seen-before movie

  • Get out a favorite board or card game or play charades

  • Plan next summer's vacation; make a "wish list" of fun possibilities for a family trip

  • Watch old family videos

  • Pop popcorn, bake cookies, set up a make-your-own-sundae bar

Make memories together: check out great "family night" recipes that are easy for both kids and adults at www.VeryBestBaking.com. You might just make "being in" a habit!

Jenny Harper is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the Nestlé Test Kitchens andVeryBestBaking.com.
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Wheely Easy Mac & Cheesy

  • 2 cups dry (8 ounces) wagon wheel or rotelle pasta
  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame (shelled soybeans)
  • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk
  • 2 cups (8-ounce package) shredded Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese blend or other cheese blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half

    1. COOK pasta according to package directions, adding edamame to boiling pasta water for last 2 minutes of cooking time; drain.
    2. MEANWHILE, COMBINE evaporated milk, cheese, garlic powder and black pepper in medium saucepan. Cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.
    3. ADD pasta and edamame to cheese sauce; stir until combined. Add tomatoes; stir gently until combined.
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Calories: 560g     Total Fat: 26g
Cholesterol: 80mg     Protein: 31g
Carbohydrates: 56g     Sodium: 400mg

Makes 4 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions

Look for edamame in the frozen food or organic section of your local store.

Frozen eas can be used in place of edamame.

Ham & Tater Corn Chowder

  • 18 frozen potato puffs (such as Tater Tots)
  • 2 cans (14 fluid ounces each) reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cans (12 fluid ounces each) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) cooked ham, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 3/4 cups instant mashed potato flakes
  • 1 can (15 1/4 ounces) no-salt added whole-kernel corn, drained
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Sliced green onions (optional)

    1. PREPARE potato puffs according to package directions.
    2. MEANWHILE, COMBINE broth and evaporated milk in large saucepan. Bring mixture just to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low. Add ham, potato flakes, corn, onion powder and black pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 8 minutes until creamy and slightly thick. Top each serving with three potato puffs and green onions, if desired.
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Calories: 350g     Total Fat: 13g
Cholesterol: 55mg     Protein: 19g
Carbohydrates: 39g     Sodium: 780mg

Makes 6 servings
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Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Tater Tots is a registered trademark of Promark Brands, Inc.

SOURCE: Nestlé USA, Inc.

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