The Daily Meal’s Family Dinners: Kale Mac and Cheese
Breaking bread is a fulfilling experience well beyond the food that is enjoyed. Everyone at The Daily Meal can speak to this, which is why we’ve started our Family Dinners. Every week, we’re creating a way for all of us — from our readers to contributors and staff — to sit down and eat together by sharing weekly menus for you to cook or be inspired by.
Now, along with our Recipe of the Day Newsletter, we’ll be offering your menu ideas in the form of a three-course meal with tips and suggestions for each so it’s even easier for all of us to #eattogether. Check back to see what we’re serving at our family meal each week, and share what you’ve made with us through Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #eattogether. We’re excited to start sharing a meal with you once a week and we hope you are, too.
Baby it’s cold outside. OK, maybe it’s not that cold where you are, but who can say no to mac and cheese? That’s why we picked this mac and cheese recipe to feature for our main dish. The dish is comforting, oozy, and cheesy, and it also gives you a serving of heart-healthy kale. Make sure to follow cheese expert Laura Werlin’s tips for how to make the perfect mac and cheese.
Because the mac and cheese is pretty filling itself, we chose this light gorgonzola salad to serve with it. It’s light and fresh, and bites of tomato and cucumber are the perfect balance to the rich mac and cheese. If you’re all cheesed-out from the main dish, feel free to skip the gorgonzola, but add a little balsamic vinegar into your dressing so that it has some flavor.
If you have room for dessert, try this fresh berry tart (don’t worry, it’s light!). The crust is incredibly easy to put together, and the recipe is versatile enough to feature any of your favorite berries.
Anne Dolce is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce