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Amazing Apple Muffins

Note: Amazing.  That is the only way to describe these cakey muffins.  Okay, "muffins".  They are much more like cupcakes that just happen to have apples in them, so that makes them healthy, right?  The batter turned out more like dough for me, but that might have been because I totally just mixed all the ingredients into one bowl and ignored the stepped process.  I'll try to stick closer to the recipe next time to see if it ends up more batter-y.  Sorry, no picture for now, but check out the picture on the source site if you like.

Ingredients
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ½ cups chopped apples

Cinnamon topping-
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter

Directions
1) Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
2) Prep a 12 cup muffin pan by greasing the cups or lining them with papers.
3) In …

Kraft Mac and Cheese Pie

Note:  This "pie" was easy to throw together and gave me some downtime while it was in the oven.  It has the veggies and the protein all mixed right in, so no need for side dishes or lots of extras.  It's great leftover, too.

Ingredients
1 pkg. (14 oz.) macaroni & cheese dinner (with sauce packet) 2 cups small broccoli florets (frozen or fresh) 4 eggs 1 cup of cubed or chopped ham (could be ham steak or deli meat, whatever you have!) 1/2 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or Monterey jack works)
Directions
1) Preheat oven to 350.  Spray a 9in pie plate with cooking spray.
2) Cook macaroni noodles as directed.  Steam broccoli in your preferred method
3) In a small bowl, beat eggs and stir in the cheese sauce.
4) When macaroni is cooked and drained, add cheese sauce mixture, ham, and broccoli.  Mix well.
5) Spoon mixture into pie plate and top with shredded cheese
6) Bake for 30 minutes or until macaroni is set and the top is golden brown.

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Kraft's Taco Bake

Note:  I had some mac and cheese on hand that just seemed too boring to make by itself.  This was a super cheesy dinner and it was loved!  Of course, I made some modifications....

Ingredients
1 pkg. (14 oz.) macaroni & cheese dinner (with cheese sauce packet) 1 lb.  ground beef (or 1 cup cooked ground beef and 1 can of black beans) 1 pkg. taco seasoning 3/4 cup sour cream (or 6oz Plain Greek Yogurt) 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided 1 cup salsa

Directions
1) Spray 8in square baking dish (or equivalent) with non-stick spray. Preheat oven to 400.
2) Prepare macaroni as directed.  While macaroni is cooking, cook meat (and beans) with Taco seasoning as directed.
3) When the macaroni and cheese is finished, stir in the sour cream until well blended.
4) Spoon half the macaroni and cheese into the baking dish.  Top with the meat mixture and a layer of 1cup of shredded cheese. Add a final layer of the rest of …