We’ve taken “tight schedule” to a whole new level at the Tiede house. I know that some of my readers have it just as bad or worse. The more kids you have, the more you are pulled in multiple directions as they get older.
It’s a season. I’ve been saying that for the last 18 years, and it’s true. When the kids were tiny, we were in a unique season. Now that they are nearly all teenagers/young adults, we are still in a season. It’s admittedly very different than when they were little, but no less wild. I expect we will always be in seasons. Perhaps one day, when it’s only Mike and me at home, we won’t need the Crockpot as much as we do now, but until then …
We can only do so much chicken and healthy meals. Some days, you just need comfort food.
Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to present to you, one of the best, easiest comfort foods known to the Tiedes … Macaroni and Cheese Corn. [Note: this is the best thing ever to bring to a potluck! I can guarantee you will bring nothing home.]
You will need:
(I doubled this recipe, so you’ll see two of everything in my Crockpot)
1 cup of uncooked elbow macaroni
1 stick of butter
1 can of creamed corn
1 can of whole kernel corn WITH the liquid
1 pound of Velveeta – cubed
Dump it all in the Crockpot and let it cook on HIGH for 1.5 hours.
You can double or triple this recipe with ease. If you double it, cook it for 2 hours on HIGH or until the macaroni is cooked, then finish it on low. For a triple batch (what I do for church potlucks) cook it for 3 hours (HIGH until macaroni is cooked, then turn to low).
Now for the Ham Balls …
I buy these at Fairway. They come in packages of 6 precooked Ham Balls. Two packages will feed my family of 5 (which includes 3 teens … that makes a difference, people!)
Thaw the Ham Balls. Place in baking dish.
Combine all of the following in a saucepan:
2 c. brown sugar
6 T. cider vinegar (You can use 1/2 cider and 1/2 white as I think all cider is strong. In fact, I used all regular vinegar, no cider, and it was great.)
2 tsp. ground mustard
2 heaping wooden spoonsful of KC Masterpiece sauce
Heat slowly until it comes to a boil – cook and stir -about 2 minutes.
Pour over ham balls. Make sure they’re all coated.
My recipe says to turn them half way through cooking time. “Ain’t nobody got time for that.” #sorrynotsorry
Cook at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.
Since everything is cooked, all they have to do is get hot all the way through.
(These are not my ham balls. The family dug in too fast and I didn’t get a picture. I borrowed this one from the web, but the recipe given with this picture is not the recipe I’ve shared on my page. I’ll get a picture of my ham balls next time. LOL. Now I just like saying that. Hee hee hee.)
We nuked a package of steamable broccoli and there you go … voila! Delish! Comfort on a plate, right there.
Enjoy, my busy friends!