I have a problem. I hate making a box of mac-n-cheese and having most of it go to waste because only one kid wants to eat it. So, a few months ago I did the math and figured out how to make one serving of mac-n-cheese from a box. (I know, I know, they already have this product, but it's not as good as the box, and my kids won't eat it.)
Single Serving Mac-n-Cheese
1/3 c. noodles
1/2-1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp cheese powder
This recipe will feed one small kid. (Katrina can usually eat all of it.) For a bigger kid, we double it.
We make this in a pan on the stove, but you could also make it in the microwave. A box of Kraft Mac-n-Cheese has four servings in it. After I open the box, I put the noodles and cheese powder in zip-loc baggies and put them back in the opened box.
Here's my other problem. Sometimes, just at bed time, I feel a mite peckish. I often don't want to eat anything nutritious at this point, but there's not usually a substantial treat available. After sampling many emergency chocolate cake recipes, I came up with this one.
Emergency Chocolate Cake
1 Tbsp chocolate chips, dark is best
1/2 Tbsp butter, I eyeball this
3 Tbsp hot chocolate mix, use a high quality mix. (I like Stephen's Mexican Chocolate.)
4 Tbsp flour
pinch baking powder
1/4 tsp vanilla
3 Tbsp water
Put the chocolate chips and butter into a mug. Microwave 20 seconds to melt, mix. Add the rest of the ingredients. (The baking powder and vanilla are optional.) Mix together. Microwave for one minute. There will be a little slick of uncooked batter on the top. Eat while it's still warm. Ignore your spouse's glares for eating in bed and not making him one.
If this seems a little dry to you, try upping the butter.