Last week I received a Change.org petition to ask Kraft to stop using dangerous food dyes in our mac & cheese. Apparently Kraft does not use Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 in the mac & cheese they sell in other countries, including the UK, because of consumer outcry. I signed the petition and you can too at http://www.change.org/petitions/kraft-stop-using-dangerous-food-dyes-in-our-mac-cheese. There is also an interesting video you can watch by the organizers of the petition. According to their test, the UK version and US version look and taste the same, so why do we need dyes? You might also want to educate yourself about the reasons food dyes aren’t good for you. Reasons like “hyperactivity in children.” You definitely don’t need that. And, they may be contaminated with known carcinogens (a.k.a. an agent directly involved in causing cancer).
Instead of waiting on Kraft to change their product, you can make your own mac & cheese at home. Yes, you can cook outside the box! I did on Sunday and thought I’d blog you my results. As you can see from the picture, it looks great! I served it up with a spinach salad and a grilled organic chicken sausage.
Here’s the recipe, slightly changed from the one I found on Pioneer Woman’s website called Spicy Macaroni and Cheese. The whole meal took me 45 minutes to prepare—a little longer than my desired 30 minute meals, but worth the effort. You can even leave out all of the extras like red onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, garlic, and chilies for the kiddos if you want and it would take less time to make. Continue reading