How to Make Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

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Hawaiian Mixed Plate - Rice, Hawaiian Macaroni Salad, Teriyaki Chicken Thigh, Kalua Pork

Impress your family and friends at your next picnic or luau with this classic Hawaiian Macaroni Salad recipe. It pairs perfectly with any mixed plate meats!

One of my favorite things about a Hawaiian Mixed Plate is the sides! I absolutely love the brown calrose rice and Hawaiian Macaroni Salad. They are the the perfect parings for all the rich meats. Plus, they are delicious on their own. So, I knew I would have to figure out how to do both at home! I’ve found out how to make a great Hawaiian Mac Salad at home, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Additionally, this recipe for Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is perfect for potlucks, luaus, or other entertaining. Watch it be one of the first things to disappear! It’s so flavorful, rich, and creamy!

While this recipe calls for a short list of ingredients, for best flavor, it requires a few hours of chilling time. So, be sure to plan ahead when bringing this to your next gathering.

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How to Make Homemade Marinara Sauce

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Air Fryer Fried Ravioli Dipped in Homemade Marinara Sauce
Air Fryer Fried Ravioli Dipped in Homemade Marinara Sauce

Have an abundance of tomatoes right now? Use them to make an easy, 7-ingredient, freezer-friendly, Homemade Marinara Sauce! Roasting is the “secret sauce”!

If you have an abundance of garden tomatoes, look no further for a way to use them up! This homemade marinara sauce is a great way to use lots of tomatoes before they go bad. And, it’s is especially delicious with garden fresh tomatoes. To use up all the tomatoes you have on hand, feel free to double or triple the recipe.

One of the reasons I love this recipe so much is because of the intense flavor you get from roasting the tomatoes and garlic in the oven. Plus, it requires very little prep work since the oven does all the cooking! There’s no need to stand over the stove and simmer the tomatoes for hours and hours.

The rest of the marinara ingredients are easy to find and will add delicious flavor to the sauce. Furthermore, this is a no sugar added marinara sauce. So, it is low-carb friendly. For ideas on ways to use the sauce, scroll to the bottom of the post.

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Instant Pot Tex-Mex Mac and Cheese

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Instant Pot Tex-Mex Mac & Cheese Top View

This yummy Instant Pot Tex-Mex Mac & Cheese is an inexpensive one pot meal that elevates an ordinary box of macaroni and cheese in about 30 minutes!

Several years ago, a friend taught me how to make this recipe for Tex-Mex Mac & Cheese. Subsequently, it quickly became one of my favorite ways to spice up an ordinary box of macaroni and cheese!

The recipe starts with a store-bought box of macaroni and cheese. Next, add several Tex-Mex ingredients (like taco seasoning, salsa, corn, beans, ground beef, and sour cream) to give the mac and cheese an amazing flavor boost! It almost tastes like a taco in a bowl.

Originally, the recipe is cooked in the microwave. Recently, I found the recipe again and decided to convert it for the Instant Pot. And it couldn’t be simpler! One of the best things about this recipe is that every thing cooks in one pot.

Additionally, this Instant Pot Tex-Mex Mac & Cheese is very inexpensive meal. Plus, it can be stretched to feed the whole family. It’s also great for meal prepping on the weekends for an easy lunch during the week!

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Three Cheese Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

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Bowl of Three Cheese Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Three Cheese Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese is super creamy, cheesy, and slightly spicy! It comes together in 5 minutes, and it’s perfect for meal prep!

You know, when people ask you if you were stuck on an island, but you could have any food, what would it be? Mine is definitely macaroni and cheese. I once at it for 3 days straight. No joke!

This Three Cheese Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese is one of my all time favorite varieties of mac and cheese! It is super rich, creamy, cheesy, and slightly spicy. It’s even easier than the boxed kind since you don’t even have to boil the pasta! Plus, it doesn’t require evaporated milk or a roux.

Three Cheese Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese is amazing as a full meal or as a side dish. Additionally, it’s great for meal prep. Since, all the ingredients are added to the slow cooker and forgotten, your hands (and pans) are free to work on other components for your meal prep.

It’d also be awesome to take to a pot luck, tailgate, or other gathering! Can you ever go wrong with macaroni and cheese?

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Slow Cooker (or Instant Pot) Refried Beans

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Spoon of Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Refried Beans
Slow cooker refried beans topped with feta cheese and parsley.

Learn how to use your slow cooker or Instant Pot to make homemade and flavorful refried beans just like those found at your favorite Mexican restaurant!

If you know me, it’s no secret I LOVE beans! When I am eating in a low-carb phase, beans are one of the things I miss the most. I could never go low-carb for the rest of my life because I would miss beans too much. They are one of those foods that feels so good when I eat them, and they are so satisfying. Although, I know it’s not that way for everyone… haha.

I remember the first time I had REALLY good refried beans at a local Mexican restaurant. The experience was other worldly! Prior to this experience, I only had beans out of a can, or bland homemade beans from a restaurant.

This Slow Cooker (or Instant Pot) Refried Beans recipe mimics those epic and flavorful beans I had at that local Mexican restaurant. I am so happy I found this recipe from Erin at Well Plated because now I don’t have to go to this restaurant just for the beans anymore!

To prove my point, when I was preparing the beans, my husband asked me what I was making. When I told him I was making refried beans, he said, “No, you’re not! You have onions and jalapenos cut up.” I replied, “Exactly! They will be flavorful beans!” If you have never tried really good refried beans, you need to try this recipe!

What if fried beans are just as good and we’re wasting time?

-Steve Klise, Staff Photographer – America’s Test Kitchen
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Copycat Taco Time Crisp Bean Burritos

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Plate of Crisp Bean Burritos and Side of Mexican Ranch Dressing
Copycat Taco Time Crisp Bean Burritos (Baked) with Easy Mexican Ranch Dressing

Copycat Taco Time Crisp Bean Burritos are a quick, inexpensive, and satisfying meatless meal that can be made any night of the week. They are also great to make for meal prep and for those nights you don’t want to make anything. Mix together an easy bean filling, roll inside flour tortillas, and bake for 15 minutes. And you’ll have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes!

Growing up, it was a common occurrence for my parents to take advantage of Taco Time’s 4 for 5 deal to feed our family quickly and inexpensively. Although, my parents never ordered anything other than Taco Time’s Crisp Bean Burritos. Sometimes, it took longer than expected to get our order because we were the family ordering 16-20 crisp bean burritos at a time. I always loved those nights because we inevitably had leftovers, and I could enjoy eating crisp bean burritos again the next day too.

Now, you can make them at home instead of spending time in the drive-thru line. I love baking or air-frying the crisp bean burritos to save on calories.

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