June is National Dairy Month

Here are a couple recipes to add into your dinner schedule to put a bit of dairy into your life!

Baked Macaroni & Cheese

  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon powdered mustard
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 large egg
  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • fresh black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente. While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it's free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf. Temper in the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese. Melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.

Cheesy Spinach & Artichoke Dip

  • 1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts, drained, finely chopped
  • 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained
  • 3/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 3/4 cup Light Mayo Reduced Fat Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Directions: Heat oven to 350°F. Mix all ingredients; spoon into 9-inch quiche dish or pie plate. Bake 20 minutes or until heated through. Serve with crackers and assorted cut-up fresh vegetables.

Milk is always the BEST drink for every meal!