1. Cauliflower Mac and Three Cheese
Cauliflower cheese + mac’n’cheese = comfort food squared. It’s a simple equation that’s sure to result in dinnertime bliss. First, cook your cauliflower and pasta until almost al dente. Then mix up an indulgent cheese sauce that blends blue, provolone and parmesan. Stir through the pasta and cauliflower, spoon into individual dishes, then pop it under the grill until golden and bubbling.
2. Double Haloumi Cheese Burger and Sweet Potato Fries
Who needs the all-beef patty when you can fill a burger with a double layer of golden fried haloumi cheese, juicy chargrilled capsicum and homemade relish instead. Fries with that? Of course – add a serve of chunky sweet potato wedges and this dinner becomes the ultimate meat-free indulgence.
3. Bacon, Leek and Cheese Tortilla Tarts
Easy, quick and tasty, these tarts are sure to please everyone in the family! Combine the tart filling, divide into cases and pop into the oven. Served with a simple salad, this meal will leave everyone feeling satisfied tonight.
4. Macaroni Cheese with Spinach and Crunchy Crumbs
No one can deny that macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food dish. Well, we also decided to take it up a notch with the addition of provolone cheese making it heavenly!
5. Beetroot and Goat's Cheese Tart
We love a good turkey or roast beef at Christmas, but when the vegetarian option looks this good, we are happy to pass on the meat! Sweet roasted beetroot is the star of this tart and marries oh-so well with creamy goat's cheese and dill. Teamed with a fresh spinach salad, this is the perfect vegetarian Christmas meal for two!
6. Macaroni Cheese with Broccoli, Cauliflower and Peas
Some things are just made to go with cheese, such as pasta, broccoli and cauliflower. Here, we combine them all with peas and spinach also in the mix to increase the nutritional value of this comforting bake. With such an abundance of greens, the extra-rich béchamel sauce with parmesan and sharp cheddar seems well justified.
7. Vegetable Cheese Gratin with Basil Pesto
Liven up roast vegetables with this clever Mediterranean bake featuring eggplant, capsicum, red onion, pulses and olives tossed with herbaceous pesto, and topped with almonds and melted smoked cheese. Wholesome, balanced and low in fat, this gratin is sure to have your nutritionist's tick of approval.
8. Three Cheese Spaghetti with Mint and Peas
That’s right, this pasta features not one, or two, but three cheeses in an irresistibly creamy sauce. Think creamy feta, nutty parmesan and tangy goat’s curd, plus fresh spinach, sweet leek and seasonal zucchini, which offset the richness. A little dried mint tossed through completes this winner weeknight dinner.
9. Sausage Mac and Cheese with Panko Crunch
It’s hard to improve on the classic, but this take on mac and cheese with pork sausages and shell pasta is a contender. Here, a homemade bechamel receives a flavour kick from wholegrain mustard and mature English cheddar. We’ve also added baby spinach for a dose of greens and topped it with crunchy breadcrumbs for a family-friendly sensation.
10. Chicken and Mushroom Mac ’n’ Cheese with Toasted Sunflower Seeds
Apparently, people who don't love mac 'n' cheese do exist but they're strictly a minority. Here's a makeover of this beloved staple, lightened by adding lean chicken, seeds, mushroom and zucchini. The best thing about this dish is that even kids not fond of eating veggies will love it; they won't even notice they're there. It's a perfect, comforting meal-in-a-bowl.