Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wednesday Recipe: Mac-n-Cheese

Who DOESN't love comfort food?? I know I do, and I LOVE easy food to make that is real and tastes great. I know it has been a while since I last posted a recipe, my chili almost a not quite a month ago--and that was a Weight Watchers recipe! I thought of ALL the Weight Watchers recipes I have, and there are a lot, and decided I would start making some of those and posting for you!

These are all my many Weight Watchers recipes I printed offline that helped me lose 35 pounds and keep it off! I keep them in binders by meal type & food category! They get a bit messy when I pull things out and have some battle scars, stains and slops, but it is all from loving use! Here is one of my favorites and a staple for cool weather. You guessed it, comfort food time with...

How low can you go Mac-N-Chee
  • 12 oz. uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 Cup fat-free sour cream (i'm not huge on Fat Free foods, they can help you lose, but you can use sour lean or even skip this all together, I do and it works well.)
  • 12 oz. Fat-free evaporated milk
  • 8 oz. low fat cheddar or colby cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp table salt (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp dried Bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan Cheese

Preheat oven to 350F

Cook pasta according to directions, drain and transfer to large bowl. While pasta is hot, stir in sour cream, set aside.

Heat evaporated milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until tiny bubbles appear just around the edges (scalding). Reduce heat to low, add cheese and simmer until cheese melts, stirring constantly, about 2 min.

Remove from heat and stir in mustard, salt, pepper and nutmeg

Add chesse mixture to pasta, mix well. Transfer to a 4-quart casserole dish. Combine bread crumbs and parmesan cheese; sprinkle over pasta. Bake until top is golden, about 30 min!

Serves 8, 1 Cup per serving
5 pts. per serving

I ALSO throw in, cherry tomatoes and broccoli!! It makes it colorful, festive, jacks the fiber up and the cherry tomatoes are divine to bit into when they are hot (not too hot!). I don't measure, just 2 fistfuls of each so you get some in each bit!!

Viola! It's the how low can you go Mac-N-Chee!
© 2009, Inc.

21 days to form a habit

WOW!! Thanks and Hello! to all my new followers this week--
so good to see you and hear from you!

In light of my upcoming trip, my newly accomplished Half Marathon goal, the seasonal change and needing a little boost in general, I have created a list of "November Goals" to focus on:

I have 18 days till my big trip and it takes about 21 days to form a new habit, so I figured it was a close enough time frame to recondition myself and set some new and revisit some other goals in my life! That way, leave for my vacay, refreshed and on track!!

There are a number of gals doing "back on track" weeks or months out there in blogland, (Angela and Caitlin are) so it feels good to know I am not alone. Creating healthy habits is all about being disciplined and setting yourself up to succeed!

The first: Early to bed, early to rise.
This is easier said than done!! I have posted often about needing more sleep and trying to reset my schedule. I would ideally like to be in bed between 9:30-10pm and then be up by 5:30-6am. This is quite opposite of what I have been doing. I try for a day or two and then fail. But this past week, I took advantage of the extra hour we gained with daylight savings and am now feeling rested and like I have sleep stored up in the bank!! Plus, I created a pre-bedtime routine to follow and relax myself. After all the key to getting up early is going to bed early and really getting rest. My bedtime and wake time now FIRMLY set in stone.

Stretching: to relax myself and breathe deeply, releasing the day

Drinking Tea: with so many beneficial herbs, tea can calm and soothe

Ocean Sounds: No TV, radio, twitter, phone or interwebs...just the calming sea

Bed: making it a simple sanctuary to sleep and rest

sleep mask and a monkey named Boaz

What new habits are you working on?

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