Friday, March 30, 2012

Mac & Cheese

by Meghann on March 30, 2012

Cheers to the freakin’ weekend

I drink to that, yeah yeah

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Yes, I’ve been hoarding oktoberfest and pumpkin beers since the fall. Gotta a problem with that? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tomorrow I will run 19 miles.

Tonight I shall drink beer and make homemade mac and cheese.

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Carb loading at its finest. ๐Ÿ˜‰

A little secret. I don’t like boxed mac and cheese. The bright yellow cheese scares me. Homemade mac and cheese? That I can get behind. With the right noodles, of course. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tonight’s mac and cheese was fairly simple and reminded me of something my Dad would pull together. I started by preparing a box of whole wheat penne noodles according to the directions on the back of the box. While those were boiling, I prepped and sauteed the veggies – carrots, peppers, onion, and garlic. Then I worked on the cheese sauce. I slowly brought two cups of milk to a light boil, then added about a cup and a half of white sharp cheddar cheese I had shredded. I stirred the pot with a whisk until the cheese had melted, then added a couple of tablespoons of whole wheat flour to thicken it up

When everything was done, I added the veggies, noodles, and cheese sauce to a casserole dish and gave it a nice mix. I finished it with a sprinkle of panko bread crumbs on top and placed the dish in the oven at 375 for 25 minutes.

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I had a generous helping with a side of broccoli for dinner.

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The mac and cheese was delicious. It was cheesy and gooey with just the right amount of chew and spice. Derek even commented how much he loved the veggies in the dish. I also thought the carrots and peppers added a nice touch.

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I almost added the broccoli to the mac and cheese, but I’m glad I left it on the side. Sometimes a little green needs to stand out on its own. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Afternoon snack: grapefruit, almonds, and Quaker Oatmeal Squares.

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Dessert was a defrosted mango cupcake.

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I will run 19 miles tomorrow.

I will run 19 miles tomorrow.

I will run 19 miles tomorrow.

Gulp.

Then I will go to the beach. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Perhaps I should start with this thought?

Good Night!

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