Being that it has now officially gotten cold, Mac and Cheese is the perfect comfort food for a cozy night in. This recipe is rather indulgent and totally beats the usual Weight Watcher’s recipe I follow, but it’s sweater time- perfectly ok to splurge once in awhile.
And splurge we did. I used my fav girl Ina’s Barefoot Contessa recipe and followed it exact, except I did use whole wheat pasta. Sure, I’ll cook with piles of shredded cheese and butter, but use regular pasta, nope! Oh and I used panko bread crumbs verses the white bread she references- because once again there’s that voice in my head says “no-white-grains” but throw some extra cheese on top—sure thing! Chopped broccoli was used instead of fresh tomatoes since we have a non-tomato lover at home (which falls under things I’ll never understand). I love tomatoes and do think the addition of them would be excellent.
Let me also mention that this was super simple, so creamy, rich and delicious. And most importantly, don’t be afraid to let this baby bake, the crunchier the top- the better!
If you add one healthy addition to your diet this week, let it be these nutrient-packed, energy fueled, tiny, little seeds. I recently started throwing them into my breakfast every morning and have become quite the fan. They keep you feeling full and have loads of benefits to them- plus you can eat them in their natural form so there’s zero prep work.
Who even knew a seed could be a superfood, but in fact these are it. They are packed with healthy Omega-3’s, protein, iron, fiber, antioxidants, calcium- the list goes on! Quite a lot for something you can easily toss on anything you eat and with a nutty flavor it’ll actually taste good!
Here are some of my favorite ways to incorporate the seeds into my diet with little to no work:
(using about 1 tbsp straight from the bag)
Mixed into oatmeal, yogurt, cereal, granola
Smoothies – once blended they will create a little crunch
Sprinkled on a Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich
Tossed into a veggie stir fry or salad
And if you want to take them one step further try the below:
Chocolate chia seed pudding:
1 1/4 cups almond milk or coconut milk
3 to 4 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup chia seeds
Mix all together and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours. Super tasty and healthy!
There are tons of recipes out there using chia seeds, I haven’t tried cooking or baking with them just yet- but I hope to try it out soon so stay tuned…
I’ve been seriously loving this salad. It’s perfect for a warm day, it even looks like summer with the bright watermelon chunks. It’s fresh, light, colorful, so tasty and easy to make. I’m hooked.
Arugula, watermelon, feta, red onion and toasted pine nuts, all you need.
I make my dressing by whisking together fresh lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and a splash of honey. Drizzle on top of the salad and enjoy immediately.
The peppery arugula and sweet watermelon topped with creamy feta makes a delicious combination. The pine nuts give that nutty flavor which is balanced by the sharpness of the red onion.