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Tasty Mac and Cheese

Some say that macaroni and cheese is the ultimate in comfort food. While I agree, this old-time favorite makes a special appearance  just a few times during the year in my household.  As well,  holiday meals are simply incomplete without this cheesy indulgence.  Just a few years ago, I remember making a special trip to the grocery store on Christmas morning because this all important dish was not included on the menu -- the family was in uproar!!

Try it out and you may never go back to the 'box'!

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups organic whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ - ¾ cup Sautéed Onion & Garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups grated Cheddar (about 6 ounces)
  • ½ cup Asiago Cheese
  • Tex-Joy or season salt

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 2-quart baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter and set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold running water. Drain well.
  • Sauté onion and garlic in the remaining 5 tablespoons butter in a heavy 3-quart saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the flour, and stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, cook over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes, being careful not to let the flour brown.
  • Using a whisk, add the milk in a steady stream and cook, whisking constantly, until thick and smooth, 4 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Add the salt, pepper, Tex-Joy or Season salt, and 2 cups of the cheese, and stir well.
  • Add the noodles and Asiago cheese and stir well.
  • Pour into the prepared dish.
  • Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of cheese evenly over the macaroni and bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 25 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

Motivation to Change

Motivation to exercise and eat right! Why don’t we have it? How do we get it? Change in our routine may be necessary from time to time.  Have you ever thought if I have to get on that treadmill one more time or hear that instructor tell me what to do with her bubbly smile, I will scream?  If you are not willing to try something new, you will eventually quit all together.

Sometimes we get stuck in a rut doing the same things over and over and then wonder why nothing is working and why we have lost our motivation.  We want to be healthier, stronger, have consistency in our habits and of course, see results, but we are not always willing to change a behavior.  So we lose our motivation to keep going because we are bored and begin to think nothing is working.

Another reason we may lose our motivation is that we are holding to the same thing that motivated us in the past and then wonder why it is not working.  It may be time to think of a new motivation.  For example:   20 years ago, the only reason I exercised was for my appearance.  Today, I do still care about how I look  (lets all be honest), but if I tried to use my looks as my ONLY motivation to eat right and exercise, I would probably quit on those days I could care less how I look.   My motivation to live healthy is to set a good example for my children, to have a higher quality of life and most of all .... be the best I can be physically and mentally for myself and my family.

To have results in our health, fitness and life, we need to be willing to make changes even if they are small.  I once had someone say to me, you may not be able to do what you want to do, but WHAT CAN YOU DO. Here is a little tip, try logging your exercise and food for one week to see if you are really eating what you think you are or exercising hard enough.  Are your eating healthy food but your portions are way too big, are there hidden calories that you never thought of, or are you sabotaging your workouts by ending it with a 300 calorie drink? Once we identify behaviors that may need to change, and connect with our motivation, we can then begin to have consistent behaviors that bring us results.

Our health is a lot like our spiritual growth.  We pray for something new, but all we do is pray when God may be calling us to step outside of comfort zone, take a risk, or be open to new opportunities.  What worked in the past may not be working any longer.  We are not open to new things because we know that is not what would work for us.  It did not work in the past so why would it now. I have a new favorite verse Isaiah 42 :9

Behold, the former things have come to pass.  Now I declare new things: before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.

How about this quote, which for me personally, can be kind of painful-

“If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior.”

William Glasser

Forget about what may have worked in the past, think about something new.

What is your new behavior and motivation?

To learn more about how to be fit for life by creating a  plan just for you with your personal Wellness Coach, contact me crystal@crystalclearchange.com or 409-550-7606