Now that finals are over and graduation behind us, the BOY has been coming to the grocery store with me. For the most part, I like this. He picks out meats to grill for dinner on my late work nights and it’s nice to have the company. On the contrary, I always spend more money when he tags along and he has lots of opinions about food (in general). Last week at the store, he decided he wanted Crabby Mac for dinner. I explained that that wasn’t going to happen with last week’s crazy work schedule, so when we were back at the grocery store yesterday, I suggested mac n cheese for dinner tonight.
Despite being a holiday, this morning began earlier than my usual Monday. After an active weekend (10 Miler recap to come…I’m just waiting on some pics from my running buddy), I scheduled a 7am workout with my trainer. I couldn’t keep my regularly scheduled appointment because I had an intense lower body massage to work on some hamstring adhesions.
My trainer didn’t take it easy on me, but I did ask if we could focus on my chest, arms, and back instead of my legs. My legs got their own work up during the massage when I just about jumped off the table as she found my hot spot (left ITB) and then another one (right proximal hamstring). I was sore, but the adhesion felt looser, so it was worth it when I emerged back into the sun light for a Starbucks Green Tea Latte.
We spent lunch with friends who smoked some incredible ribs. When the BOY and I arrived home at 4:30pm, I was ready to crash on the couch with some TV and email. Which is exactly what I did for 2 hours before getting started on dinner. I found this recipe online and decided to try it because it looked simple and quick.
I adapted it slightly to add in crab meat. The BOY was excited to dig into this cheesy dinner and somewhere in between bites, he looked over at me and said ‘Mmm…This is…Mmm…Delicious…Mmm!’ Count this recipe as ‘BOY APPROVED’!
I still have some emails to respond to and research to do before tomorrow, but I’m going to enjoy just a little more down time first.
Hope you had a nice long weekend! What did you do?
How did you spend your Memorial Day Monday?
Meal Planning 5/26/14
Monday: Easy Baked Mac N Cheese
Tuesday: Pork Chops and Mushrooms
Wednesday: ??? (I’m going to aerial yoga with my mom…will figure out dinner later)
Thursday: Baked Potato Bar (it was a huge success last week!)
Classic Baked Mac N Cheese
From Southern Living October 2009
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (10-oz.) block extra sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 (16-oz.) package elbow macaroni, cooked
1 package of imitation crab meat (optional if you want crabby mac)
Preheat oven to 400°. Microwave milk at HIGH for 1 1/2 minutes. Melt butter in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute.
Gradually whisk in warm milk, and cook, whisking constantly, 5 minutes or until thickened.
Whisk in salt, black pepper, 1 cup shredded cheese, until smooth; stir in pasta and crab meat (if desired). Spoon pasta mixture into a lightly greased 2-qt. baking dish; top with remaining cheese. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until golden and bubbly.