Cooking in my house has turned into a bit of a circus. I don’t eat meat and Colin makes up for it. Which is fine, we eat a balanced diet–a P90X diet. I have relied on this site for a lot of help as far as recipes go because really you can only eat steamed veggies and bocca burgers for so long before you just don’t want to eat anymore.
Well I saw this recipe and knew I wanted to try it as I LOVE mac and cheese. My grandmother makes it every year for Thanksgiving and our family reunion. But Tony Horton doesn’t live by the same mantra that my grandmother does…”If it doesn’t taste right add a stick of butter…still not right add some sugar!” I love that woman but I don’t know how she doesn’t weight more than she does!
So on to how I made this delish guilt free Mac N Cheese:
Take this recipe and multiply it by 3!
Seriously! You will have a TON of M’n’C! Quick back story: When we were grocery shopping I bought a bag of 24oz elbow noodles. When we got back from shopping, not taking the recipe with me or looking at it before we left, I promptly cooked all the noodles. So then I had to multiply the recipe by three! If you don’t want to do that then here are the changes that I made–and it makes it OH SO much better!
Delete the yogurt
Add 1/3 c egg beaters (1 c if making 24 oz of pasta)
1/4 t garlic powder
1/4 t onion powder
1/4 t basil (the secret sauce!)
**we found as fat-free a cheese as we could find (mexican mix)
Cook noodles, mix all other ingredients together. Add noodles then bake!
I divided it into two baking dishes and baked until brown on top at 350.
It is so good and it has fat free cottage cheese, as fat free as you can find yellow cheese, and egg beaters! After I mixed the cheeses and seasoning i wanted to sit down with a bowl of chips and watch House of Lies.
SO good! And good for you!
One week down, 12 more to go!! It sounds like a lot but I think we’ve done pretty well this first week of P90X. We have learned a lot and pushed our bodies, and just as our muscles are starting to stop hurting we start week 2 tomorrow. Let me run through the numbers if anybody has found this blog and is keeping track.
Food: We bought a carton of skim milk and went through it in less than a week, so I think we’re gonna have to buy two cartons at a time. We use it in our protein shakes and so we’re going through 2 cups (one for each of us) at a time, or sometimes more if we are trying to burn a dairy box. We did have to pick up an extra bag of frozen mixed veggies from Sam’s and my one box of bocca burgers only lasted a week. I’ve never cooked tofu and frankly I don’t know that I want to start learning. I will say that we’re going to start investigating more menu options from this lady as I’m already bored.
Equipment: Colin had to borrow a set of 10lb weights and he has a set of 20lbs. Some of the arm exercises he realized that he needed to go down in weight. My 5lb weights are perfect and our chin-up bars are well….who doesn’t love a chin-up bar?! We did not initially buy a yoga block but since we’re not coming straight off the Cirque du Soleil we need the extra help. Touching the floor and the entire bottom of my foot is something I did when I was a cheerleader….back in 2003!
P90X: So far Mr. Tony Horton has been great. I love his energy and he really keeps it all interesting. I will say that Plyometrics is from the devil himself, but at the same time I am looking forward to week 12 when I can kick its ass! Even though the Yoga is very difficult I know that I will get where I need to be to be able to do it well. Kenpo is for sure probably one of my favorites! My only problem is I’m not very coordinated and so it’s also the one that I had to pause so I could get into my groove and not let him distract me… I also had to say what I was doing loud enough that I could override him but still be able to hear when it was time for the next sequence. “Jab, Cross, Hook, Uppercut…(pause, listen still going)Jab Cross—“ My poor neighbor, sorry Whitney for the 5 am Tae-Bo like session.
LOVE working out with Colin, he is a great support both mentally AND in actually supporting me on certain exercises. I also love that I’ve gotten 4 additional people doing the program with us! One of them I work with so it’s nice to not be the only one moving like a granny!
I’m struggling with the food bit, as I think my body is starting to scream at me the stuff that it misses, aka sugar! I did lose it the other day and while I was at my Aunts I broke down and ate a skinny cow ice cream sandwich. I was trying to justify it to Colin last night, “The ice cream was one dairy serving and the cookie was my carb serving!” Colin said, “It’s not about the fall, it’s about getting back up!” Thanks boo.
That’s all I got for today, questions, comments, problems post below and I will respond! Until next time:
Get Your Mind Right and Bring IT!