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20 Minute Mac & Cheese…Your Way

by Courtney on November 3, 2010

I’m glad to see that you are all as excited about my Chocolate-Caramel Apple Cookies as I am! I’m tellin’ ya…it is not easy having these babies in the house. :shock:

I have a pretty good workload ahead of me this evening, between school work and house work (it never ends!) so tonight’s post is gonna be a quick one.

I never ended up snapping any photos of breakfast today, but I can tell you that I enjoyed a big ‘ol hunk of my Cranberry Apple Bread, a banana, and a big handful of these goodies.

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Speaking of my Cranberry Apple Bread…you guys want in on the recipe??? Be sure to check out Heather’s blog for my Handmade Christmas Kitchen guest post! Sorry I had to hold out on you all, but it’s now up and free for the taking! :)

Today’s lunch was simple but fantastic, thanks to my little combo of Pumpkin Yogurt:

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I combined a vanilla flavored Chobani with about 1/3 cup pumpkin, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. I definitely ended up making a “yogurt mess” out of it by adding in some Quaker Oatmeal Squares too. It was decadent. :-P

I also included a little more of the usual suspects…

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Workout

After work, I hit up the gym for an awesome workout. I started out by doing 20 minutes of HIIT on the treadmill, using the following intervals:

20 seconds @ 9.0mph

40 seconds @ 4.2mph

It was short (which is what HIIT should be) but intense! I followed up my HIIT with a BodyPump class which definitely has my muscles sore already. Our instructor switched around a few of the tracks today, some of which were tougher than I anticipated. :shock:

Dinner

Done and on the table in 20 minutes…LOVE IT!

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I cooked up a box of Annie’s Shells & White Cheddar according to the directions on the box. Once the mac & cheese was prepared, I added in:

  • 1 can solid chunk tuna
  • 1 can Italian-style diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 bag frozen peas, cooked

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This was really a killer combo! And really, there’s a ton of possibilities for this dish: just pick a protein and some veggies, and you’re good to go. I’m so excited that I have some leftover for lunch tomorrow. :-D

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Alright folks, it’s time to get back to work…and don’t be surprised if a cookie or two gets consumed in the midst of it all.

Have a great night!! :-D

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1 Jenny November 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm

You can’t really go wrong with a snack called “Powerberries.” I love simple yet scrumptious dinners! I really should try one of Annie’s pasta products.

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2 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] November 4, 2010 at 12:09 am

love Annie’s x infinity <3

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3 leashieloo November 4, 2010 at 9:49 am

I’ve been meaning to try those Powerberries, are they way delish?

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4 Courtney November 9, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Annie’s is delicious! and your yogurt looks tasty too :)

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