Cauliflower Mac N Cheese and not a PR

After staying up late and sleeping in three days in a row, when the alarm went off, I was like “hells no!”  So I slept 45 more minutes and ditched my trip to the gym. 😀  Instead I read blogs, drank coffee and tried to warm up on our first true cool fall day.  I’ll get my sleep pattern back on track soon – but I did enjoy the extra 45 minute snuggle with Tony. 😀

While I have a lunch/dinner meal plan for the week, I decided to wing breakfasts – its usually easy to do.  Mine was easy – small bagel with zucchini egg whites and 1/2 ounce of brie cheese – 9 delicious and filling points.

Since finding my GPS app on my blackberry, I decided to track my run.  I told Tony that while I mapped it in my car, I was worried that when I got done I’d look down and it would say 1.7 miles!

Well, I was off, but not by much.  So basically I haven’t been running a 5k all this time, it’s actually 2.87 miles and yesterday I ran it in 33:11 – which wasn’t too bad because it was windy, and I forgot my socks so I ran sockless and formed a nice blister on the inside of my right foot. 😦

I have now mapped a 5k and now know where I should start and finish.  I am still pushing for a sub 30 minute 5k this fall. 😀

I bought a HUGE cauliflower last week and never did anything with it – so I decided to try another version of mac n cheese – this time I used 1 cup of chicken broth in place of one of the cups of milk – still creamy, still cheezy and it comes in at 7 points per cup.

Cauliflower Mac N Cheese

  • 6 cups cooked cauliflower (I just cook mine in the microwave on fresh vegetable setting – I still kinda like a crunch to mine)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 7 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard (Tony didn’t like the mustard taste, I was like yum!)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

For topping:

  • 2 tablespoon whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon butter

Cook the caulifower in the microwave, when cool to touch, chop into bite size pieces.  Cook macaroni 2 minutes less than package directions and drain.  In a stock pot, melt butter.  Add flour and cook for 1 minute.  Slowly add the 1 cup chicken broth and 1 cup milk.  Once thickened remove from heat and stir in shredded cheese, mustard, salt and pepper and mix until the cheese is all melty.  Yep, I think melty is a good word.

Mix the 2 tablespoons bread crumbs with 1 teaspoon of butter and sprinkle over the top – bake at 350 for 20 minutes.  Try not to burn your mouth when you want to take a bite straight out of the oven.

I had 1 cup of mac n cheese with a whole can of green beans.  I love canned green beans, especially sprinkled with Tabasco, salt and pepper. 😀  This whole bowl is 7 WW points.

We have a client coming to our office today and I wanted to bake some breakfast goodies, so I put our freezer to work and defrosted my buffalo chicken chili and made chili mac for dinner.   With some tortilla chips for dipping and some cheese, dinner comes in at 10 points.

Have you ever used this pasta before?  I had never seen it, but they had Barilla brand pastas 10 for $10 – I really liked it.

But then I remembered I forgot the peppers!  Holy shizz, these were hot.  Serano peppers are so all over the map – sometimes I buy them and I can eat them like an apple, and other times they burn my face off. 😀

Stats for Tuesday:

  • 31 points (includes 5 points for wine) 😀
  • 45 minute walk/run (includes 33:11 2.87 run)
  • average blood sugar 139

Okay, I went to bed early last night and I am up early.  I have to be at the office early today, so I plan to get a 30 minute walk in – just waiting for it to get light out, it’s 6:00 a.m. and it’s pitch black out still.   Make it a great day!

Oh, and here is a picture of my shoes I got at the thrift store – I wore them to work yesterday – so comfortable!  According to Helen and Marianne, I got these at quite the steal at $14!

Still a couple days to enter my 3 year blogavesary!



33 thoughts on “Cauliflower Mac N Cheese and not a PR

  1. Hey, I’ve got a cauliflower mac and cheese posting today also. I added broccoli as well to up the veggies and accidently bought CHOPPED broccoli and the pictures make it look freakishly green. It was good though!! Yours sounds awesome, I would like the mustard too.

  2. Well, at least now you have a good 5k course! You’re doing great!
    I just ate pancakes for breakfast but now you have me craving a bagel…….your pictures always do that to me……lol.

  3. That sounds and looks great! My little guy loves mac n cheese and veggies, and so do I. 🙂 How do you cook fresh cauliflower in the microwave?

    That’s so neat your phone has GPS. I bet you can get a sub-30 5k soon. Do you do most of your runs slow or fast?

  4. The shoes are great! What a bargain.

    Keep up the great work on your running, there’s definitely a sub 30 5K in your future!

  5. Barilla pasta is the #1 best selling pasta in Italy. When we lived there 10 years ago, they had great television commercials, huge billboards along the roads, and pride of place on grocery shelves. I think it’s great. They also make a whole grain pasta line which is what I buy these days.

  6. That mac & cheese looks fantastic! A great way for me to get Natie to eat more veggies too – not freeze dried like Kraft either!
    I’m so glad I’m not the only one who loves canned green beans. (blush)

  7. I so want cauliflower and cheese now. I LOVE IT. And the added bonus of the mac is such a good idea. YUM.

    That app on your phone is neat-o! That is going to be such a great thing to have to keep track.

    Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday Biz – say hi to Tony & Hannah for me 🙂

  8. That mac and cheese is on the menu for tomorrow night, I just decided. Looks great. I probably couldn’t pull it off with just cauliflower and now pasta (which I’ve seen recipes for) b/c hubby would poo poo it – I know this will be okay with him, even with the mustard!

    What a great phone app – so you don’t need a pedometer. I have to look into that for my iphone!

  9. I really like using veggies in mac n chees- a great way to lighten it up. You will hit that sub 30 5k, i know it!! Have a good day

  10. My regular mac and cheese recipe has a teaspoon of dried mustard in it. You don’t actually taste it but it seems to make the cheese taste more pronounced. Cauliflower is on sale this week and I’m going to try your recipe and another I saw yesterday. I love recipes that other people have tested. 🙂

  11. I now have a major craving for mac n cheese!

  12. The mac and cheese looks delicious!! Super cute shoes!

  13. Man, I have a craving now for mac and cheese! Must make this recipe tomorrow!
    We are actually experiencing a heat wave here in Washington state, so when it’s a little cooler I’m going to make your dads soup!! 🙂

  14. Mac and cheese is such a comfort food–yours looks delicious! I had an experience with some hella hot jalapenos yesterday. Whoo. It’s so weird how they’re never consistent.

  15. Yum. I love the sound of chili mac. How comforting.

  16. Great job on the run! Keep it up. I don’t think that you will have any trouble hitting a sub-30 minute 5K. I think that just running a race pushes me to go faster than my normal training runs. I actually cried the first time I came in under 30 min. You can definitely do it!!

  17. We call that past a Shreck Ears. That’s what my kids think they look like. Looks Yummy!

  18. Nice shoes!

    That pasta is so cute! They don’t seem to make the fun shapes in whole wheat, which is what I pretty much buy now.

    I keep wanting to send you some blister bandaids – I swear, those things make it seem like you don’t even have a blister. Of course, you can’t take them off for a few days, but they do allow you to get your run on fairly pain-free!

    • I’ve never heard of those! I walked 3 miles this morning and after the first mile I got used to the pain, I biked at lunch but when I got off, man it hurt! I’ll see if my CVS has them – thanks Shelley!

  19. Boo for blisters. That mac and cheese looks good. I should try it with broccoli…

  20. i want one mac n cheese now i cant wait more

  21. Your cauliflower mac & cheese sounds great! The toddler loves mac & cheese, and I bet he’d love this version! I’ll have to make it!

    Campanelle is my favorite pasta shape, but I haven’t been able to find it for a while!

  22. Ah, sorry that route wasn’t as long as it was supposed to be but keep your chin up, you’ll get under 30 minutes during fall! Good times!

    And that pasta is an interesting shape; never seen that! And love the addition of the cauliflower! 🙂

  23. Yum, I love cauliflower, I’ve never tried it with cheese though! Cute shoes!!

  24. You’ll get that PR! keep up the good work my friend.

    I need to try cauliflower mac & cheese. I get cauliflower in our CSA sometimes and NEVER know what to do with it!

  25. I have tried a couple of dishes that pair pasta with cauliflower and I didn’t like them, of course yours with the cheese and mustard sound incredible!

    Nice job on the shoes, I love a bargain.

  26. I can’t even see the cauliflower in the mac n cheese. The whole dish sounds great to me!

  27. That mac and cheese looks awesome. The whole meal looks great and I love that you added some green to it. I should buy some cauliflower although i hate to admit I can’t recall seeing any at the commissary.

  28. I’m drooling over your cauliflower mac! That looks sooooo good. And I love saving money at Goodwill! Those shoes are cute and the best part is that they look new!

  29. If there’s one food/meal that takes me back to my mom’s home cooking, it’s chili over pasta. I enjoy it best this way and it’s so….darn…good!

  30. I just made your cauli mac for dinner. AMAZING!!! My mother and my son also loved it. Thanks for another great recipe!

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