Happy Saturday everyone!! It's been raining here all day....I'm enjoying just sitting at home in sweats with a glass of red wine....more on that later....

Last night's dinner was a recipe for Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese from February's Shape magazine:

I put some broccoli on the side:

I liked this recipe. It was more cauliflower than macaroni but it didn't matter because the cheese sauce was good. I altered the recipe a bit, so here's my version:

Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese
Serves 4

1 small head cauliflower, cut into 1-inch florets
1/2 cup whole-wheat macaroni
1/2 small onion, diced
2 cups nonfat milk
1 bay leaf
2 T unsalted butter
2 T all-purpose flour
3/4 cup grated Gruyere, divided
2 tsp chopped chives
1 tsp Tabasco
1 tsp grated nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Cook macaroni until al dente. During the last two minutes of cooking time, add the cauliflower. Drain and set aside.

In a medium-size pot over medium heat, bring milk and bay leaf to a simmer. In a medium heavy saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add onion and sautee until translucent. Mix in flour and cook for 2 minutes. Remove bay leaf from milk and whisk milk into flour mixture; cook for 10 minutes more or until mixture comes to a simmer.

Add half the Gruyere and stir until melted. Add chives, Tabasco and nutmeg. Add salt, pepper and Worcestershire to taste. Spread macaroni and cauliflower evenly in a 10x12 inch ovenproof dish, pour sauce over bothy, and sprinkle with remaining Gruyere. Bake for 20 minutes.

Serving size: 1 1/2 cups
Calories: 267
Fat: 14g
Saturated fat: 8g
Carbs: 24g
Protein: 14g
Fiber: 3g

After dinner, I got the kitchen cleaned up, put the kids to bed and went to bed myself.

Breakfast was a new cereal that I bought at Jimbo's the other day: Graham Bumpers:

I put some raspberries, blackberries and vanilla almond milk on it. Verdict: I love this cereal! It reminds me of Cinnamon Toast Crunch butt less sugary and cinnamon-y. Hopefully it's a tad healthier too! :) I also had coffee with chocolate almond milk. I'm not really tasting any chocolate so I don't know if I'll repurchase this one.

Today's P90x video was Back & Biceps as well as the Ab Ripper. I don't find the Back/Biceps video to be super hard but I do try to challenge myself each time by doing more reps or upping my weights. The Ab Ripper was hard as usual.

For lunch I had leftovers from last night. It tasted even better today!

Then I did laundry, caught up on email, and put tonight's dinner in the crock pot: Chili. Perfect for a rainy night!

I had a snack of strawberries, raspberries and blackberries:

Then it was time for some Merlot:

And now I'm just reading blogs and relaxing with my wine. I'm in the mood to do absolutely nothing tonight. Have a great evening!


  1. Hi Melissa,

    I just clicked over here from my blog, Cookie Madness. Nice to meet another wine drinker! The question is, what kind of red is it? I have a new favorite called Apothid Red. Not sure if they have it in San Diego since the markets are so different, but it's about $10 and has a real chocolate mocha flavor.

  2. I've never been a big fan of macaroni and cheese but your photo and description has me craving it. Especially with the gruyere cheese! Thanks for the recipe - I'll definately be trying it.


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