Friday, January 24, 2014

Gluten-Free Friday: Annie's Individual Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese Cups

I have been a fan of Annie's gluten-free mac and cheese for awhile now, and always keep a box or two stocked in the pantry.  It's easy and delicious, and it makes for a nice comforting side dish - plus it's really affordable, I can usually get it for around $2 a box at Target.  Affordable is always a bonus in the GF food market!

So when I recently got a coupon for the Annie's mac and cheese cups and realized that they included the gluten-free variety in their offerings, I knew I had to try them.  I used to eat Easy Mac back in college on occasion and was a fan, so I thought it would be nice to have something convenient like that on hand.  

The instructions are simple - add water, microwave, add cheese powder, and stir.  It was ready to eat in less than five minutes.

I was expecting it to taste like the regular gluten-free mac and cheese, which is tasty, but I was surprised to find that not only was it different, I actually liked it more!  It was much richer, had a bolder flavor, and was practically gooey with cheesy goodness.  The noodles also cooked evenly and still had a nice texture to them.  

I will definitely be keeping these around in my pantry along with the boxes of mac and cheese, and I have stashed a cup in my desk drawer at work too since I like to have some safe food on hand just in case I forget my lunch or get extra hungry one day.  These cups are also going to be great for traveling (provided there is access to a microwave of course), since all you need to add is water.  I definitely recommend you give them a shot!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Radio Silence

So, if you follow this blog, you've probably noticed I have petered out to very few posts then total radio silence for the last few weeks.  Do I have a really good reason?  Honestly, no.  I haven't moved, or had a baby, or anything interesting or life changing at all.  I've just let the details of life get in the way.  My job has been super busy, and I'm generally exhausted by the time I get home, and the last thing I wanted to do after staring at a computer screen all day at work was stare at a computer screen at I just let it all fall to the wayside.

I still plan my meals and we still cook pretty much every single night, but we haven't done anything new or fresh.  The closest I've come to something different was last night when I busted out a jarred mango coconut sauce to toss in with the shrimp I was stir frying (which was delicious...but jarred sauce does not a recipe make).  I do have a few product and restaurant reviews in mind for posts, so I'll have something new and GF-food related coming soon even if it's not a recipe!

I let fitness slide too - I've been really unhappy with the weight gain I experienced after moving to Florida and starting my job, and all I was really managing to do was go running a few days a week.  I trained for then did a couple 5Ks at the end of last year, which helped me feel more fit, but not look more fit.  So this week I started P90X3 with my husband (day 3 and I'm already ridiculously sore...but still moving!).  I've eyed the P90X workout before and always found it too intimidating, but this new one is entirely 30-minute workouts, and since I have to get up before work to do them it's a lot more manageable in my mind.  Hoping that by having a regular schedule to follow and my husband's support I'll stick with it and get into fighting shape by day 90!  I don't want to let the running fall by the wayside though because I do like doing 5Ks, so will have to kick up my post-workday motivation to go in the evenings a few days a week too.  It's not particularly cold here, so that's not a deterrent, but I've been using the early sunsets as an excuse because I dislike running in the dark.  Days are slowly getting longer, though!

I also really want to get back into a regular yoga practice, which I am bad about doing, but when I do I always feel more centered, calm and mentally productive.  Getting that going this week too - heading to a yin yoga class at a new (to us) studio with a girlfriend tonight for 90 minutes of deep stretch and relaxation.  I've never done slow yoga before, I tend to stick to the flow style, so I'm pretty excited to try it!  I also really like the idea of making it a more social thing for motivation/accountability, so hopefully we will like this studio and will want to go once or twice a week.  

Looking forward to getting back in the swing of things!

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