One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mac n' Cheese Please ~ Health Update

We have tried a few healthier versions of Macaroni and Cheese, but haven't really found one we all like.  Of course, this is a tough dish to replace that ooey, gooey cheese sauce we all like.

After searching the Internet, I found a few that may taste pretty good.  I baked Sweet Potato Mac' n' Cheese, and we loved it!  It doesn't have that cheesy taste you get with a cheese sauce but my kids devoured this. 

The ingredients are simple, and some day, I hope to be making my own cottage cheese from scratch (or ricotta).  I know we will be adding "sweet potatoes" to the garden this year also.  For our dish, I used whole wheat penne noodles. Very simple, and very good.  I had broccoli as a side dish.  

I've had two good meals in a row, so the family is counting on me.  I'm back to searching for clean eating dishes, and hopefully find a delicious dish again.

As for the update, hubby and I have been back to the gym for over a week now.  I continue to walk on the treadmill at home and we are already feeling much better. However, I am going back to the doctor today and hopefully, they can finally put an end to my ear trouble and sinus issues.  

Recycling updates:  I've been collecting plastic cheese bags for the school.  I  hope to be sending in our first shipment this week.  The school receives $.02 for each one I ship in, and the landfills will be a cleaner place.  


Candy C. said...

I'm glad you are feeling better!
How cool that you found another way to incorporate sweet potatoes into your diet, they are so good and good for you!

Kim said...

Are you talking about the zip top bags that shredded cheese comes in? Tell me more about where you send them please.

Kristina said...

Kim, I signed up with Terracycle on-line. You can choose any item to recycle and ship in, and designate where the cash is sent. I am not sure if there are any openings for cheese bags still, but if you google it, you can look over all the items they will take.

Kristina said...

Candy, it tastes just as good reheated for lunch today also. Yum! BTW, I am making your baking mix soon :)

nancypo said...

Good for you on healthier eating! I'm cleaning up mine too, and losing weight, woo woo!

labbie1 said...

Sweet potatoes are so good for you too! I had my first baked sweet potato last year. I know--don't judge! It was good!

Many of the places around here have sweet potato fries. Not sure they are any better for you than regular fries but a change of pace...

Glad to hear the exercise is going go girl!