I can hear the chorus of "Hi Ash" coming to me from across the blogosphere. I appreciate it.
I used this recipe for the basis of my quinoa mac and cheese. I added spinach and asparagus (lightly sauteed, first) to my mac and cheese, and used a mixture of cheddar and pepperjack cheeses. I also topped the panko with a healthy dose of red pepper, to give it the kick that I always crave - especially at lunch time.
When the mac and cheese was done baking, I allowed it to cool, then portioned it out into 1 cup servings for lunch. The whole process took less than an hour, and I had lunch for a week (the F got some, too)! It doesn't get much better, and since quinoa is a great, high-protein grain, I didn't feel terribly about eating "mac 'n' cheese" for lunch.
I'm also not going to feel terribly about beginning my shopping for clothes for our honeymoon now. The F has informed me that no matter where we go (Italy and South Africa are both options he's considering) the weather will be in transition, so I need to be prepared to layer. I also need to be prepared to wear some fabulous shoes.
Manolo Blahnik via Bergdorf Goodman
These would be a wonderful piece for the trip, I think, since I could wear them with nearly anything and they'd be suitable for brunching or dinnering, whether on safari or in Tuscany. Right?!