Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. --Voltaire
Hello Sweet November. Its the first day of the new month. Clocks changed; it's darker earlier. Doesn't it feel strange? I suppose it matters where you live. In some regions, winter-like weather has hit hard and others not so much. Here, at Lake Tahoe we're experiencing an extended Indian Summer. It feels like September. Very odd after our cold spell. So I'm not really craving those high fat casseroles and hearty soups that hit you if you're prone to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). I'm still in the skinny, healthy go do it mode which I love to maintain year-round rain, snow, sleet or shine (but sometimes it's a challenge if Mr. Sunshine is AWOL and/or black ice is a frequent visitor)...
California Mac & Cheese(s)
2 cups cooked whole grain macaroni
Dishing up this pasta dish is enough for me. It's light, flavorful and creamy. The toasted bread crumb crunch is nice and tomatoes give it a nice bite. I'm a grazer. But sometimes, I will also pair this plate with fresh, warm whole grain bread (I buy mine at the grocery store; it comes from Truckee). Drizzle it with extra virgin olive oil and a tossed salad (romaine or spinach) splashed with vinegar, olive oil and parmesean cheese. Dessert? All natural dark chocolate ice cream sprinkled with walnuts.
Meanwhile, it's the month to boost your immune system with healthful foods and exercise. My article on swine flu was published today in Oracle 20-20 Magazine and available to read online and hard copy. It's a reminder to keep it healthy wherever you live. A nice fire, good night's sleep, swim day, walking dogs, making the house warm and cozy for fall is on the agenda. P.S. I feel like I'm 7 months pregnant--waiting for my new book The Healing Powers of Chocolate to make its debut during the holiday season.