WIAW: White Cheddar Mac & Cheese

Dear Readers,

It has been six weeks since my last WIAW post and these are my confessions.  HA!  Kidding.  But really…  It feels like I’m sitting down in a confessional since it has been over a month since I’ve joined Jenn’s delicious link-up.

I could remind you about how busy life currently is, but that would be redundant and I’m sure that others are equally as {or even more} busy.  But really…  Life is crazy, in the best possible way.  Teaching, conferences and meetings before/after-school, tutoring, working at the running store, running, getting ready for a fabulously fun bachelorette weekend, doctor’s appointments, yada yada yada.  I’ll save those rambles for another time because today it’s all about the food.

Salty, sweet, chewy, crunchy, doughy, fluffy, I don’t discriminate.  But I do get cravings and hankerings for things that I just have to have and couldn’t live another minute without.  

Breakfasts lately have been pancakes, but bagels are a close second.  I’ve eaten enough tuna fish to sustain a small country.  Trader Joe’s needs to sell their Sweet Apple Chicken Sausages in larger packages, five is just not enough.  I ate a whole bag of frozen peas after working at the running store {and yes, I had already eaten dinner}.  Wegmans real crab sushi rolls and organic soups are my favorite to get when Ryan and I go on weekend lunch dates.  I forgot how tasty doughy, white carbs are #wheatbrainturnedwhite.  And how delicious Annie’s White Cheddar Mac & Cheese is.  Actually, anything cheesy sounds absolutely divine.  PB&J will forever steal my heart.  And all days that end with ice cream are good days!

Now, onto yesterday’s eats…


Breakfast:  It’s much easier for me to remember to take my vitamins when they’re gummies.  Two mini plain bagels topped with TJ’s creamy peanut butter + St. Dalfour Four Fruits Preserves with a side of {unpictured} frozen berries.


Mid-Morning Snack:  School was delayed due to Monday’s snow, so on my way in I stopped by Starbucks.  A handful of dates and a grande Coffee Light Frappuccino minus the frapp base, plus a banana.  It has a mild coffee taste with a hint of banana.  The only thing that could make it better would chocolate.


Lunch:  An apple, {unpictured peas and carrots}, PB&J sandwich on potato bread {current favorite bread!}, and  TJ’s honey pretzels.  More white carbs, swoon.  Oh, and a Diet Hansen’s because I had a stomach ache.  I suppose I do now have one confession to share since I was supposed to have given up candy and soda for Lent…


Afternoon Snack {unpictured}:  In the car on the way to my chiropractor appointment, I ate a banana and a Luna Bar.  I used to eat a Luna Bar almost every day a few years ago and I seem to be getting back into the habit.  Hate to admit it, but Quest Bars aren’t doing it for me anymore.


Dinner:  I’ll never forget when my momma first bought a box of Annie’s White Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese back when I was in high school.  I was bummed.  Bummed because I was so used to the traditional blue box…  But oh my, I quickly realized that there was more than silly shaped coated in orange cheese and I’ll never go back.  

For dinner I sautéed mushrooms with salt + pepper, added a handful of frozen peas, and poured a little jarred marina sauce into the pan.  While that was cooking, I cooked a box of Annie’s Whole Wheat Shells & White Cheddar {according to the directions} and warmed up a few frozen turkey meatballs from TJ’s.  The mushrooms and peas made a great base for the mac & cheese + meatballs, plus {salted} sliced tomatoes.  Definitely worth remaking again and again!


Dessert:  A generous scoop of Stonyfield’s Gotta Have Vanilla frozen yogurt with a few animal crackers + grapes.  Strange combo but it hit the spot.


P.S.  Check back tomorrow for a recipe for PB&J Energy Bites!  They’re no-bake and gluten-free!


Question:  What food{s} have you been craving?

Question:  What’s the strangest combo you’ve recently enjoyed?

— Allison


Whatcha Think?

  1. I have been craving cheese and spicy foods.

    I also only take vitamins if they come in the form of gummies.

    And your pasta creation looks delicious. I will have to try this out

    • When I was a child I took the Flintstones vitamins – now, if I think about them, they make me think of eating chalk 😛 I can’t believe I never tried gummy vitamins until this year… There’s no turning back now!

  2. I’m sorry you had a stomach ach at lunch. Sometimes soda, especially sprite or ginger ale help when my stomach is upset too. I used to love the shapes Mac n cheese when I was little but Annie’s really is the best! Hope your knee is feeling better.

    • Sorry for my super delayed response, Nicole! But thank you very much for all of the well wishes :) My mom never bought Kraft mac & cheese (the shapes) so it was always a treat when I’d eat it at a friends house.

  3. And now I REALLY want to try adding vegan “meatballs” to my next batch of mac & cheese. That sounds super tasty!

  4. My son and I debate the blue box all of the time! Yet, he loves Annie’s Mac and Cheese – I think he just likes to give me a hard time.

  5. I just had a pb&j for the first time in a long time this past weekend and it was SO good. I need to make those a regular thing again :) And now I want Annie’s white cheddar mac and cheese. There’s my craving!
    Strangest combo: dried figs, greek yogurt, and sunflower seed butter. Not too weird, but new for me! And delicious.

    • Figs + Greek yogurt + nut butter is always a delicious combo! I haven’t ever tried sunflower seed butter though… I’m a big peanut and almond fan :)

  6. Annies was my all time favorite Mac and cheese! It still is although my moms baked stuff now wins (aka what my stomach is filled with now). I never thought I’d convert from the blue box but it’s so freaking good!

    • My momma makes a delicious homemade mac & cheese – with breadcrumbs on top. I’ll have to ask her to make some soon, I haven’t had it in ages!

  7. Mmmm luna bars are so good. I remember the first one I had (smore) and it was perfection!!

    • Lemon Zest was my first flavor. I go through phases – sometimes I love it and other times I’d rather buy every other flavor but it.

  8. Mmmm.. Those bagels look amazing!


  9. I love Annie’s white cheddar shells, too! I like to add sauteed peppers and whatever other veggies I have on hand. I hadn’t thought of pairing it with meatballs, but sounds delicious. I enjoy a lot of odd food combos, as we all do, but at the present moment I can’t think of any.

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