Tuesday, October 2, 2012

110/365: Soul Food for Busy Creatives

Today I made:

"moody mac & cheese"...

Feeling a little out of sorts with hubby out of town, so I decided to treat myself to some comfort food for dinner and some more comfort food for my creative soul. The second bit was easy. Kelly Rae Roberts' e-course and blog are packed with wisdom & inspiring messages that are putting my anxious mind at ease. That is where I want to spend my creative time tonight. Even during my art lull, I feel like I'm still making progress on my creative dreams by learning and dreaming about a creative business.

"Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body."  ~Marcus Tullius Cicero

The dinner part was pretty simple too. I used what I had on hand and concocted something that would fill my cheeks with yummy bites and smiles. This could have been made with much more of a gourmet flair, but for a solo dinner I always reach for quick and easy.

- a box of macaroni & cheese or Velveeta shells & cheese (or if you're feeling motivated, you could make it from scratch)
- feta cheese, 1/4 to 1/2 cup 
- mushrooms, 1 to 2 cups
- spinach, 1 or 2 large handfuls
- applewood smoked bacon (I only had turkey bacon and it still turned out yummy, but go with the real deal for added "comfort" ;)
- onion
- pepper
- milk & butter optional for box mac & cheese 

I used the lower end of ingredients cooking just for myself. The beauty of this recipe is that once everything is prepped, you can stir in however much of the ingredients you like, adding more or less of whatever you like to fill your bowl with.

Prepare mac & cheese according to package instructions. Once you've mixed in milk, butter & cheese packet, (or stirred in the Velveeta) sprinkle in the feta cheese so it melts in a little; add pepper to taste. Chop bacon into little strips and fry (or fry whole & crumble after); degrease on paper towel. Chop mushrooms (I like 'em chunky) and a little onion to taste; saute together. Add the spinach to the saute towards the end, just enough to cook it down a tad, but leave it a little leafy. I totally forgot to add spinach to mine tonight until I was looking for a garnish. It was yummy without, but the greens give it some substance...and I like to pretend that it balances out the not-so-healthy ingredients. 

This recipe is going in my "I'd rather be painting" series. It's short on time and big on comfort and flavor.
Bon appetit! 

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