Y’all. Life sure is crazy sometimes. As I’m sure you can tell by my lack of posts lately, I’ve had a lot going on these past couple of months, and I haven’t had time to blog for you lovely people. Heartfelt moment for a minute: I honestly have lost a lot of motivation recently too and thought about throwing in my proverbial blogging towel. I’ve just been struggling trying to find that work/life/blogging balance, you know? I was fully on the struggle bus pulling into frustration station as I tried to juggle everything in my life. Then life happened again.
It’s crazy how you can get a kick in the right direction at the strangest of times. So for those of you that don’t know, I love the food blog, Pinch of Yum. I’ve been following Lindsay for years and just generally love her blog. Well she hosts a couple of food photography workshops every season, and I found out that she was actually in need of some volunteers to help her with miscellaneous things during some workshops. Of course, I immediately applied as soon as I found out, but I didn’t think too much of it. Well I freaked out when I got the email from her office manager a couple of weeks later asking if I wanted to come up to Minneapolis to lend a hand. I couldn’t believe I was getting the chance to help out my favorite blogger!
As expected, the workshop was amazing and I had a blast helping out and meeting new people. One of the things that really resonated with me while at the workshop was creating your brand identity and how that relates to your photography style. Like obviously I know that I have a brand and I need to represent that in everything that I put out, but for some reason the way Lindsay described it really stood out for me. Maybe it was just because I was in awe of where I was and who I was learning from. Truly a special moment. And just like that, I got my mojo back!
And now here I am. Blogging again for you lovely people in this little corner of the Internet. It’s good to be back!
You know what else is good. Um, I mean great, delicious, and I absolutely can’t get enough of? This avocado macaroni and cheese. That’s right, friends. It’s all the cheesy goodness that you love in macaroni and cheese, but with avocado thrown into the mix. What’s even better? It’s actually healthier than regular macaroni and cheese. Can I get a what whaaaaaat?! You mean I can eat deliciously and not feel guilty? Heck yes you can! You deserve it.
What you will need:
- 3 cups of macaroni
- 1 cup of Mexican blend shredded cheese
- 1 cup of 2% milk (if you want to make it even healthier, feel free to do 1% or skim)
- 1 avocado
- ¼ of cilantro
- 1 tbsp of paprika
- ½ tbsp of cumin
- Salt and pepper to taste
Now for the fun part:
- Boil the macaroni according to the directions on the package.
- Meanwhile, bring the milk to a low boil. Once it’s boiling, add the cheese and stir until it’s completely melted. Turn off the stove and remove the sauce from the heat.
- In a food processor, pulse the avocado and cilantro until it’s finely chopped up.
- Add the cheese sauce to the food processor and pulse until it’s smooth. You can leave some chunks of avocado if you want.
- Pour the cheese sauce over the macaroni and add the spices. Mix well and serve!