The theme of the day was, "improvise"!
Matt and I had plans to head up to a nearby park after he got out of work to go for a 5 mile run around the reservoir. After driving a half hour up to the park, we realized we had forgotten Butters' leash. Fail. Sometimes we let him run off leash, but the weather was beautiful today and the park was filled with other people and dogs, so that wasn't an option. We were about to drive all the way home when Matt decided to rummage through the car to find a leash substitute. He came up with a large hook and a velcro strap. Problem solved!
Then we realized we forgot his doggy bags too. Oy. Matt actually braved the trash can and pulled a clean-looking plastic bag out of the recycling bin. Score! Don't judge.
I had been planning to make seafood for dinner when we got home from the park. It sounded perfect with the warm weather we're having, and I was half daydreaming about it all day long. Unfortunately, I totally forgot I had made plans to meet up with my friend Cathleen again tonight for our new yoga class. So, I had to nix the dinner I had planned and come up with something easy on the fly.
Broccoli mac & cheese never lets me down. This is such a cheater meal, but it's easy, fast and so good. I always keep a box of Annie's Homegrown organic mac & cheese in the pantry for nights when we need a quick meal. I love it because it's made with all natural and organic ingredients (no artificial coloring), and has way better nutrition stats than most box mac & cheeses. Each bowl has about 280 calories, 4.5 grams fat, 46 grams carbs, 2 grams fiber and 10 grams protein.
I make it according to the box's instructions, but then I add a wedge of The Laughing Cow Light swiss cheese and a bunch of steamed broccoli. We end up with bowls of cheesy pasta that have lots of volume from all the added veggies.
Sometimes you just gotta roll with the punches.