First Up…. Macaroni and Cheese!

Okay, you guys like macaroni and cheese, don’t you? It showed up over and over and over again as the favorite dish you’d like to see lightened up… Your wish is my command! Let me start out by saying typical homemade macaroni and cheese has 400-600 calories per serving, which is NUTS!

I found this recipe at Gina’s Weight Watchers Recipes. You should check it out her site for the full recipe. I’ll just show you the steps. Her recipe has just under 300 calories per serving, which is still a little high, but so much better than it could be. Coming soon, I’ll post one with 200 calories and one with 100 calories… With mac and cheese, I think it’s similar to “you get what you pay for”– The 300 calorie option is definitely my favorite.

Enjoy!

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Start with a little diced onion.

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Melt some butter in a big pot and throw in some flour. You’re going to make a white sauce, baby!

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Add milk and chicken broth VERY gradually. Patience, my friends! This is a labor of love!

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Add whole grain noodles. I like the “Barilla Plus” brand.

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Add cheese to the white sauce and then stir in the noodles. YUM.

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Add a bunch of spinach. Because spinach is awesome. Seriously.

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Stick it into a greased casserole pan. Heat your oven to 350.

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Realize you don’t have any whole wheat breadcrumbs, but then realize you’re super crafty and can MAKE your own breadcrumbs. Put the whole wheat bread in the toaster and crumble it up. Yes! This is genius!
Or…. put the bread bag directly on the hot stove… and melt the bag.

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I. Am. Awesome.

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Mix the “breadcrumbs” with parmesan cheese, italian seasoning, and garlic powder.

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Sprinkle it on top and bake for a long time. I think Gina’s recipe says 20 minutes, but I probably did 20 and then broiled it on low for 5 to get the top nice and toasted.

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All plated up and ready to eat!
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