Baked Macaroni and Cheese – 5 Points +

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This baked macaroni and cheese recipe is easy to prepare as well as low fat. I have many variations for this traditional baked macaroni and cheese dish and this is the one I most recently prepared. The cayenne pepper adds a little spice and I prefer freshly ground pepper as well. I will serve this as a light main meal with a side salad for lunch or dinner. This recipe was prepared as a side dish to chicken loaf (a.k.a. meatloaf) or pork chops.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese – 5 Points +

I have loved baked macaroni and cheese since I was a kid. It’s the perfect comfort food. This is a healthy version and very tasty.


  • 2 cups dry macaroni (Dreamfields Elbows is used for this recipe)
  • 3/4 cup evaporated fat-free milk
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese (Horizon Organic: Low-fat Small Curd Cottage is used for this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese (Reduced fat – Cabot’s Sharp Cheddar is used for this recipe)
  • 1 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp. dry bread crumbs
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare macaroni according to instructions on the box.
  3. In a saucepan, heat milk over low heat.
  4. Add the cheeses (except Parmesan) until melted, stirring constantly.
  5. Drain pasta and place in a 2 quart casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray.
  6. Remove the cheese sauce from the heat then pour on top of cooked pasta.
  7. Stir and mix cheese and pasta well.
  8. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  9. Bake the casserole for 15-20 minutes until bubbly and the top is browned.

Preparation time: 10-15 minutes

Cooking time: 20-25 minutes

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)

Calories: 212

Fat: 3.3

Protein: 16.2

Entire recipe makes: 4 servings
Serving size is about: approximately 1 cup
Each serving = 5 Points +

PER SERVING: 212 calories; 3.3 g fat; 27.9 g carbohydrates; 16.2 g protein; 0.7g fiber


Broccoli and Shrimp Scampi – 7 Points +

Broccoli and Shrimp Scampi

Scampi does not have be heavy on oil and butter. In fact, this alternative recipe is very satisfying and makes a great main meal. A healthy pasta is used along with broccoli which adds a nice touch to this Italian favorite. A family member who loves a local restaurant’s version was open to trying a healthier version and loved it. She commented on how there was not a plateful of oil at the bottom and she loved the broccoli that was added. Without the heavy oil you can really appreciate and taste the other ingredients which is was makes this dish so good.
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LaaLoosh Joins the New Ultimate Weight Watchers Recipes Pinterest Board!

Ultimate Weight Watchers Pinterest Board

In case you missed my Facebook announcement last week, then you missed out on some exciting news I shared! I have teamed up with some of the absolute best food bloggers out there to create the Ultimate Weight Watchers Recipes Pinterest Board! That’s right…a TON of amazing Weight Watchers Recipes all in one convenient place. I’m a huge fan of all of these ladies, and I’ve tried many of, and have been inspired by many of, their incredible Weight Watchers recipes, so I’m truly honored to be a part of this. These women are top notch – so rest assured, the recipes posted on our board are the best of the best. And now we have all come together to give our readers an endless supply of delicious, healthy, and amazing Weight Watchers Recipe ideas. So if you are looking for a place to go to get some great ideas about what delicious diet friendly meals to make, this Pinterest Board will make your day. So check it out, follow it, bookmark it, share it with your friends, and visit it will NOT be disappointed!

Follow the Ultimate Weight Watchers Recipe Pinterest Board here!

Happy pinning, everyone!


Calculating Weight Watchers Points Plus Daily Allowance

Weight Watchers Points Plus Calculator

Many of you have emailed or submitted comments asking how to calculate your daily Points Plus allowance, so I thought it might be helpful to post all the details you need to help you out. First of all, if you are a Weight Watchers member, you really should just purchase their Points Plus calculator. It’s very inexpensive, and it allows you to not only track and calculate Points Plus values for foods, and the amount of Points Plus you’ve used in a day, it also will calculate your Points Plus allowance.

Another option, is to check out the page on my blog that provides you with some links on how to calculate your daily Weight Watchers Points Plus Allowance. On this page, I’ve provided direct links to free online Weight Watchers Calculators that were created by a fellow Weight Watchers member. She has put together some amazing WW cheat cheats that I highly recommend you check out, as they will help you:
– Determine your Weight Watchers Points Plus Daily Allowance
– Calculate Activity Points Plus
– Calculate Food Points Plus

Additionally, the site offers a great zero Points Plus Food List, a Filling Foods List, Good Health Guidelines, and TONS of other great tips and tools. I find it a lot easier to use than the Weight Watchers Online E-Tools!

I know that it is frustrating to many of us who’ve been struggling to find free Weight Watchers information…it’s really a shame that Weight Watchers has made that so difficult (P.S. Don’t be surprised if they make me take down this post!). But hopefully, as a community of Weight Watchers, we can continue to help and support each other and make our biggest struggle to shed the pounds vs. tracking down the tools that we need to follow the program.

And in the meantime, I’ll get back to working on some more free Weight Watchers Recipes!!

Thank you all for your support and for reading my blog. :)


Weight Watchers Recipes from Facebook Fans!!

Hey everyone!! If you aren’t a follower on our Facebook page, you’ve missed some fantastic recipes that our super awesome reader, Kimberly Kolkman Oliver has shared! Since we could all benefit from some more yummy, low calorie recipes, I figured I’d share them here too. And if any of YOU have an amazing recipe to share, please head over to our Facebook Page, “Like” it, and start sharing your recipes, people!

Keep reading to checkout Kim’s delicious Weight Watchers Recipes!!!

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Readers — I Need You to Weigh In!!!!

Don’t worry…I mean I want you to weigh in with your thoughts, not your actual weight :). In an effort to improve my blog and make it more helpful to all of us, I want to hear what YOU think. First of all…which system you are following: the old Weight Watchers Points Plan or the new Weight Watchers PointsPlus Program? And secondly, what are your thoughts about the new Points Plus Plan? What type of Weight Watchers Recipes do you like the most and are you always on the lookout for? Please comment below…your input and observations are so incredibly helpful to me and to fellow Weight Watchers, so please share!


I Just Learned the New Weight Watchers Points Plus Program!!

Ok, so here’s the deal, folks, I went to my Weight Watchers meeting this past Saturday and learned all about the new Points Plus Program. And of I bought a ton of materials to help me out – one of which includes the new Weight Watchers Dining Out Companion which is VITAL if you want to know the new Points Plus values for all your fave restaurants. The other must buy item was the new Points Calculator, which Weight Watchers now REQUIRES you to have if you want to figure out the new Points Plus values for everything you eat. Sad that it’s not the free, sliding Points Finder like before, which was so easy…..oh, and did I mention it was FREE?!? So, given that this digital Points calculator is a must, I ponied up the funds and bought it. I only paid $5.95 instead of the regular price of $11.95 — this was a special they were having through December, so folks, I highly recommend taking advantage of this item while it’s at such a good price, as there’s no way around it — you will NEED it if you want to follow the new Weight Watchers Points Plus plan. Which brings me to another topic of discussion — my recipes. In my previous post, I mentioned that I would be posting both the old Points value and the new Points Plus value for each new recipe. However, after much consideration and many emails from my readers, and please don’t hate me for this, but I’ve decided to post only the new Points Plus values for all new recipes. I realize that this may be a bummer for all of you who still wish to follow the Points plan, but in not too long, the old Points plan will be entirely irrelevant. With all of the old Points info online diminishing quickly, it’s just going to be too complicated and time consuming to include both Points values in my recipes. Additionally, the new Points Plus program really is great and makes a lot of sense. It also encourages healthier eating, which I really love. Since I’ve embraced the new program, I really hope that all of you will too. As for all my old recipes, for now, I will keep them as the old Points value, but may try to change that in the not too soon future. Together, we’ll get through the change and fully switch over to the new Points Plus plan! Stay tuned for my very first Points + recipe later today!!


New Weight Watchers Points Plan for 2011!!

If you are an active Weight Watcher, you’ve probably heard the hubbub about their new Points program that’s being launched for 2011 — it’s called the PointsPlus Plan! Now, I don’t really know a whole lot about it myself yet, as Weight Watchers is being really hush hush about it, but based on the UK’s version of it, which is called the Weight Watchers ProPoints Plan, here’s what we know so far:
* Instead of calculating a food’s Points on calories, fat and fiber, there will be more of an emphasis on the quality of the food. Brown rice will have fewer Points than white rice. A 100-calorie pack of cookies will have more Points than 100 calories of chicken breast, and so on.
* To encourage better food choices, fruit and most vegetables will have zero Points. Starchy vegetables, such as potatoes, corn and peas will not be in the free Points list.
* The minimum amount of Points assigned to people will be 29 Points, but they’ll also be given a weekly allowance of 49 Points as “Real Living” Points to be used on fun foods.

So that’s the scoop thus far. As I learn more about the program, I’ll make sure to keep you all posted. Some of you have asked how I’ll handle the calculation of my “Point Total” based on the new Weight Watchers Plan. What I will end up doing is including a Point Total for the new plan, but I’ll still include my regular Point Total as well, so those of you who remain on the old Weight Watchers Points plan, can still use the recipes. As for all my old recipes, I HOPE to go back and add the new Point Totals to each of those recipes in time, but first I will need to learn how Points will be calculated with the new PointsPlus Plan, and see how time consuming it will be to revamp all those old recipes.

For now, until I’m fully onto the new Weight Watchers Points Plus Program, I’ll still be posting recipes with my regular “Point Total”.

More info to come as I get wind of it!! Keep reading, and get ready and excited for a new year!!!!


How to Calculate Your Daily Point Total

As you’ll see in all of the low calorie recipes that I post, there is a “Point Total” given for each serving. And many of you have asked how to calculate your individual daily WW Points, in order to know the total number of points you are allowed to eat in a day. While I cannot tell you how to determine your Weight Watchers Points Target, as I am not affiliated with Weight Watchers, I can share with you the way to calculate your allotted daily point total for LaaLoosh Recipes. :) Simply answer the questions, and add up your score!

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My Weight Watchers Grocery List

I’ve decided to share my ultimate weight watchers shopping list with all of you in the hopes that you’ll find it helpful when you are at the store and can’t remember which diet friendly items to get. This list is comprised of my primary staple food items that I frequently cook with or use as ingredients in various weight watchers recipes. It also has great low calorie snacks and condiments that I have found to be key in helping keep me on track with maintaining my daily points value intake. Though this is not an official Weight Watchers grocery list, I’m sure their members, as well as any other dieter will enjoy having this helpful list on hand when at the market.

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Weight Watchers Talks Dairy and Dieting

Most people think that cutting dairy products from your meals will help you lose weight, as most dairy products are often laden with fat and calories. But Weight Watchers has an interesting take on what dairy can do for your diet. And they offer many great Weight Watchers recipes using a variety of dairy yumminess!

“It’s not just for dunking cookies. Read up on the latest research on the white stuff, plus get some yummy ideas for including it in your diet…”

Click HERE to read more


Weight Watchers and Applebee’s Are Being Sued


Here is an interesting piece of news. A woman in Cincinnati, OH sued both Weight Watchers and Applebee’s for false weight watcher points advertised on Applebee’s menu.

Cincinnati, OH—A Milford woman sued Applebee’s and Weight Watchers for inaccurately stating the amount of fat and calorie counts on the restaurants diet-conscious menu. The woman claims the “Cajun Lime Tilapia” from the Weight Watchers section on the Applebee’s menu had more Weight Watchers “points” and fat then what was advertised on the menu, as reported by
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Source: Marketing Law News