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

Veggie-Go’s Chewy Fruit and Vegetable Snack – 0 Points +


If you’ve ever been a fan of Fruit Roll-Ups or other fruit leathers, you are going to be super excited about today’s Fabulous Food Find! Veggie-Go’s Chewy Fruit and Vegetable Snacks are the much healthier and lighter version of store bought fruit leathers, like Fruit Roll-Ups. Now you can enjoy snacking on a tasty treat that is completely void of artificial ingredients, artificial colors, preservatives, and the other garbage that today’s foods are sadly filled with. Veggie-Go’s are organic, Non-GMO, have no added sugar, are Vegan and are 0 Points Plus each! Oh, and they are delicious. Perfect for kids’ lunch boxes or after school snacks too. I love stashing a few of these in my purse for when I need a quick, healthy treat. Keep reading to learn more…

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So Delicious Dairy-Free Coconut Milk Frozen Organic Minis- 2 Points +

So Delicious Coconut Milk Dairy-Free Frozen Organic Minis

Whether you eat Vegan or not, these tasty little frozen dessert bars from So Delicious are an absolutely delicious Weight Watchers treat! Made with coconut milk, they are dairy-free, certified vegan, certified Kosher, certified organic, certified gluten-free and Non-GMO! WOW!! That’s a lot of awesomeness packed into a sweet little frozen dessert! And not only are they creamy and delicious, but they are also just 80 calories per bar and only 2 Points Plus each. This is one dessert you can really feel good about.

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Australian Mountain Bread – 2 Points +

Mountain Bread

A while back, I came across this Mountain Bread in the refrigerated section at my local Whole Foods store. They looked pretty big, and the nutritional stats indicated that they were only 2 Points + per sheet. So I bought a pack, took them home, and put them to the test, and they were truly fantastic! They are thin and light, but when wrapped around your favorite light wrap fixins’, they are a perfect way to make a big, hearty wrap that is still low in Weight Watchers Points. I’ve eaten them with cold wraps, but prefer to use them with a heated wrap, like this Roasted Red Pepper Wrap. Mountain Bread has only 3 ingredients—flour, water, salt…that’s it! No yeast, no dairy, no cholesterol, no stabilizers, no added sugar, no oil, no artificial ingredients. All varieites have wheat–except Spelt. I used the Natural Mountain Bread Variety, but there are lots of others to choose from (Click HERE to see all the varieties they offer). They also have a long shelf life – 60 days at room temperaure. Freeze for up to 12 months with easy defrost and STILL GET THE 60 DAYS! Sooooo good! Keep reading to learn more…

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gimMe Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks – 1 Points +

GimMe Roasted Seaweed Snacks

A good friend of mine has been munching on these gimMe Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks a lot recently, and when she told me that each pack was only 1 Points Plus, I totally understood why. I know what you are thinking though…roasted seaweed…for REAL? But when I decided to give some a try myself, I found them to be crunchy, flaky, salty, and absolutely delicious. These paper thin sheets of seaweed is the same stuff that is used in wrapping many sushi rolls. So, if you’ve had sushi, you can get an idea of the taste. Except these are crispier, and more flavored, so they make a fantastic healthy and low calorie snack to have, sans the sushi roll. Keep reading to learn more…

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Mamma Chia Squeeze Vitality Snack – 1 Points +

Mamma Chia Squeeze Vitality Snack

Today’s Fabulous Food Find features a snack that I originally bought for my 2 year old, but then started to enjoy myself. It’s Mamma Chia Squeeze Vitality Snack, which is a 3.5oz, 70-calorie pouch of pureed fruit, infiltrated with healthy chia seeds. The lightweight, on-the-go squeeze pouch is not only a wonderful and nutritious snack for children, it’s a perfect treat for busy grownups who want to enjoy a delicious snack that is just 1 Weight Watchers Point. And if you aren’t familiar with all the fantastic benefits of chia seeds, take a minute to check out these 10 Reasons to Add Chia Seeds to Your Diet. These Chia Squeezes are really quite tasty and though they do not require refrigeration, are extra good when cold or almost frozen. Each pouch boasts 1200 mg of Omega-3 (wow!), 4g of fiber and 2g protein. Plus, Chia Squeeze is organic, non-GMO certified, vegan and gluten free. Need another reason to try them? Shipping from their online store is FREE for ALL ORDERS right now! You can find them at many health food markets and mainstream grocery stores too. Keep reading to learn more….

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Dave’s Gourmet Pasta Sauces 1- 4 Points +

Dave's Gourmet Pasta Sauces

Recently, I had the chance to try some new pasta sauces from Dave’s Gourmet in San Francisco. Since I often rely on pasta as a go to meal for the family when I’m having a lazy day, I am always on the lookout for new and delicious pasta sauces that are not only delicious and low in Weight Watchers Points, but I also that are natural and preservative free. So when I got my package of Dave’s Gourmet Pasta Sauces in the mail, I was beyond excited to try them. And I was NOT disappointed! I tried the Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce (3 Points Plus), the Wild Mushroom Pasta Sauce (2 Points Plus) and the Organic Red Heirloom Pasta Sauce (1 Points +), but he also has a few other amazing flavors as well: Masala Marinara Pasta Sauce (4 Points Plus), Organic Roasted Garlic & Sweet Basil Pasta Sauce (1 Points Plus), and Organic Roasted Garlic & Sweet Basil Pasta Sauce (1 Points Plus). I have to say, I adored all of the ones I tried, and am looking forward to buying some more. They are a little pricey ($8.99 for a 25.5oz jar), but when a product is made with such fresh, natural ingredients, the taste is superior and is well worth the extra cost. My favorite was the Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce, which was the winner of the “Best Pasta Sauce” at the New York Fancy Food Show. I’m not surprised…it was delish. Keep reading to learn more….

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Harmless Harvest Raw Coconut Water – 1 Points +

Harmless Harvest Raw Coconut Water

Ever since the first time I drank the water straight out of a coconut, I’ve been seriously hooked on coconut water. It’s so light, so mild, and so refreshing. But rarely do I ever feel like busting open a whole coconut to get the water inside. It’s a lot of work, and I’m just too lazy. So I just find it easier, and just as tasty, to buy the prepackaged coconut water from health food store. Though, with so many different brands available now, which one is the best? My personal favorite is Harmless Harvest Raw Coconut Water. It is the closest I have found to drinking straight out of the coconut. It is nothing short of delicious. And each 8 oz bottle is just 1 Points +! It’s the perfect, refreshing drink that is delicious and yet still very low calorie. Read more to learn about Harmless Harvest Raw Coconut Water…

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EnviroKidz Organic Peanut Choco Drizzle Crispy Rice Bars – 1 Points +

EnviroKids Organic Peanut Choco Drizzle Crispy Rice Bars

No need for these treat size snack bars to be just for kids! At just 1 Points + each, these tasty Organic Peanut Choco Drizzle Crispy Rice Bars are the perfect low calorie treat for when you have a sweet tooth to satisfy but don’t have many Points left for the day. They’re sweet, crispy brown rice bars, covered in a drizzle of chocolate and peanut butter, and they’re gluten free. It’s great to keep a bag of these on hand when you need a sweet fix – fast! Especially with all that tempting Halloween candy still lying around. The EnviroKidz Organic Peanut Choco Drizzle Crispy Rice Bars are a much healthier, and Weight Watchers friendly alternative.

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Wallaby Organic Greek Lowfat Yogurt – 4 Points +

Wallaby Organic Greek Lowfat Yogurt

A while back, I discovered my favorite Weight Watchers friendly yogurt, Wallaby’s Organic Nonfat Yogurt. Well, recently, Wallably has outdone itself with their new Organic Lowfat Greek Yogurts — holy moly, they are FANTASTIC! So incredibly rich and creamy, I was blown away by how delicious they are. They come in a two compartment container, so you can control how much of the fruit you want in your yogurt. My husband and I are still debating whether it’s best to just dump in all the fruit at the start, or to scoop a little bit of the Greek yogurt, then scoop a bit of the fruit onto the same spoon and eat it that way. Regardless, any way you choose to eat it, you will love it. Each container just ranges from 3-5 Points +, and is absolutely worth it, in my opinion. Thick, velvety and decadent this is, hands down, my absolute from yogurt.

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Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie Recipe – 0 Points +

Glowing Green Smoothie

Just recently, my BFF, Janice of Sew Girly Alterations introduced me to an amazing new smoothie recipe – Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie. Kimberly Snyder is a top Hollywood Nutritionist, and many of her clients are the celebrities whose bodies we drool over with envy. This green smoothie recipe is part of her Beauty Detox program and it’s something that she has all of her clients drink. The recipe helps you get in a tremendous amount of leafy greens, which we all know has amazing health benefits. You can read all about her and her Official Glowing Green Smoothie Recipe at her site. Eager to find ways to get in more veggies and get all those nutrients, I decided to give it a try, and I have to admit, I’m kind of in love with it. Janice suggested using orange juice to help the flavor, and I think that was absolutely brilliant. I also liked using lime instead of lemon. I truly thought it tasted fantastic, and the best part is that I really did feel satisfied until noon. I’ve started drinking it now on a daily basis and making batches to freeze, and I’m eager to reap the health benefits. Two things that I HIGHLY recommend to make this smoothie tasty and enjoyable is to keep it COLD. Very cold. And blend it as smooth as you can get it – use a good blender or mixer to puree the heck out of it. If you are looking to make a great investment, a Vitamix is the most recommended blender for this, giving the best results. Now, here’s the tricky/debatable bit of info about this smoothie….the Points + value. I’ve gone back and forth with a few leaders, and some folks on the Weight Watchers Community Forum, and most people feel that since this smoothie is made entirely of fresh fruits and veggies, it should be considered 0 Points +. I added up the nutritional stats for my version, and it comes out at 5 Points +. Personally, I have decided to count this as 0 Points +, as long as I only drink 1 serving a day. But armed with both options, feel free to make your own choice and track it appropriately. Regardless of how you plan to count the Weight Watchers Points, I definitely recommend adding this healthy smoothie recipe into your plan. It’s so so good for you, and will help fill you up. So get yourselves to a blender, ASAP! Here is my version of Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie Recipe. Enjoy!

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Amy’s Organic Chunky Tomato Bisque – 3 Points Plus

Amy's Organic Chunky Tomato Bisque

Need a quick, ready made soup for lunch that’s healthy, low calorie and delicious? Check out Amy’s Organic Chunky Tomato Bisque! It’s the best tomato soup I’ve ever had, and it’s just 3 Points Plus per serving. It’s made with just 8 natural, all organic ingredients, and it makes the perfect guilt free side dish to any tasty Weight Watchers Sandwich Recipe.

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