This healthier mac and cheese recipe is a firm family favourite. It is full of flavour and vegetables but also low fat so really good for you.
Just Average Jen is an independent blog and in no way connected with any weight loss plan and no contributors have been trained by them or worked for them. It is the reader’s responsibility to check Slimming World syn values, WW points and any other allowances themselves as those given are approximate.
Macaroni cheese for weight loss
If you enjoy macaroni cheese but are trying to lose weight it can be really hard. Macaroni cheese is full of cheese, fat and generally delicious but not great for losing weight. This recipe is a much healthier version.
If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count the ingredients within this recipe in your allowances. It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.
Healthier mac and cheese budget shopping tips
Shopping around to see which shops have offers on your usual products can make a big difference to your weekly shopping bill. Additionally don’t forget to check out the yellow sticker reductions and freeze what you can. Leeks are often reduced and a great way to make this recipe even cheaper.
Frozen vegetables are nutritionally just as good as fresh usually so do keep an eye for those too to save money. If you use frozen leeks for this recipe I recommend draining any water from them after frying.
If you spot quark reduced in the supermarket it can easily be frozen and then defrosted in the fridge to use for this recipe or any of my other quark recipes.
Do you have any particular frozen vegetables you love? Do share them with me it is always nice to hear people’s recommendations.
Healthier Lunch ideas
If you are eating healthily you may have difficulty in finding lunches for work. This healthier mac and cheese is just one of many amazing lunch ideas I have found so do check out my other recipes for more ideas.
If you take lunch then you are so much less likely to buy food which inevitably will be less healthy. Taking a variety of food throughout the week to work keeps your lunchtimes interesting and stops you from getting bored.
Even if, like me, you work alone at home it can make such a difference having your food already prepared for you. Why not give it a go and make sure you build a variety of lunches into your weekly meal plan.
My healthy lunch essentials
Why you need vegetables to lose weight
Everyone knows vegetables are good for you, don’t they? They are healthy and filling for very few calories!
The best vegetables are those with low-calorie density. Basically, we are talking about the healthier vegetables – potatoes don’t count but butternut squash is much healthier for example!
This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and obviously, 100g of anything would fill you up significantly. On the other hand, 100g of crisps, which would be just as filling, is around 536 calories!
Find more tips about the best vegetables for weight loss.
In recipes like this healthier mac and cheese that need quark, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure it tastes good. Quark doesn’t have much flavour so ensure you flavour the dish well.
Due to the low-fat content of quark, it easily splits if heated too much or has hot water or hot liquid added to it. Be careful and stir in gradually and you should be ok.
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More healthy recipes you may enjoy
If you are vegetarian or want to eat more vegetarian or plant-based meals I have a full list of vegetarian and vegan recipes here. A tasty recipe with similar flavours to this mac and cheese is my cheesy leek and potato pie.
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A delicious healthier mac and cheese which tastes so naughty but is low fat and great on Slimming World or other weight loss plans
Preheat the oven to 200°c/Gas 6.
Cook macaroni pasta shapes according to packet instructions, strain and set aside.
Transfer leeks mixture and pasta to a mixing bowl and stir to mix well
Mix the tomato puree, beaten eggs, mustard powder and quark until smooth and add this to the leek mixture.
Season well and ass the cheese leaving a little to sprinkle on top.
Leave to stand for 5 minutes before serving.
The cost could be reduced using frozen leeks if required.
Keywords: pasta, pasta bake, mac and cheese
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