Weight Watchers Recipe
I have held off mentioning the “D” word for the first week of January, but as followers on my social media channels will know, (due to the excess of healthy food photos) I am back on a diet! I say I, but in reality it’s the two of us, Malcolm my husband and I. It’s been really easy so far, so easy in fact that I am feeling a trifle smug – I have two diets that I follow, the 5:2 Fast Diet (as regular readers will know) and good old Weight Watchers. I am a “Gold” member of Weight Watchers UK, having lost a staggering three stone over twenty years ago, and if I’m honest, although the 5:2 Diet is a faster way to lose weight and we both lost over two stone in six months, I prefer the sensible eating approach to food with Weight Watchers; there are NO banned or “forbidden” foods, you count points, which are easily found on-line, in WW booklets, via their own calculator and in WW recipe books, so the calories are all worked out for you in advance. And, we have NOT been hungry once this week. A sneaky “weigh- in” this morning revealed that in five days, I have already lost 2lbs! My “official” weigh in day is not for another two days, and I am hoping that may have gone up half a pound or so.
We have eaten breakfast EVERY day, a bowl of porridge with honey and mixed berries, (8 smart points), a proper cooked meal and then a light supper dish of salad, soup and/or sandwiches. The “extra” points that you are allowed each week, I have 35 at my disposal, are being saved for the weekend, when I am cooking a roast dinner for Sunday with a proper pudding for “afters”. If it were not “dry January” those extra points would be used for a glass or two of wine, but we’ll have to wait until February for that boozy treat. Most fruit and vegetables are “free” on the diet, which means I snack on apples, oranges and bananas when I’m hungry, and I pack in the veggies with the main meal to fill us up. Along with the WW diet, and to kick-start our weight loss, I’m sneaking in a fast day, making our week a 6:1 diet! As I say, it’s been easy peasy so far, and we have enjoyed today’s recipe of Healthy Three Cheese Macaroni Cheese Gratin, Baked Saffron Chicken, Baked Fish and Asparagus Parcels, Quorn Cottage Pie and Baked Fish and Chips………
I plan to share ALL of the above recipes, as well as many new ones I am developing over the next few weeks, in order to help all of my readers who may be looking for some low-calorie but tasty and filling meals to serve during the winter months. Most of the recipes are Weight Watchers, and will have Smart Points (and Pro Points) attached to them, and some recipes are so low in calories, that they will be perfect for anyone following the 5:2 Fast Diet – I will highlight that when I post the recipes. Although I am an avid follower of the 5:2 Fast Diet, I just feel that during the winter, and with my husband being ill lately with man flu’, we both need more than 500 and 600 calories for the day, and I also love my daily bowl of porridge for breakfast, which comes in at a hefty 200 calories when made with milk and with a teaspoon of Manuka honey added, which doesn’t leave many calories for the rest of the day. The recipe I am sharing for today for Healthy Three Cheese Macaroni Cheese Gratin, is STUNNINGLY good! It’s creamy and cheesy and when served with a side salad, is only 11 Smart Points, or 9 Pro Points.
I shared a photo of my plate of Healthy Three Cheese Macaroni Cheese on Instagram three days ago, and everyone loved it, as it currently has 1,345 likes! So, the recipe is obviously a hit already, which I hope it will be here too. The recipe I am sharing is my adapted recipe from the Weight Watchers website, and serves three people – if you want to serve this for a family supper, then just double the ingredients. I hope you all enjoy this as much as we did a few days ago, and all you need is a simple side salad to serve this classic comfort dish. Karen
Healthy Three Cheese Macaroni Cheese Gratin
Some other low-calorie recipes for 5:2 and Weight Watchers: