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NIRERIN Posts: 14,234
2/8/13 8:39 A

i had mac and cheese last night. i used an ounce of dry pasta, a cup of chopped cauliflower, an ounce of velveeta, a teaspoon of nutritional yeast, a 1/4 tsp paprika, a dash of cayenne, 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk with a half cup of frozen peas. 280 cals, 42 g carbs, 7 g fat, 15 g protein, 7 g fiber and 536 sodium. and that was for almost four cups of food.
when i make the boxed stuff i add a teaspoon of oil instead of the Tablespoon called for [or butter or whatever it is] and i add a cup or two of chopped veg and occasionally a cup or two of beans [i cook from dried, portion into cups and freeze so that i have the convenience of canned with the sodium content of the dried]. i do this with all the lipton/knorr sides and boxed mixes as well. add a little less oil than called for, a cup or two of veg and a cup or two of beans. it generally cuts the calories, fat and sodium in half while increasing the protein and the fiber. and it's the least intensive cooking ever while still turning on a burner.

i also love mixing zucchini in with pasta. i like mine on the more raw side, so i cut the zucchini in the same shape or size as the pasta and add it to the just cooked and drained pasta. then i stir to mix and add whatever sauce i was planning on. i aim for at least a third of the volume being the zuke and up to half to two thirds. that really cuts down on the cals as those kinds of vegetables have significantly less calories than pasta.

i've also seen recipes for meatballs that incorporate vegetables. so load your pasta up with veggies. load your red sauce up with veggies [grate anything into it]. load your meatballs up with veggies. and you'll be able to either eat the same amount of calories from a greater volume of food or eat the same volume of food for fewer calories.

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2/8/13 8:02 A

Check out They have lots of slimmed down meals that can satisfy your craving for comfort food without blowing your calorie budget.

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2/8/13 7:45 A

No food should be off limits, imo. You just have to find ways to make your favourite meals healthy and watch your portion sizes. Homemade is the way to go.

There's actually a butternut squash mac and cheese recipe on Sparkrecipes I'm planning on trying this week:

You could use turkey meatballs instead of beef and use whole grain pasta. Just watch your serving size and have a salad or other side with it to help fill you up.

I consider every meal I eat, comfort food. I love eating and cooking. Losing weight has never stopped me from enjoying every meal I make and getting excited when a meal/snack time rolls around. I've just learned to channel it into the process of making the food myself, food that packs all the good, healthy nutrients, vitamins and minerals I need and then sitting back and enjoying the fruits of my labour. If anything, I love and crave food more now than I did when I was overweight. I just know how to limit myself now and put the *right* foods in my mouth. I also eat more often now! 5 meals a day as opposed to 2 when I was overweight. Food before my lifestyle changes was just a quick fix. Now it's an adventure, I try new recipes and foods I never dreamt of trying before. I slow down and savour them.

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2/8/13 7:22 A

After being really good for the past month, this week I am continually craving comfort food! Mac&cheese, spaghetti and meatballs etc. I have not been feeling great and am very overtired. Sticking to portion size goes right out the window. Any suggestions????

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