UPDATE: This post was updated January 3, 2024 to include the recipe card for this cauliflower mac n cheese. A great way to hide veggies!
I always hit my snooze at least once. Although I used to be a complete night owl, that’s turned around the older I’ve gotten. I don’t know what flips that switch? Hannah and Jacob can work from 5:00 to noon – come home, nap for four hours, stay up until two and then sleep until eleven the next morning. Ah to be in your mid-20’s again!
And for those of you who have been with me since nearly the beginning, can you believe Hannah is going to be 25 years old in a little over a month??!! She was 16 when I started this blog. And Joe will turn 28 this year – crazy!
So after hitting the snooze the first time, the second time (and I build in my snoozes so I am never running late) I reach for my phone, and check the weather. Yesterday it said 13 degrees. But it was sunny! Thanks Jenn for this picture (I stole it from my sister!)
I don’t even mind the cold when it’s sunny. It had me thinking, and I’ll have to look this up, but we might have had the least snowy January on record! Of course, that means we’ll have a snow storm at the end of March. I don’t mind late spring snow though, because it never lasts long.
I had simple egg sammie with fruit for breakfast yesterday. 7 smart points. While this was good as I was eating it yesterday I thought, “I should really bring my panini maker to work!” Ha!
Work was steady busy. Nothing crazy, just one thing right after another. I am not pushing my cough any more than I have to, so decided to eat lunch in the tenant lounge again. More turkey chili with cucumbers as chips instead of tortilla chips – saved me 4 smart points right there. Lunch came in at 7 points as well.
I normally pack way more fruit in my lunch bag than I usually eat, and was glad I did because on the train ride home I was starving for some reason. I ate a banana and a kiwi on the train ride home – that hit the spot.
I had an idea for dinner for an open face type of burger. I made cauliflower mac n cheese the night before last (I had to rewrite the recipe because when I looked back at my recipe it was when Weight Watchers was points plus, and a one cup serving based on those ingredients came in at 9 smart points!). I ate it when it was really warm out of the oven and it was a bit runny, not at all like I remembered. But after it cooled on the stove, it came together really well, like a regular mac n cheese. My idea was to make cauliflower mac n cheese “cakes” for the base of my baby burgers. It was either going to turn out really well or really bad – that’s usually how it goes with my cooking! Here is the recipe for the mac n cheese.
- 1 head cauliflower (about 4 cups)
- 2 cups chicken broth (or veggie broth)
- 3 ounces good sharp cheddar cheese, divided
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried onion
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 16 ounces leftover COOKED pasta (not 16 ounces dried)
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Microwave the cauliflower in the microwave, about 5 minutes or until fork tender.
- If you don't have cooked pasta, cook pasta according to package instructions and drain. Add to a casserole dish.
- Place all the remaining ingredients, except for one ounce cheddar cheese, in the food processor and process until smooth.
- Pour over the cooked pasta and stir to combine. Top with additional ounce of cheese, a bit more dried parsley and bake for 20 minutes.
This recipe is 6 WW points per serving as of the date of this publication. Click here for the WW tracker.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 808mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 10g
I put the recipe into the Weight Watcher recipe app, and it comes in at 6 smart points per cup, 3 points per half cup. For dinner last night I scooped out 1/2 a cup and divided that into two “cakes.” Since the mac n cheese was cold, it held together just fine. I heated up a pan with some Pam and a bit of coconut oil, and seared off each side of the cake for about 2 minutes a side – just until golden brown, then set those aside.
I cooked up two 3 ounce sirloin patties that I seasoned with just salt and pepper, and some Boar’s Head goat cheese. I put the baby burgers on top of my cauliflower cakes, then topped with Plochman’s angry mustard, some baby greens and had some sautéed mushrooms on the side. This plate came in at 10 smart points and was delicious!
The mac n cheese cakes had a nice little crusty to them, but were gooey and cheesy on the inside. Hannah fixed the mushrooms – they are delicious and she won’t share the recipe with either Jacob or me! After dinner I still had 6 points left for the day and ate 6 points of crack I mean granola to end out the day with 30 smart points.
I am really excited about tomorrow’s post, because Weight Watchers is talking about #freshfoodsFeb!
I watch a lot of youtube videos of other Weight Watchers who post “what I ate on 30 points with Weight Watchers” and I know I am probably the exception to the rule – someone who works a full day and enjoy coming home to cook, but a lot of these videos rely on so much processed food:
And trust me, I am not knocking that if that works for you. My goal for February though is to have at least two or three (5-7 ingredient or less) dinner ideas that use whole foods and no packaged goods. Work permitting of course, but it would be great if I could get someone to cook outside their comfort zone and cook from scratch just one night a week.
Alright, time to get my show on the road. Question of the Day: Do you rely on processed food in your weekly meal planning? Very curious to hear about it in the comments below!
Here is a Tuesday Thought for you – make it a great day!