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Skinny Mac n Cheese for 88 cals a serving!?

July 4, 2013



Skinny Mac n Cheese for 88 cals a serving!?

Hey hey POPsters!

Ever since I started making these Cheap Clean Eats videos, I’ve been getting an overwhelming request for Mac n Cheese! It reminded me of my kindergarten days and walking down the grocery store aisles with my mom…begging her to buy me the Hamburger Helper or Kraft Easy Mac box! She always said no unless it was on sale. LOL. Well I am glad because I would have been addicted to those things!

So last week, I experimented with ways to make Mac n Cheese healthier. It was hard because it was either use cauliflower as the noodles or make it using whole wheat pasta elbows. I wanted something a little more creative…a little more out there. This is when I thought of my dear zero calorie shirataki noodles that I used to make pho with! I realized that they also made ziti noodles in the shape of baby hollow logs! It was perf.

ziti noodles

Miracle Noodles are made of 97% water and 3% fiber and are made from the root of the konnyaku plant. This type of noodle has been eaten by the Japanese for 1000s of years so it isn’t really anything new, just new to us! This bag of ziti noodles was only 5 calories and soaks up the flavor of the sauce that you put it in. If you’ve never eaten shirataki noodles before, they come in a baggy precooked and in a sea salty liquid. You need to rinse the noodles of the aroma, thoroughly pat them dry using paper towels. Since they are cooked, you can either eat them cold or put em on the pan or in the microwave to heat. I always like mine hot!

Here are the ingredients you will need:

skinny mac n cheese

If you want to make the mac n cheese EXTRA creamy, I recommend adding more cottage cheese! The cheddar is good for color, but the cottage is where it’s at! Here’s what my lovely dish ended up looking like after mixing up all of the ingredients and microwaving it!


Super easy! Hope you like! Also, if you use the code “Blogilates10” at checkout, you’ll get 10% off your order! Yay! Love discounts. Click here to see the noodles.

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July and enjoy the day with your fam and friends. I am off to the beach to get some sun, wear my new bikini, and watch some parades and fireworks. There’s also a muscle contest on the beach today so I may entertain myself and go watch that for bit! I guess you’ll see what I am up to from my Instagram pics!

Have fun and love you so much!

<3 Cassey


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  1. Brenna Garcia says:

    Different texture, I didn’t have a cottage cheese , almond milk, or low fat cheddar cheese. I had some plant-based mozzarella. And I added some of kinder’s buttery seasoning strirred it all together in the same pan that I boiled the water in that I drained, turned back on let the noodles, let them dehydrate more and then I added a pinch of spice, crushed pepper. Not too shabby. I would make it again too use up the bags I bought. I rinsed the noodles accordingly before cooking but I did get the basil or flavored noodle. Haven’t cooked the plain yet.

  2. nisrin zaifulsham says:

    can i just use the normal noodle ?

    1. Elizabeth Young says:

      of course you can, the main flavour comes from the sauce anyways. the noodles are just for texture and mouth feel

  3. layan says:

    Ehat is the last ingredient? ?

  4. Aimee says:

    I tried this with shitaki and it ended up HORRIBLE. it was watery and the sea salt taste was still there and it was really gross 🙁 how does casey make it so good??&.&:/&/&/9/xksksksksk

    1. Patti says:

      I drained and then put them in my lettuce spinner and even blew them dry a little bit with my blow dryer mine is cooking in the oven so the jury is still out

  5. Larayna says:

    So I found those “miracle noodles” today at Albertson’s. It was a different brand name, but it was a Shirataki noodle! They were in the fresh produce section by the stir-fry noodles! And the best part is they were only $1.99 a bag! Just a heads up for everyone who was looking for them!

  6. Awesome recipe… can’t wait for ziti to be available here in Australia (sadly, only a fraction of the range is available here). Still, I suppose there is nothing stopping me from using what is available 🙂

    This is the first time I’ve seen one of your videos… you have a fantastic on camera personality for videos. I haven’t been brave enough to do personal video like this for my website.

  7. O says:

    I definitely wanna try this out! But I’m allergic to nuts! D: Any alternatives to almond milk?

    1. srh94 says:

      you could just try unsweetened soy milk, just as good.

  8. Amanda H says:

    I’ve never seen the ziti shape in stores before! Have you ever found them off line?

    I really love the angel hair shape for cooking Asian inspired recipes. Thought you might appreciate the recipe for this GIANT under 400 calorie vegan bowl of noodles on my blog: It’s so big I ate it out of a mixing bowl 🙂

  9. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was wondering what all is required to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
    I’m not very web savvy so I’m not 100% certain. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Many thanks

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  11. Lizzie says:

    Just made these for breakfast but with normal pasta. Mmmhh, with some more cottage cheese on the side, it was awesome. To me, the mustard part of the recipe was questionable, but it worked beautifully (I used normal mustard; not dry). Thanks for another great, easy recipe, Cassey!

  12. Lorraine says:

    I just made skinny mac n cheese and overall? it was quite good, I added a tad of organic yogurt to add a kick to the flavour. Thanks for the recipe x

  13. Jessica says:

    Just made it! I used spaghetti shirataki and it didn’t real work out :/ it didn’t become cheesy, just watery and clumps of cheese. Well you live and learn! (:

    1. Megan says:

      HAHA I did the same thing, and it was kind of terrible. Tasted good, but wasn’t melty and delicious like it should have been. I am ordering from the website, since I can’t find the Ziti anywhere locally.

  14. Alie says:

    You are hilarious! I’m now going to attempt my own for dinner.

  15. Sheena Morton says:

    you are seriously so amazing! this look sooo, so good! I love how fun and entertaining your videos are. It seriously wants to make me try all the recipes. You are such an inspiration and ive been following you for close to a year now and dont plan to stop any time soon 🙂 thanks so much for this one, mac and cheese is so one of my downfalls!!!

  16. Eve says:

    Could you do an healthy recipe for cupcakes, I love them but I find it difficult to make beautiful and healthy ones. The frosting never looks as good as the original butter/sugar frosting, and cupcakes should be delicious and cute, shouldn’t they? 🙂
    Thank you again for your support, your motivation, everything I needed to go back in shape !
    (Sorry english isn’t my mother tongue)

  17. Tessa says:

    Hey!! Could you please make printable versions of the recipes? They all sound so good!!!!! Xxx

  18. La De Da says:

    These noodels gave me the WORST gas for like THREE days! Anyone else have that experience?

  19. Cady says:

    Could you use whole-wheat noodles if you wanted to? I like using ingredients I already have in my kitchen! 🙂

  20. linda H says:

    That mac and cheese looked delicious! Yummy! Also, could you please put out the recipe for that key lime pie you made….Please? I just love me some Key Lime Pie.

    1. s6milerun says:

      I’m waiting for the key lime pie recipe as well!

  21. YEAJI says:

    Hi Cassey
    Whenever I watch Cheap Clean Eats Videos, I think your outfis are really beautiful!
    I want to know where do you get those stylish dresses. Please let me know someday 🙂

  22. Nicole says:

    That looks really good! Just out of curiosity, are you going to blog about the results of the dietbet? I’d love to know how it went!

  23. Matilda says:

    I never understood why american’s love mac n cheese. Seriously no matter how many times I try it or taste it I can never like it, i t’s just not my thing. But I do love that you have made a better version of it for those of you that do love it.

  24. Michelle Frew says:

    Hey cassey or popsters around the world do you know where I can get miracle noodles shipped to Scotland cheap? Or where I might find them thank you xxx

    1. teilzeitDAU says:

      hi michelle
      i usually buy my shirataki/konjac noodles or kelp noodles in asian stores (kelp noodles aren’t the same as shirataki/konjac noodles but they have the same benefits, i.e.: almost no cals, lol).
      they might not be called miracle noodles, but these no-name ones are just as good, and a lot cheaper (esp. if you’d have to order the miracle ones online).

      just a quick word about kelp noodles to warn you: when i first bought those i was kinda grossed out by the texture they had before they were cooked (they were kinda rubbery and made a squeaky sound, really weird and hard to explain) BUT once they were cooked (i.e. after about 1-2mins) they “behaved” like normal noodles and they were delish 🙂

      what i found about any zero-calorie noodles (konjac or kelp), though, is that i get hungry again quite soon (or maybe it’s just my imagination?), it’s like when you have some water when you’re hungry; it fills you up for the moment but you’ll be hungry again soon. but maybe that’s just me 🙂
      so what i usually do is i mix in some zucchini or carrots (which i cut with a julienne knife so they look like noodles too), this keeps me full a lot longer.

      hope this helps!

    2. Kayleigh Hames says:

      Hi Michelle,

      Holland and Barrett do them, they’re about £2 a bag. You can get them on Amazon as well and I was going to do the subscribe option to save money but you have to wait AAAAAGES!!! I’d rather get the H&B reward points and spend a few more pennies!

    3. Robyn says:

      The miracle noodles website ships to the UK! The starter packs are actually really good value too.

  25. Lauren says:

    This looks super yummy! I’m totally fangirling right now because I found one of Cassey’s motivational quotes on the Shape Magazine website!
    Here’s the link!

  26. Lynn says:

    The mac ‘n cheese looks delicious, Cassey!

  27. Amber says:

    Oh…my…This looks AHMAZING! I am so making this this weekend. Thanks for the recipe!

  28. Julie says:

    I really love this series Cassey! It’s literally a dream come true because it is just so RELEVANT to my desire for comfort food and my desire to be healthy so thank you so so so so much!

  29. Cassie says:

    Hi Cassey and hi everyone :)!

    I have a question for you.. If i don’t want to rest on Friday and to do my workout – on the calendar – and rest on Sunday can I ??



    1. Liz S says:

      My work schedule changes every week so I do this all the time with no problems. For example, you could do saturday’s workout tomorrow and rest on saturday. It doesn’t effect the overall workout schedule.

    2. ohsobrilliant says:

      I don’t think that is a problem since you’re still working out six days a week and following the calendar… 😐

  30. Elizabeth says:

    Are there miracle noodles in canada? I live near a Fortinos and have NEVER seen them!

    1. Caroline says:

      I live in Toronto and, if not miracle noodles, you can definitely find shirataki/konnyaku or shirataki-tofu noodles in the refrigerated section of many grocery stores. You can find it at health food stores and asian markets.

  31. Anja says:

    Amazon sells them, too, and in smaller packet sizes. But shipping adds up.

    // Camilla Christine ♥♥

  33. Rebecca says:

    Hey cassey!

    You’re so cute! I was always begging for hamburger helper too and one day I got it and didn’t realize you had to add your own meat! Then I just tossed it out.

    Vegan Mac and cheeses are super popular nowadays and a healthier (though not low calorie) version I’ve tried is to use cashew butter or any nut butter mixed with miso and thinned out with water, broth, or milk! It’s SO good. Definitely give it a try!

  34. Brooke says:

    Would a serving be like 3 oz. ? Also is there anywhere else you could purchase the miracle noodles? But that looks so good and tasty, The next Cheap Clean Eats should be something like a clean dirt pudding, or clean vegan/vegetarian burgers.

    1. Christine says:
      The only problem is you have to buy it in bulk! I can’t afford to spend 35 bucks on noodles…

        1. Brooke says:

          It’s okay thank you(:

  35. Cynthia says:

    So much excitement for one dish…you’re amazing Cassey 🙂

  36. Mara says:

    So love it Cassey ♥ yay! so yummy and healthy. love the cheese ^_^

  37. VL Fanai says:

    yay Cassey! looks so yummy!! ^^

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