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Lean & Green Mini Mac in a Bowl

Optavia Counts:

  • 1 Leaner
  • 3 Greens
  • 1 Healthy Fat
  • 3 Condiments
  • 1 1⁄2 Optional Snack

Are you Looking for a quick and healthy meal that is both delicious and easy to prepare? Look no further than our Lean & Green Mini Mac in a Bowl recipe! This dish is a healthier twist on the classic mac and cheese, with added vegetables and lean protein to create a complete and satisfying meal. Plus, it can be prepared in just a few minutes, making it the perfect option for busy weeknights or when you’re short on time. So grab a bowl and let’s get cooking!

  • Yield: 1 serving
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Cuisine: American
  • Contains: Soy (Salad dressing), Meat, Dairy

Per serving:

  • 400 calories
  • 47g protein
  • 18g carbohydrate
  • 15g fat

Lean & Green Mini Mac in a Bowl


  • 2 tbsp diced onion
  • 140g lean ground or minced beef
  • 2 tbsp light Thousand Island salad dressing (<5g carbohydrate per 30mL)
  • 1⁄2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1⁄2 tsp onion powder
  • 3 cups (140g) shredded romaine lettuce
  • 11⁄2 tbsp reduced-fat cheese, like cheddar, shredded or
  • cut into small pieces
  • 30g dill pickles, sliced
  • 1⁄2 tsp sesame seeds
  • Lean & Green Mini Mac in a Bowl

Lean & Green Mini Mac in a Bowl


  1. Heat a small, lightly greased skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the beef and cook until thoroughly browned.
  2. Meanwhile, mix together dressing, vinegar, and onion powder.
  3. To assemble: Top lettuce with ground beef and sprinkle with cheese. Top with pickle slices, drizzle with sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds.


You may substitute an equal amount of sliced cucumber or a cup of kimchi instead of the dill pickles.

Optavia Lean and Green Recipes

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