Get Joy Bauer's low-calorie, paleo-friendly cheesy pasta and chocolate lava cake

Creamy mac n’ cheese and gooey chocolate lava cake—these decadent dishes are off the menu if you’re watching your weight, right? Not a chance. I’ve cut more than half the calories off the standard restaurant versions with my too-good-to-be-healthy recipes so you can enjoy without an ounce of guilt.

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Creamy sauce, delicious pasta, and plenty of melted cheese—you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t love this classic comfort food. The only problem is this childhood favorite can cost you more than 1,300 calories. My healthy spin, which swaps the pasta for spaghetti squash, goes for just a fraction of that. You know what that means? Plenty of room for dessert (and of course, I have a slim suggestion for that, too…keep reading!).

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Joy Bauer's chocolate lava cake, on teh TODAY show, August 30th 2016.

Joy's Chocolate Lava Cake

The molten chocolate “lava” oozes from the center of this moist, velvety devil’s food cake—cue rumbling tummy and salivating taste buds. Go ahead and grab your fork. You can dig in to this single-serve dessert for only 150 calories. Get the recipe here.

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